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The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

May 2005

Vol 1, No. 9

Steve Penna


Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Melanie Meyers

Contributing Writer

Nick Mukhar, Kathleen Ehat

Student Writers

Dale McKee, Damaris Divito

Graphics and Layout

DJ Design

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Special Assignment Photography

Hello Redwood City, and welcome to the ninth edition of The

Spectrum Magazine! We are especially We say that every

month but this month we have a little of everything for you.

First, we want to thank our readers for visiting our website: – and voting in our Monthly Poll.

After fixing our technical problems, we got 214 residents (not counting

duplicate votes) responding to how they were voting on the

Parcel Tax - Measure V. 64 %Yes and 36% saying No. You will see

in Steve Penna’s column “As I Was Saying” we compared to

the actual results.

Visit – – to see what this month’s

Monthly Poll is and let your voice be heard! We will report the poll

results in next month’s issue.

Last month, we received several emails, phone calls and letters about

Penna’s column comments regarding the day laborer situation and

the effect that it is having on our community. Several questioned why

he did not talk about the supply-and-demand factor. Supply-anddemand

suggests that if there were no demand for day laborer

services, they would not be there. Therefore, the fault rests with the

businesses that are using their services. We hear you all, and that issue

will be addressed in the coming months.

Our business profile this month is on Encore Performance Catering.

The owner, Dave Hyman, is an involved business leader who believes

that providing quality service on a business level meshes with contributing

to the community he makes a living in. As you will read, it

is a great combination.

We have two youth profiles this month that will impress you after

reading about the contributions they are making to our community

and themselves.

It is all about photographs, and we have plenty of them this month.

Look into their eyes and see their stories.

We encourage our readers to support our business advertisers by

using their services when you can. They are the real reason you are

reading community news this and every month. If you are inclined to

do so, we also encourage you to subscribe to our publication by filling

out the form below. You can have The Spectrum delivered by

mail to your home each month for only $30 per year, seniors $24.

Until next month, we hope you will all be good community minded

residents and enjoy Redwood City!

Table of Contents

Inside the Spectrum . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Teachers Who Care . . . . . . . . . . .5-6

Cultural Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Community News . . . . . . . . . .17, 20

Business Spotlight: Encore Catering . . .8

“As I Was Saying” by Steve Penna . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 23

Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Cover Story “To Serve & Protect,” 14, 15

Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12, 19

Social Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

“A Minute With...” . . . . . . . . . . . .26

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Inside The Spectrum:

Our cover photo shoot

After securing visitor passes, they were all guided to the second floor where Bolanos’s

office is located. His office has a friendly atmosphere with photos and sentimental

keepsakes surrounding his desk and conference table, which gives the impression

Bolanos is not only working for our community but is an active participant as well.

As we began the shoot, the conversation was flowing. Bolanos teased Penna about his

ability to acquire parking tickets, Kaspar and Balanos shared stories about mutual

friend - former Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Durkin, and Divito tried to lighten the

mood with her cheerleading while fighting off a virus that kept her home from work

for two days.

We quickly learned that Bolanos would be a tough shoot because he is genuinely modest

and therefore not a poser - he is natural. We then went outside to catch him in the

setting of the front walkway entrance and got a good shot of him, which is on our


Spectrum photographer James R. Kaspar and cover subject Redwood City Poice Chief Carlos G. Bolanos

Photo by Steve Penna

Redwood City Police Chief Carlos Bolanos has been high on our list of potential cover

subjects. When Publisher Steve Penna arranged this month’s photo shoot for Thursday

May 12 at 2:30 p.m., he did so trying to conceal to Bolanos that he would be our cover

subject. He just told him, “we are doing something on you but have not decided just

what.” Besides, once we get into the production of The Spectrum anything can change

and we would never promise anyone they would be on the cover.

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

at the Police Station on Maple Street, with Stylist Damaris Divito closely behind.

Although Bolanos is a well-known and recognized figure in our community, and is

accessible to his community, many don’t get the opportunity to actually sit down with

him and discover who he really is. Bolanos impresses us as someone who is competent,

strong in his convictions and believes that he is here to Protect and Serve the community

he calls home.

If one wonders why the Redwood City Police Department is well respected throughout

San Mateo County and known as a department that is efficient and effective, one

needs to look no further then its leader Carlos Bolanos to figure out why. We commend

him for that and feel our readers will feel the same way after reading about him.

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Teachers Who Care:

Lupe and Gil Guzman

by Judy Buchan - contributing writer

Patrons of Redwood City’s Powerhouse Gym who wonder why a collection box for

donated books is part of the gym’s decor need only ask fellow gym member Gil

Guzman and his sister Lupe. The brother and sister teaching duo at Taft School are the

second year of their book drive.

Lupe explained that the book drive began when she met her former high school counselor

and asked for help with potential projects at Taft. The counselor formed a advocacy

group that worked on securing book donations. “We got nearly 1,000 books

donated last year,” Lupe said.

But this is a book drive with a twist. Instead of giving the books away to students, the

books were first sold for $0.25-$1.00 at Taft’s community fair in last June.

“And the kids loved it!” brother Gil added. “The books are not free. A quarter is a lot

of money to these kids, and we want them to think about what they want to do with

their money. It gives them a sense of responsiblity.” Parents and kids were also excited

to purchase books at a school event this past March, where a classroom was transformed

into a bookstore.

Funds from last year’s book sales enabled Taft students to participate in a field trip to

Chabot Observatory; similar events are planned with proceeds from future book sales.

But it’s more than books for Lupe and Gil. It’s memories of their past, perceptions of

the neighborhood that they believe need to be changed and a few realities that need


Lupe and Gil were born in Mexico, and came to the United States when she was four

years old and he was two. Both have experienced the frustration of racial barriers during

their school years. Gil remembers vividly how he was placed in an English as a

Second Language class even though he was fluent in English. Lupe battled to be admitted

to college prep classes in her high school, finally transferring to another school to

get the classes she wanted.

The longstanding stereotype of East Redwood City is another concern for both. Taft

families are “hardworking people,” Gil said. The idea of the “East Side” is purely a

“negative,” according to Lupe. “I want people to know this is a safe, happy place,”

Lupe said. “We need to come together as a community to deal with all the issues,” she


Gil is in his fourth year at Taft, teaching second grade transition classes. Lupe is in her

third year, teaching third grade transition. “Transition” simply means working with the

students as they transition to the English language. Most of their classes are equally

split between using English and Spanish. Language arts for Lupe takes about one and

one-half hours a day, in English.

According the Taft School Accountability Report Card, during the 2003-2004 school

year, 85.4% of the school’s 561 students were Hispanic; 5.5% were Caucasian; 4.6%

included other groups such as American Indian, Asian, Filipino, and African American;

and 4.5% were Pacific Islander.

Taft is also the primary school for students who are classified as “Bilingual

Newcomers.” These students are bused from other schools in the district. Special

Education classes are also a focus at Taft.

Ask about student turnover, and both teachers agree that the high cost of living in the

Bay Area is a major factor. Both Lupe and Gil have lost seven students to turnover -

whether it be to families who return to Mexico or families who must leave the

Peninsula to another community in California.

Gil and Lupe are very concerned about the impact from the recent property tax election.

The defeat of Measure V means the loss of seven to eight teachers, the library

cut to one-half time, and the probable elimination of school resource staff. In addition,

Lupe expects her current class size of 16 students will jump to 29 students next

year. “And there’s no place to put them,” she sighed as she looked around her classrom.

Desite the frustrations, both young teachers are excited about the Taft Community

Fair, set for June 12, noon-6 p.m., on the lawn area at the school. This is a communi

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And there’s more promise in the future, with the long-range plan for Taft to become a

community school. That means that vital community services, including medical, dental,

mental health, and after school programs

would be located on campus. “After school

programs are postitive for kid,” Lupe said.

They come together in a safe place to learn.”

Donations for the book drive are much needed

and gratefully accepted. Books of any type

are welcome, especially books in Spanish.

Guided reading materials are also needed.

Lupe and Gil will pick up donations, or they

may be dropped off at the school. Reach them

at Taft, 650-369-2589, or by email (Lupe

Guzman,, Gil


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ty, they explained, where folks are “scared to seek help.” Representatives from the

medical and chiropractic fields will be in attendance, along with police officers and firefighters.

The interaction between the neighbors and police and fire is critical to building

trust, Lupe and Gil said. Besides, kids love to climb on fire engines and turn on

sirens in patrol cars. The City’s Police Activities League, headquartered on the Taft

campus, will also be represented at the fair. And, of course, there’s the book sale.

“Come to the fair and see what it’s really like here,” Lupe said.

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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.

EXHIBITS — OPENING — “Fleeting Fashions,’’ May 22 through Sept. 9. An exhibit

of 19th- and 20th-century costumes and accessories from the museum’s collection.

Most of the costumes are from Peninsula 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.

SPECIAL EVENT — “From Vision to Realty,’’ May 21, 2 p.m. Members of the

Foster City Historical Society will discuss the planning and development of one

of the newest cities on the Peninsula, as recounted in the new book “Images of

America: Foster City.’’ $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


On May 21, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. the annual spring fundraiser for Child Advocates, a nonprofit

organization helping find homes for abused and neglected children, will be held in

the gardens of a historic home in Los Altos. The event features an auction of over 100

handcrafted birdhouses created by local artists, as well as unique garden and decorative

art such as outdoor sculptures and fountains. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, speakers

and entertainment. $60 general; $20 children ages 3 to 14; free for children under

age 3. 210 Alta Vista Ave., Los Altos. (408) 573-5674 or













FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 650-366-2265or E-MAIL - or visit

their WEBSITE -


Nearly $33,000 will be distributed by the Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club of Redwood

City/Menlo Park to local and international non-profit agencies on May 24. The event will

occur at 7:30 a.m. in front of City Hall in Redwood City. All recipient groups will have their

representatives present to accept the checks. Proceeds from the Rotary Club’s recent

“Irish Night” fund raising event is the source for these charitable gifts. The Peninsula

Sunrise Rotary club meets each Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Waterfront

Restaurant at Pete’s Harbor, 1 Uccelli Boulevard in Redwood City. For more information

about the charitable distribution event on May 24, or about club meetings, contact club

president, Lorianna Kastrop, 368-7143.


will meet on June 2 at 149 Clinton St., RC. Social 11:30 am, lunch ($10.00) at noon,

followed by meeting. Guests welcome. Information: 363-1266


The Veterans Memorial Senior Center was established in 1982 and offers a variety of

health and wellness programs that celebrate community connections.

A team of professional staff and volunteers provide services in a warm and friendly

atmosphere. Recreational, educational, expressive arts, and health and wellness classes

provide the opportunities to make friendships and support healthy lifestyles.

The programs also include traditional senior services, such as nutritious home-style

lunches, transportation, and outreach programs to assist the elderly who are at home.

“Seniors in our community are helping to redefine the way we view aging. Older adults

come to us for Tai Chi classes, computer classes, and volunteer jobs,” said Linda Griffith,

Manager of the Community Services Department. “They appreciate the health and wellness

programs we offer and the opportunity to give back to their community through volunteerism.”

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 780-7270, or visit their

website at

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center is located at 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City.

Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department provides

recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests,

and supplies building and custodial services for City

buildings. Redwood City Parks also operates the

Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks

Community Center, providing social, educational, and

cultural activities, as well as information, referral, and

counseling services to persons living in Redwood City

and neighboring communities.

Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its website is

located at

Visit Redwood City’s website at for

information about the City and its services, the community,

recreation programs, education, City government,

and local business.

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Encore! Encore!

Dave Hyman leaves them wanting more!

By: Melanie Meyers

Contributing Writer

After 18 years as the owner of Redwood City's Encore Performance Catering,

Dave Hyman has had his share of stories. One such story is the time he catered

a wedding while on a boat in San Francisco Bay, where several pieces of his

equipment fell overboard. The next day he went back suited up in his scuba gear and

retrieved every piece from the floor of the bay. Presently as the lead chef of Encore

Performance Catering, Hyman remains someone who can get the job done when it

matters most. Confirmation of this can be found within abundant testimonials from

the company's collection of cards sent by past clients. Hyman continues to practice the

art of cooking and creating new ideas from valuable sources such as cooking subscriptions,

client suggestions and from kitchen experiments.

Hyman's dream to

own a restaurant business

came at the age of

16 working as a bus

boy at Nick's restaurant

in Pacifica.

Hyman's other childhood

dream was to

travel the world. After

working in the restaurant

business through

his high school years

he served four years in

the U.S. Navy and

became a member of

the U.S. Navy Seal

elite. Subsequent to

serving in the Navy,

Hyman returned to

the restaurant business.

"For four years I

was learning how to

do things that are off the wall totally unrelated to catering but it has helped in the discipline

and the stamina to do this job. It's paid off in that sense and opened a lot of

doors for me.", said Hyman.

One example where

Hyman truly tries to go the

extra mile for his clients is

in dealing with funeralrelated


Hyman bases his efforts on

his own experiences after

his father died. This has

allowed him to take a

unique service and sensitivity-oriented

approach that

allows the family to concentrate

on celebrating the life of their loved one instead of focusing on arrangements.

Hyman helps take pressure off by coordinating multiple vendors such as florists, etc.

and providing a one-stop solution. Additionally, he pays special attention to the family

and their needs. He solicits information about their loved one in order to produce

catering that specifically celebrates that person's life. He has become so adept at this

that one family referred to him as moving among them during the event as if he were

a member of the family. Their note goes on to say "You took one huge worry off the

shoulders of our Mom…She couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome."

Hyman calls this service "Celebration of Life" to emphasize the celebratory and positive

nature of his approach. One of the best features of this service is Hyman's ability

to put together a full solution with just 48 hours notice in many cases.

Hyman also has a strong sense of community and participates in many communityoriented

events. He participates in the City Trees program helping to plant and

maintain greenery around the area and works with other local organizations such as the

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, and Rebuild Together. He participates

in the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury. Additionally, Hyman is proud of

the fact that his business products are nearly 100% recyclable, and, they contribute

their leftovers to Saint Anthony's Dining Room in Redwood City.

Encore Performance Catering emphasizes performance through use of fresh, high

quality ingredients and perfect presentation. Many of the cards he has received reflect

this and contain lavish words of praise for his food and his service, such as one client

who writes "…I appreciated how well you handled all the details…[We received] many

positive comments on the food." Encore reflects his focus on winning repeat business

through performance. Many of his clients come back time after time because they are

so happy with his consistent results.

One way in which Hyman achieves his personalized service is by asking his clients to

schedule time to sit down and talk specifically about the food and their event. This

allows him to get a sense of their personality, their desires, the theme and ambience

they are seeking, and, ways in which he can help them achieve their vision of the

perfect event. Hyman recognizes that it's not just delicious food, but, food that

enhances and accentuates the special occasion that keeps his clients coming back for


Encore Performance Catering is located at 2992 Spring Street, Unit C, Redwood City,

94063. Their website is available at, and their phone

number is 650-365-3731.

Hyman's menu goes on for 8 pages of mouthwatering suggestions for everything from

Continental Breakfasts to Formal Dinners. Despite an entire page devoted just to

warm appetizers, these are

mere suggestions and

Hyman is quick to offer

additional possibilities to fit

any occasion.

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As I was saying...


Steve Penna


It’s only May but the Redwood City Council race

in November is already shaping up to be one of

the most competitive in years. All four

incumbents – Mayor Jeff Ira, Jim Hartnett, Diane

Howard and appointed councilwoman Alicia

Aguirre are all running for re-election. In a normal

election, there would be few if no candidates running

against them – but this is a unique year. With

the status quo all supporting failed Measure Q and

Measure V, it is seen as a opportunity to either gain

control of the Council by running a slate or sneak in

as an individual candidate wanting to make a


Aguirre is vulnerable – the last two appointed council

members Fernando Vega and Ian Bain did not win reelection

the following year, and although she is well

known in the education circles she needs to attract

support from the business and senior communities

to win.

Of the persons that applied to be appointed in

January, Paul Sanfilipo, Mark Martinho, Jim

Thompson and Hilary Paulson, have all expressed

interest in running. Sanfilipo and Martinho are

undecided and Paulson and Thompson will run.

The group that defeated the Marina Shores project –

Measure Q - Housing Not High-rises is actively interviewing

candidates to support (they will support only

3) and will play an important role in this election. I am

sure they will support Paulson since she is a member

,and Mayor Ira seems to have captured their attention.

But as far as the other incumbents don’t look for

them to support any of them. They differ on the

issues this group feels is important - Cargill Salt

expansion, affordable housing, the downtown plan

and the water supply issue.

To the disappointment of many, community leader

Janet Borgens will not be running, Her camp feels it

will be very expensive campaign and that the timing

is not right for her to step up. Too bad, many feel she

was a shoo-in.

* * * *

I am hearing that once Sheriff Don Horsley leaves his

position in 2006 and Under Sheriff Greg Monks is

elected, Redwood City Police Chief Carlos Bolanos

will take Monks position. It is no secret that Monks

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Redwood City businesses here to serve

you from Emerald Hills to the Flatlands!

The Spectrum staff has been out looking for the best restaurants, financial institutions, home

and auto care providers, and many more businesses in Redwood City. We like businesses that

not only provide quality service but also take an active role in our community by donating their

services and/or time. We have found some great ones for you. Here is our Best of the Best


Lewis Carpet Cleaners: 1.800.23.LEWIS - Rick Lewis, Founder, Lewis Carpet &

Upholstery Cleaners, started his business in 1985 out of his home using a small portable

machine. Today, Lewis successfully operates and manages an office/warehouse of six

employees and has five working vans with future plans for expansion and growth. Lewis

moved his business from San Mateo to Redwood City in 1995. The Lewis family works,

lives and resides in Redwood City and have truly made this town their home. They are committed

to the vision and success of our community, and with relentless effort will continue

to support the community devoting time, efforts, energy and services today and in the

future. Lewis has built his company on a foundation of integrity, loyalty and communication.

Call and ask about their Spectrum special. You can get 100 sq. ft. of carpet cleaning

for absolutely nothing $0.00. Call today!

Edward Jones: 702 Marshall Street #515 - For decades, Edward Jones believed in building

relationships through face-to-face interaction, and adhering to a strategy of recommending

quality investments that have proven themselves over time. They understand that this

approach might be considered unfashionable. But if it means helping their clients achieve

their goals, whether for retirement, education, or just financial security, it’s an approach they

plan to stick to. So does Investment Representative David Amann who manages their

Redwood City office.

City Pub: 2623 Broadway – Talk about Redwood City flare – this pub favorite offers a wide

range of items on its menu including: Starters & Soups, Burgers & Sandwiches, Pastas &

Entrees, and of course 24 Beers on tap, Beverages & Wine. City Pub also has a Kids menu

and serves Breakfast on Saturday and Sundays from 11: a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They offer daily

specials and feature Fish and Chips on Friday’s. You will enjoy the outdoor front patio once

the warm weather begins.

First National Bank: 700 El Camino Real - In the ever-merging world of the banking

industry, it’s hard to find places where the consumer or small business owner’s voice still

matters. Independent banks and small local banking chains, which would take the time to

listen, are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Luckily this is not the case at First National

Bank of Northern California, according to Brian Palter. Palter is the branch manager of the

Redwood City location, which is currently housed at 700 El Camino Real. “When we have

a new client and do right by them,” said Palter, “they tell others.” Doing right by a client,

whether old or new, requires taking extra steps in situations which nationwide chains might

not do. Give Brian a call and see what he means!

OK Maguey: 2616 Broadway –Redwood City’s newest and best Mexican restaurant has a

full dinner menu of reasonably priced selections that will keep you coming back for more.

They now featuring a lunch menu starting at $5.95 and up, and they also feature live music

every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening to enhance your eating experience. The outdoor

patio is great for those warm night.

Bluefin Sushi & Teriyaki Grill: 2327 Broadway –Whether you dine in or take out you will

find out their sashimi, Nigiri sushi, donburi, and bento dishes are irresistible! No MSG/No

chemical additives added. Low in Cholesterol. Low in Calories. Low in Sodium. 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!

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 also have an upstairs area to accommodate

large and small private parties, 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! Check

out and use their coupons in this month’s Spectrum.

American Capital Financial: 2317 Broadway #200 – Treat yourself to the ultimate gift –

a new home! They make it easy for you to bid on a house by having your pre-approval letter

with you. 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?

Re:Juvenate Skin Care: 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 - Treat yourself, you deserve it!

RE:JUVENATE’s 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.

Their 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. You can have a complimentary consultation by calling

650.261.0500 and mentioning The Spectrum Magazine. Yes, you do!

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – You will find everything at this Redwood City favorite.

Although owner Tim Harrison offers tasty Burgers – try the “Hacksaw” double cheeseburger,

he also has Sandwiches - Steak Sandwich with melted Swiss, sautéed mushrooms,

grilled onions and fries, Deli sandwiches – various meats are served hot or cold on your

choice of bread and cheese, with lettuce, tomato, and onions, to fill you up. They also have

specials like Fish and Chips, Raviolis, Spaghetti, Lasagna, and a variety of Quesadillas. If

you use their coupon in this month’s Spectrum, you can get 10% off all meals - now that’s

an offer you can not pass up!

1-800-DRY-CLEAN: 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 pick up and return delivery

service at reasonable prices. What more could you ask for? More quality time for you!

You have to try this service – you will love it.

Redwood General Tire: 1630 Broadway –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. Redwood General Tire was founded on the premise that good customer

service, quality products at fair prices will 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. They proudly serve the third generation of many of their

first Redwood City customers.

Warren Street Chiropractic: 520 Warren Street - Warren Street Chiropractic Wellness and

Injury Center was formally Lease Chiropractic Offices, owned and operated by Dr. Timothy

H. Lease, D.C. Dr. Lease is beginning his 21st year of practice and has a very broad patient

base. He sees patients from infants to folks in their 90’s. Cases range from Work Injury

cases (Workers Compensation cases), Personal Injury (car accidents, slip and falls, bicycle

and pedestrian accidents), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fascitis, Headaches, Neck Pain,

Back Pain, Low Back Pain, Leg and Arm pain. He has a working network of other Doctors

and Therapists so that if and when the need arises he is able to refer for second opinions

and or other therapy if appropriate. They have 6 spacious exam rooms, one of which is a

massage room.

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How Good an Investment is

Your Home?

By David Amann

Special to the Spectrum

Most people agree that home ownership is a good thing. But is a home really an

“investment?” In a way, it is. But keep this in mind: Your home, by itself, is almost certainly

not the type of investment that’s going to help you meet your long-term goals,

such as a comfortable retirement.

Many people think that because they put so much money into their homes, they are

bound to be handsomely rewarded in the future. And it is true that, over a long period

of time, home prices generally rise. But this appreciation has not come close to that of

some financial assets, such as stocks. Stock prices will certainly fluctuate in the short

term, but housing prices can do the same. In some parts of the country, home values

have fallen for several years in a row before recovering. (Keep in mind, though, that

past performance does not assure future results. Stocks are subject to risks, including

the potential loss of principal invested.)

Still, if you live in a house for many years, the chances are pretty good that you will end

up making a profit when you sell. And if you’ve owned and lived in your home for at

least two years within the five years preceding its sale, you can exclude up to $250,000

in capital gains, or $500,000 if you’re married and filing a joint return.

Of course,after you sell your home,you’ll have to live somewhere,so some of your profit will need to go toward

a new residence.But if you “downsize,”you could end up with a nice sum of money.Will it be enough to finance

your retirement,help pay for your children’s (or grandchildren’s) college education and meet whatever other goals

you have? Probably not. And that’s why you’ll still need to build a diversified

portfolio containing high-quality stocks, bonds and other securities.

Using your home to generate cash

Even if you can’t count on your home meeting all your long-term financial goals, you

can use the equity in your home to help boost your cash flow. Consequently, you may

be able to avoid tapping into your long-term investments, so you can continue making

progress toward your important objectives.

Here are two of the most common ways to get money out of your home:

Home equity loan - You can generally get this type of loan at a competitive rate, and

the interest may be tax-deductible. (To make sure of the tax deductibility, though, you’ll

want to consult with your tax adviser.) You can use the loan for virtually any purpose

you choose, but keep in mind that you’re pledging your house as collateral - so you have

to be sure you can afford the loan payments.

Reverse mortgage - If you’ve paid off your home, you might want to think about taking

out a reverse mortgage. This is a special kind of loan that enables you to convert

your home equity into cash, either through a line of credit or installment payments.

Essentially, you’re selling back part ownership of your home to your lender. Reverse

mortgage programs are not suitable for everyone, however, so make sure you know

what’s involved before you sign on the dotted line.

Use your home wisely

Through careful planning, you can incorporate your home into your overall financial

and investment strategies. So, use this asset wisely - it can pay off for you in a variety

of ways.

Editor’s note: David Amann is one of the Redwood City community members who

will be contributing to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding investments

please send them to: or The Spectrum Magazine – P.O. Box

862 – Redwood City – California – 94064.

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Freshman Student Athlete Making

Name for Himself at Woodside

By: Nick Mukhar

Student Writer

As the end of the school year draws closer and graduation approaches, seniors try to

leave a lasting impression on their school. For freshman John Bordy of Woodside High

School, his impression is already being made. In addition to being a 4.0 student

throughout his first year of high school, Bordy has been playing key roles for the

Wildcats varsity baseball and water polo teams. While on the water polo junior varsity

team, Bordy played tournaments with the varsity squad, and has been the starting second

baseman for the varsity baseball team the entire season.

while playing the game. He plans to pursue both sports for as long as he can but still

remains realistic about his goals for the future.

“If I happen to go pro, in either sport, then great, but it is not something I am

depending on. If it happens it happens.” Bordy has already been making plans for what

he wants to do after high school. His first choice for college is California State

University at Long Beach and he plans to track a career in sports medicine. Until then,

he plans to continue having fun playing high school sports and working hard in the

classroom in order to get to where he wants to go. While his athleticism has set him

apart from most players his age, he is still a freshman trying to enjoy the next four years

of high school.

“I just want to have fun during high school and see what happens after that.”

Editor’s 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


“I just try and stay focused and work hard at everything I do,” said Bordy. Playing

Varsity sports as a freshman can be a little bit intimidating, but so far Bordy has not

back down from the challenge


“I do not pay much attention to the age difference. I like playing on varsity because it

gives me a bigger challenge to try and overcome.” When asked how he balances his

time between school and sports Bordy had a simple answer.

“I just go to class everyday. After that I

go to baseball and just come home,

have some dinner, and do my homework

everyday.” While baseball has

been a part of his routine for most of

his life, water polo is a new experience

for him as this is his first year playing.

However, it may be the sport that

comes most naturally to him.

“My grandfather was in the Olympics

for water polo,” he said. “I decided that

I should try to play it also and I really

like doing it and feel comfortable when

I’m playing.” As for baseball, Bordy has

been playing ever since he was five

years old and credits many of his

coaches for the success he has had

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The Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL) held its first annual Motorcycle Poker Run and brought

135-140 motorcycles together to raise several thousand dollars. Sponsors of the event were: Redwood

General Tire, Pirelli Tire, Continental Tire, The Old Pro in Palo Alto and DPR Construction. Doug

Woods and Renee Ursino helped make the event a success. (Photos continued on page 16)

Police Chief Carlos Bolanos has been at the helm of the Redwood City Police

Department for over ten years, after taking over in December of 1994, when an opening

was published in the trade papers.

Chief Bolanos was born and raised in San Francisco, attended San Francisco public

schools, went to City College of San Francisco after high school, and got his Associate

of Science Degree in Criminology.

To Serve a

By Valerie Harris

Special to the Spectrum

Bolanos chose to become a police officer because: “I wanted to, first and foremost,

do something where I could truly make a difference in people’s lives and make their

lives better. I wanted to do a job that was exciting. And I wanted to play a personal

role in taking some individuals, who make our society unsafe, off the street.”

Bolanos started his police career in 1979 in Palo Alto, and stayed with the department

for 12 years. He started as a patrol officer, worked his way up to detective, then served

as a field training officer, and was member of the SWAT team. Bolanos was then promoted

to Police Agent, a quasi-supervisory position, a two-stripe position in the police

organizations. He was promoted to sergeant, and then police lieutenant. When he left

in 1991, Bolanos was a Police Captain.

Bolanos recounted a big case while he was Palo Alto Property Crimes (Burglary)

Detective: “As a detective, I worked undercover in a fencing operation in the

early1980’s in East Palo Alto. I worked undercover to sell this person merchandise that

they believed to be stolen. We subsequently served a very large search warrant on multiple

areas, and recovered a lot of stolen property. We found weapons, and big machine

guns. The suspect’s name was Rogge.” This was a huge story at the time.

When asked if he had ever experienced a hostage situation while on the SWAT Team,

Bolanos stated: “SWAT mainly conducted high-risk searches for subjects, where you

systematically search large or complex areas or buildings, and look for subjects who

may be secreted inside these areas. The hostage-taking SWAT situations that are

shown on television are pretty rare.”

While he was a police officer in Palo Alto, Bolanos completed his undergraduate

degree, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of San

Francisco. He then graduated from the P.O.S.T. (California Commission Peace Officer

Standards and Training) Command College in San Marcos, California. This is a twoyear

graduate program designed for police executives.

During this period with the Palo Alto Police Department, Bolanos lived in San Bruno,

and then moved back to San Francisco.

Bolanos then transferred down to Salinas for three years. In Salinas, he was the

Captain in charge of all field operations, which is the largest division in any Police

Department. Bolanos described the job: “It’s all the uniformed personnel. It was a

lot of responsibility. Salinas has always and continues to be a very challenging place to

police because of its high level of violent crime. The city itself has always had scarce

financial resources. It was a good learning experience for me, coming from Palo Alto,

which had a very low crime and a tremendous amount of resources. Salinas was quite

the opposite. It gave me a good balance to the experience I had gained as a law

enforcement officer in Palo Alto.”

Bolanos continued: “The violent crimes in Salinas were mostly homicides. Redwood

City is around 80,000 people. At that time, Salinas was around 130,000 people. It’s

since grown to about 140,000 to 150,000 people. Salinas would average out to about

23 homicides a year. Whereas in Redwood City we average one to two homicides a

year, for a community that’s very similar. Most of our crime in Salinas was gang-related.

Salinas has a tremendous gang problem and historically has been an area where

there are a lot of gangs. Salinas is over 50% Hispanic, with a significant farm-worker

population. Whenever you have a significant lower socioeconomic population, the parents

typically have to work one to two jobs, and they are not around to provide the

supervision for their children.”

As a captain, Bolanos knew the next step was Police Chief. There were no promotion

opportunities in Salinas, then Redwood City opened up. Job openings are posted in

professional publications, and the chief in Redwood City was going to retire, so

Bolanos applied. He went through the process with 60-plus applicants, and landed the

job. Bolanos took over as Police Chief in December 1994, and moved to Redwood

City in 1995. He has been a Redwood City resident ever since.

Redwood City was a nice improvement weather-wise from Salinas. “The misconception

about Salinas is that I thought when I moved down there, I’d buy a pool, because

it would be hot. It’s not. Salinas’ weather is very closely linked to San Francisco in similarities.

In the summer it’s cold and foggy. It’s very close to Monterey.” Bolanos contends

that Redwood City’s slogan about the weather is true: “I love Redwood City. The

weather is gorgeous. The slogan is absolutely true.“

In 2002, City Manager Ed Everett appointed Bolanos as a Fire Chief for one year. For

Bolanos, it was a very tough year, work wise. It was also great experience. “I got to

work really closely with the Fire Department and it gave me a great appreciation of the

work that these guys do,” Bolanos stated.

After Bolanos took over as Police Chief, he saw the need to institute a Police Activities

League (PAL) program. “Redwood City also has a community that is very diverse.

There are youth in the community that can use activities that would keep them out of

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All Photos by James R. Kaspar

When asked to describe the most compelling

case in Redwood City, Bolanos

did not focus on a case you would find

on “Unsolved Mysteries.” Instead,

Bolanos recalled the 1996 case of little

9-year-old Bertha Valencia, a child who

was stabbed repeatedly by a neighbor,

26-year-old Eric Umali, in an apartment

complex on Broadway. The neighbor

was a registered sex offender, a story

that’s all too familiar. But little Bertha

had not been molested, just brutally


Bolanos described the case: “This was

a case that really marshaled the police

force. I was impressed at how my

organization came together and did

their job in a professional way, but also

in a compassionate way. They made

sure that the little girl recovered, that

she knew that the police department

was behind her, collecting money and

gifts for her; really adopting her for a

period of time as she struggled to

recover from her wounds.”

Umali was convicted of attempted murder in 1997. In 1998 he was sentenced to 21 1/2

years in state prison.

But it was the pride in his officers, banding together to champion the cause of the little

girl, that shows how much Bolanos truly cares about his community.

trouble and would keep them out of harm’s way. My experiences with PAL in Salinas,

having been a coach and been a member of their board, was that PAL really was a

home for many of their kids during that time when they are most vulnerable to either

engaging in inappropriate behavior or being victims of it; that’s the time between

when they get out of school and when their parents get home. When I got to

Redwood City, I recognized that they did not have a PAL program. So I picked a very

energetic officer, and we started PAL.”

Bolanos continued: “Basically, we provided sports leagues, trips, activities, subsequent

programs to where we now have our own building. It would have never happened

without the support of the city. The entire community really got behind it.

The Redwood City Elementary School District partnered with us in identifying space

near Taft School. Without the support of the City Council, the City Manager, and

some major donors, it would have never happened. It’s truly been a community partnership.

I worked with two members of my staff, Captain Scott Warner and Barbara

Bonilla. They were the two that really spearheaded the program.”

The department used to be involved in the PYC – the Police Youth Center, many

years before I got here, but that was no longer in existence, and I thought that the

department was missing an opportunity to develop a relationship with the youth in

our community. I thought PAL would be the perfect bridge for that. PAL was in

existence when I was a kid. And, having worked in Salinas’ PAL, I saw how effective

they were.When I came to Redwood City, I saw that we did not have a PAL, I thought

that there was a tremendous opportunity for us to get to know the youth in our

community, and have them get to know us,” said Bolanos.

When asked about crime statistics in Redwood City over the past 11 years, Bolanos

stated: “Crime has been consistently low to moderate. Thanks to some of the work

done by city staff and City Council, some of the areas that used to cause the organization

trouble in terms of policing, have been eradicated. For example, Rollison Road

used to have an alley, and it also had decrepit apartments, with tremendous gang activities

and lots of violence. This area has since changed thanks to Habitat for


As for current concerns, Bolanos stated: “The biggest issues facing Redwood City

from a law enforcement perspective are determining where we will get the resources to

provide the level of presence and support that we want to have downtown as the

theater opens and the Courthouse Plaza gets renovated. We want to establish a strong

presence in advance of the anticipated numbers of people that will be downtown and

we want to make it a safe environment for all. Gangs and drugs continue to be an issue

in our community and the Department continues to work collaboratively with our law

enforcement partners to develop strategies to address them.”

Bolanos is currently attending California State University East Bay, where he is wrapping

up a Masters in Public Administration. Bolanos only needs three classes to finish,

and will complete his degree early next year.

“I am eligible to retire, and I will be maxed out in my retirement in four years, when I

turn 50. At that time, I will certainly want to do other work. I don’t aspire to run for

office. I have tremendous respect for politicians, I respect their dedication and devotion,

but I think you really have to put yourself out there, and that’s not really me. I

have no intention of ever running for office. The only elected position I would be

interested in is the Sheriff of San Mateo County, but my friend Greg Monks is running

for that office, and I plan on helping him win the election,” Bolanos stated.

Bolanos is married; his wife, Kim, and he have three children.

“It’s hard to know if the PAL program had an effect on reduction of crime, because

you don’t know what the crime rate would have been without the program. But what

we do know, is that many of the youth that we coached through the years, are now

young adults, and I still encounter them throughout the community. They have fond

memories of PAL. When they were in the PAL program, we know that they were

not engaged in any negative activities,” he said.

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League Motorcycle Poker Run)

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A Redwood City parcel tax measure that would fund school programs did not pass,

according to election results posted on the San Mateo County Web site . Measure V,

the "Funding for Classroom Education Excellence Act of 2005," would have instituted

a per-parcel tax for school programs that would infuse the Redwood City

Elementary School District with an estimated $3.3 million in new annual revenue. The

measure required a two-thirds majority in order to pass but only received 61.63 percent

of the vote - about 5 points shy of the 66.67 percent it needed to pass.


The Peninsula Humane Society and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

reward has doubled to $1000 for information about the person responsible for packing

five severely neglected poodles into two boxes and abandoning them. The puppies

were discovered on May 2, according to society spokesman Scott Delucchi. While the

Humane Society reports that it euthanized a male animal because of the extreme pain

he was in, four females have been medically cleared and their temperaments assessed.

The poodles are now up for adoption and will be ready for a new home after undergoing

spaying and the extensive dental work that resulted from their poor diets. "We've

received dozens of calls from concerned residents and potentially interested adopters,''

Delucchi said. Delucchi asks those interested in adopting the poodles to complete an

adoption profile available on the Web at and to include a

100- to 250-word statement explaining why their home would be good. The Humane

Society hopes to find one home for all four poodles or two homes to accept the dogs

in pairs. Boxes containing the poodles were found dumped in front of the Pets in Need

adoption building at 873 Fifth Ave. in Redwood City, Delucchi reported. The Humane

Society reported that the dogs, which are between the ages of 8 and 10, were neglected.

All of the animals needed veterinarian care and grooming. The four female dogs

were in need medication for their eyes and ears, according to Delucchi. One of the

females will probably need an eye removed. Anyone with information about the incident

is asked to contact (650) 340-7022 ext. 320.


A man accused of choking his former girlfriend, choking the woman's 13-year-old

sister and later stabbing the victims' male friend multiple times pleaded not guilty in

San Mateo County Superior Court. Christopher Sartor, 21, is charged with attempted

murder, battery upon a cohabitant and assault with a deadly weapon for the events of

Feb. 11 in Redwood City. At a preliminary hearing in April, all three alleged victims testified

about the attack. According to testimony, Sartor was visiting his ex-girlfriend and

her sister at their home on East Bayshore Road when he and the young woman began

to argue. Sartor allegedly choked the woman, then -- when the younger sister attempted

to intervene -- attacked the child as well. Sartor abruptly became apologetic, tearful

and left the scene. The sisters called a male friend, Jason Bailey, for protection. Sartor

allegedly returned to the property and stabbed Bailey multiple times, including three

times in his left arm, once above his left hip and once through his rib cage, injuring his

diaphragm. Bailey underwent two surgeries and endures ongoing pain on the left side

of this body, he testified at the preliminary hearing. Sartor and his defense attorney

Michael Hroziencik appeared today before Superior Court Judge Stephen Hall. He is

scheduled to return to court for a pretrial conference on June 27 at 1:30 p.m. A jury

trial is scheduled for July 25 at 8:45 a.m.


Two people are in custody in connection with a string of residential construction

site burglaries, the Redwood City Police Department reported. Power saws, drills and

portable construction equipment have been reported missing in the construction site

burglaries over the past two months. On April 21, Redwood City Police detectives

developed information about the crimes that led them to an apartment in the 200 block

of Vera Avenue in Redwood City. Police determined that the apartment's residents,

Jorge Acosta Morales, 25, and Veronica Lopez, 27, were on probation and both had

outstanding felony arrest warrants. Neither resident was in the apartment at the time

of the search, which yielded a large quantity of high-end construction equipment valued

at approximately $20,000. Four victims already have identified property seized

from the residence. Police detectives learned that both Morales and Lopez had gone

into hiding to avoid arrest, and that Lopez was hiding at a home in Hayward. Lopez

was arrested at the Hayward residence without incident. Police then learned that

Morales was in the Belmont area. He was taken into custody without incident.


The City of Redwood City announces an opportunity to fill a vacancy on the City's

Housing and Human Concerns Committee. Members of the community are invited to

offer their interest, experience, and enthusiasm for the benefit of their City by applying

for this appointment. The selected applicant will serve the remainder of the unexpired

term, until May, 2008. Applications are available by calling the City Clerk's office,

or online at The objective of the Housing and Human

Concerns Committee is to advocate for the improvement of the quality of life of

Redwood City citizens and to assure that human considerations, as set forth in the

General Plan, are given adequate consideration in physical and economic decision making.

Applicants' basic requirements are that they have an interest in civic and community

improvement, are 18 years of age or older, are a United States citizen, and are a

resident of incorporated Redwood City. The deadline for submitting applications is

May 27th 2005.


Please save the date to join Redwood City, San Mateo County, and the Redwood City

Redevelopment Agency to kick off the beginning of the project to bring back the old

courthouse façade and open up the area for the upcoming courthouse square public

plaza. Also involved are the San Mateo County Historical Society & San Mateo County

History Museum, DPR Construction, the Downtown Business Group, and DES

Architects. Wednesday, May 25th, 10:30 am, on Broadway in front of the old annex

building (across the street from the Fox Theater).


Redwood City residents, non-profit organizations, and businesses are showing their

civic pride by applying for a Mayor 's Beautification Award. Individuals, homeowners

associations, apartment complexes, businesses, non-profits, and others are invited to

participate. Applications are available by calling 770-7300, or by visiting City Hall (

1017 Middlefield Road). The application is also available online at, where applicants can fill it in, print it, and send it in. The deadline

for entries is June 30, 2005, and judging will be completed by the end of July. These

awards help foster civic pride in our community, beautify our entire City, and, of

course, recognize people and organizations for their work to make Redwood City a better,

more attractive place to live and work. The program is sponsored by the City 's

Pride and Beautification Committee, and encourages attractive structural and landscaping

improvements in our community. Single- or multi-family residences, apartment

complexes, home owners associations, and non-profit or commercial properties are eligible.

A panel of volunteer judges will prescreen the entries, and the final selection

process will include a site visit to the top entries. Categories include best architectural

design, remodel, historical restoration; most beautiful garden or landscape; best compatible

building and garden or landscape; and more. If an entry doesn't exactly fit into

one of the categories, you can create your own! Call 780-7300 for information on the

Mayor's Beautification Awards.


The Sequoia Healthcare District is meeting the needs of residents and should merge

with the Peninsula Health Care District, according to a report released by the San

Mateo County Civil Grand Jury.

The grand jury determined the district continues to represent and serve the health

care interests of the residents. It also found that losing the direct responsibility for


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Tips for Buying Your First Home

By Marianne Zanone Rush

The steady rise in Redwood City housing prices has been great news for those of us

who own homes, but for first-time buyers suffering from sticker shock, reports of double-digit

price appreciation only add to their growing anxiety over being able to afford

a home.

The median sales price in the Bay Area jumped to $704,000 in March, up 13.8 percent

from the year before, according to the California Association of Realtors. Home prices

have soared so fast in the Bay Area that many homeowners couldn't afford to buy their

own home if they had to today. So what chance do the 40 percent of buyers have who

are trying to break into the housing market for the first time?

While buying in the ultra-pricey Bay Area housing market will never be easy, there are

some things you can do to at least increase the odds that they'll soon have a place they

can truly call home. Here are a few suggestions I have for first-time buyers:

Review your budget

If you don't have a budget, begin by jotting down all of your necessary monthly

expenses in one column and your optional expenses in another. Although you

shouldn't do away with everything from the second column, if you're serious about

getting into your own home it's time to be much more cautious about where you spend

your money. You'd be surprised at how much you can save each month when you try,

and that savings can go toward your monthly mortgage payment.

Boost your savings

Saving for the down payment is the hardest part for most first-time buyers. If you

aren't already doing so, start putting a fixed amount of money aside from every paycheck

right now. The money can go into bonds, CDs, money market funds, or any

relatively conservative investment you like. After you have examined your budget you

may even have more money than you thought. Put all or most of that "new-found"

money into your "down-payment account." And as you pay off other debts, like a car

or college loan, put the money you would have paid into your down-payment account.

you're considering. Often, costs for comparable homes are much lower in cities further

away from San Francisco or Silicon Valley, and there are many nice communities from

which to choose.

Do your homework

It's important to really scout out a city and neighborhoods within that city. Is the area

well maintained? Is it safe? Has there been a lot of turnover of homeowners? Have

prices appreciated as fast as the Bay Area average? Are the schools good? First-time

buyers can be overwhelmed with research, but a good real estate agent can provide

much needed help in cutting through the maze of information and steering you to the

best area for your money.

Stretch yourself (within reason)

Mortgage payments can seem quite daunting at first, but over time your income will

rise and the payments won't seem so big after all. It's important to also factor in the tax

advantages of a home, which can bring your real after-tax cost down to what you may

be paying for rent right now. Homeowners receive tax deductions for interest paid on

the loan and for property taxes. Plus many home equity loans are deductible.

Think of your home as an investment

Over the years, Bay Area housing has proven to be an outstanding investment with

returns outpacing the stock market and many other investment vehicles. Many longtime

homeowners have ended up cashing in the equity in their homes to fund their

retirement. Although it's never easy to jump into the housing market, now is the best

time. Interest rates are at 40-year lows, giving you more buying power than you've had

in many years. And with prices continuing to rise, it behooves first-time buyers to take

the plunge as soon as possible. You'll be glad you did.

A Bay Area real estate veteran with nearly two decades of experience, Marianne

Zanone Rush is Manager of Coldwell Banker Northern California's Redwood City

office, incorporating a team of 75+ real estate professionals. She can be reached by

calling 650-474-3600 or via e-mail at

Get help with down payments

The usual recommendation for first-time buyers is to look to parents or other family

members to help come up with the steep down payment. While that's still good advice,

there are other places to turn if you don't have the traditional 20 percent down. Buyers

can tap into their own 401(k) account or your Roth IRA without incurring penalties or

taxes. But strict tax rules do apply, so talk with your tax advisor. Additionally, some

cities and states offer down payment assistance programs with grants for low- and

moderate-income housing.

Think creatively when shopping for a loan

You don't necessarily have to come up with a 20 percent down payment anymore.

Many lenders offer first-time buyers loan products that require just 5 or 10 percent

down, and there are even a few 100% loan programs available. But keep in mind that

the less you put down, the higher the rate usually will be. Moreover, you'll probably be

required to pay for private mortgage insurance. PMI varies in cost depending on the

size of the loan, the lender and the down payment percentage, but a rule of thumb is

about one-half percent of the loan value, or $2,000 a year on a $400,000 loan.

Consider adjustable-rate loans

With interest rates at historic lows, most people buying homes or refinancing their

existing mortgages are going with fixed-rate loans. But it's not necessarily the right

choice for everyone, especially first-time buyers. You should consider how long you

expect to be in your first home. If you don't expect to stay there for a long time, you

can save quite a bit of money with an adjustable rate. Some adjustable-rate products

include fixed rates for the first three to five years - about as long as many homeowners

stay in their first home.

Location, location, location

Location is still the #1, #2 and #3 rule of real estate. The Bay Area is a big region and

prices vary significantly from the $704,000 median depending on which county or city

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Christy Lynch to lead Sequoia

student body

By Katherine Ehat

Student Writer

At the end of last month, Sequoia High School students went to the polls and voted

for their new Student Body leaders. New Class Presidents were elected as well as ASB

(Associated Student Body) officers. The new Student Body President elected by the

students is Junior Christy Lynch.

Christy is a 17-year-old Junior who has attended Sequoia since her freshman year. She

attended Roy Cloud and Northstar Academy for her elementary and middle school


believe that by responding to the concerns of the students, the general atmosphere

around campus will be greatly affected.” Christy is very excited to begin her duties next

year and looks forward to working directly with the students. In response to the concerns

of the students, Christy says she “will try to find the most positive solution to

address the problems. Also I would hope that if students had problems with anything

that they would tell me directly. I’d like to deal with things personally”.

Christy has set high standards for what a leader should provide for their school. “I

think they (leaders) need to set an example for the rest of the school, and to show spirit

and respect to everyone on campus. As leaders, people look up to them, and they

need to think about that before they act.” Christy’s friendly personality and quick smile

should be a bonus for her in her new job!

Editor’s note: Katherine Ehat is a Junior at Sequoia High School. She is one of the

student writers for The Spectrum this year.

At Sequoia Christy has participated in several sports, including volleyball, soccer and

water polo. She has been active in her church youth group and traveled with that group

on three mission trips to Mexico. Christy has been in advanced classes at Sequoia and

is currently enrolled in the Leadership class.

By being in Leadership and participating as a co-commissioner of Activities, Christy

has already been involved with the ASB program at Sequoia and has been gaining valuable

experience. This experience will provide a good background for her new job as

President. It has actually been the lack of school spirit at Sequoia that has inspired

Christy. This year Christy has been the MC at the spirit rallies and she feels that there

is so much that could be done around campus to improve the enthusiasm at school.

“I think that the students are concerned with basic things around campus”, Christy

says, “like food service, class schedules, the parking crisis and raising school spirit. I

Christy Lynch (left0 pictured with Spectrum writer Katherine Ehat

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and operating the Sequoia Hospital has not diminished the value provided.

"In fact, separation has allowed for the redirection of resources to additional and

complementary services that support both residents of the [district] and the county,"

according to the report.

The report recommends the district immediately pursue merging with the Peninsula

Health Care District via a joint powers agreement or reorganization, structured to serve

the health care needs of the entire county.

The reports also recommends implementing a working investment plan for use of

large, accumulated strategic reserves by June 30, 2005.

This plan should encompass the health care needs of both the county and the district.

It also recommends employing a financial advisor, telling residents they are being taxed

for the district and creating child day care facilities for health care professionals.


A Redwood City man accused of setting his own home ablaze on New Year's Day

will live at Napa State Hospital until he regains competency, Superior Court Judge

Craig Parsons said. The court found Antonio Paul Nicolosi, 32, not competent in April

after two court-appointed doctors opined that Nicolosi was unable to stand trial.

Criminal proceedings remain suspended against the defendant, who is charged with

felony arson that burned an inhabited structure and arson with great bodily injury, with

the enhancement that a firefighter suffered great bodily injury. Nicolosi faces an additional

enhancement because the alleged crimes were committed while he was on bail

with felony drug charges pending. He was arrested as he allegedly ran from the scene

of the fire at 321 Palomar Drive in unincorporated Redwood City. Firefighters

responded to the home near Edgewood Road and Alameda De Las Pulgas about 11:41

a.m. after a neighbor reported seeing flames coming from the house window and the

resident running away. The three-alarm fire, which was contained by 1 p.m., caused an

estimated $750,000 in damage to the $1.5 million home. A fire captain sustained second-degree

burns while fighting the blaze, according to the San Mateo County district

attorney's office. The prosecution alleged that Nicolosi, angered over a difficult

divorce, wanted to ensure his wife received nothing from the home. Nicolosi was the

subject of several contacts with Sheriff's deputies over domestic and other issues in the

year leading up to the crime, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger briefly announced that four Bay Area residents have

been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development


San Carlos resident and former Redwood City councilwoman Colleen Jordan, a consultant

and member of Hewins Financial Advisors LLC, was appointed along with

Piedmont resident Stan Moy, who is the owner of FMG Architects.

San Francisco resident Anne Halsted was appointed to the position of vice chair,

the governor's office reports. Halsted has served on the commission since 2001 and is

currently acting chair.

Larry Goldzband, of Lafayette, was also appointed to

the commission. Goldzband is currently manager of the

charitable contributions for Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

All of the positions require Senate confirmation.

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East Side/West Side - it's all relative

by W.M.B. Riggen

While reading the newspaper the day after the school parcel tax election, I was

most dismayed to come across the opinion of a school district employee who

worked on what turned out to be a losing campaign.

This person, a teacher, expressed concern about the loss of school resource

personnel who led intervention programs that allow youngsters to receive extra

help in reading and mathematics. She related how important the intervention

programs were when she taught in schools on the "East Side."

I for one have put up with this "East Side/West Side" nonsense for more years

than I care to recall at this moment. Having spent some years living east of El

Camino Real, I can assure those of you who live west of the great dividing line

that East Side residents are real people with hopes and dreams, who want the

best for themselves and their families just like you.

Although I now live in a townhome on the West Side, I have not forgotten my

hardworking East Side neighbors. Did we have difficult times? Yes, of course.

Were there pockets of problems in our neighborhoods? Absolutely. Did we work

together to overcome those problems? You bet we did.

And did we put up with being looked down on by West Side residents?

Unfortunately, yes.

So, take some advice from one who has just about seen it all. Don't get caught

in the trap of judging your fellow citizens on where they live rather than who

they are and what they can contribute to the community.

Let's bury this "East Side/West Side" attitude for good.

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Get Off the Guilt Trip and

Get Out the Chocolate:

Redwood City’s Goddess of


by Judy Buchan

contributing writer

Suicide bombers notwithstanding, there’s precious little future in being a martyr.

So rather than choose to be miserable and let life overcome you, Redwood City’s

Debbie Gisonni suggests that you choose to be happy. “Happiness is a choice that

anyone can make, anytime, anywhere,” Debbie said. Get real and connect with what

Debbie called your inner power to work through everyday issues.

Easier said than done? The Goddess of Happiness knows otherwise.

At the height of the dot-com revolution in the 1990s, Debbie found herself moving

up the corporate ladder in the world of high-tech magazine publishing as she developed

Internet Week, one of the many publications of that era. “I was a high-power

control freak,” she laughed as she thought back to that time in her life.

But when all seems to be going well is when personal tragedy can take its toll.

Unexpectedly, Debbie lost four members of her family from 1990-1994. In succession,

her mother struggled with the hope and despair of living with a brain tumor

for ten years before passing away; her father died of multiple myeloma; her aunt

died from breast cancer, and her younger sister committed suicide.

The physical and emotional toll it took on me was deafening,” Debbie recalled.

“And I never really grieved,” she added. Tending to her family’s affairs and managing

her busy career were a recipe for distraction, so she wouldn’t give herself the time to

feel the pain of loss. Gradually she learned

to draw on her own inner strength and

recognized that while she wasn’t in control

of every aspect of her life, she still could

be happy.

By 1998, she realized that “I wanted to do

something that would actually help other

people, particularly women in business. I

knew it was time for women to regain

their power, and I knew I had a story to


At the height of her 15-year executive

career (and wisely before the dot-com

bust), Debbie decided “it was a good time

to jump out” of the corporate world. She

started her own media and consulting

company, Real Life Lessons¨, LLC, with a

mission of “inspiring people to be happy

and prosperous through positive changes

life, work, and home.”

Vita’s Will: Real Life Lessons about Life Death & Moving On, was the first chapter in her

story, that came to print in 2000. Dealing head on with the loss of her family members,

Debbie’s book described how her strategies for coping, spirituality, humor

helped her stay sane through the dark times of her life. She included 44 “real life lessons”

as well as “nightly chats with God” to help her readers with their own struggles.

“I went through all the anger,

sadness, and guilt and came

out at the other end,” Debbie

said, noting that a “lighter,

happier version” of herself


Debbie became The Goddess

of Happiness, tapping into

the power to be happy no

matter where life led her. That

power to be happy became

the subject of her current

book, The Goddess of Happiness:

A Down-to-Earth Guide for

Heavenly Balance and Bliss. Debbie explained that the book has 44 specific themes,

such as “Let Your Passion Flow,” “Rise Above Fear,” and “Find The Balance.” Each

chapter also includes space for personal journaling and affirmation. Affirmations are

presented for the reader to think about the chapter theme, then “take it, say it, and

feel it.”

Readers can also take the book’s quiz which encourages readers to find “where your

mindset is at this very moment,” and to recognize that happiness should be shared

with others.

To be happier, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being need to be nurtured.

Physical activities can include exercise activities and leisure pursuits such as gardening,

dance, and the like. “Stay away from things that don’t make you feel good,”

Debbie said. Spiritual well-being, she explained, is not presented in a religious context

in the book. Rather, “we need to quiet our mind and connect with our inner self.”

Emotional well-being understands that although there will be dog days in our lives,

we do have the inner power to rise above them.

That’s all well and good, but what about working women and the stress from trying

to balance career and family? “We live by the to-do list,” Debbie responded. “We forget

to play. Try to find something outside of your normal routine; find something

that’s fun for yourself.”

Guilt and self-loathing also play roles in perpetuating unhappiness. People need to

move on and “not live in the past,” Debbie said. “And it’s difficult for people to like

themselves. You can’t give love to others if you don’t like yourself first,” she added.

An important technique, she explained, is to “look in the mirror and find something

you love about yourself.”

When asked what she wanted to share with the people of Redwood City, Debbie

replied, “I really believe that the purposes of our lives here on earth are to enjoy life

and be happy. I figure I have to do one thing to bring joy - spread happiness to other

people. Besides, it’s all energy. Stay in the moment, don’t worry.”

Debbie is a contributing author to If Women Ruled the World, How to Create the World

We Want to Live In. Her “Goddess of Happiness” column appears monthly on, and her articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Simplycity,

Living in Balance, Nonprofit World, among others. She has also been a guest on numerous

radio and TV shows across the country, and has been featured in books and periodicals

including Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul, The San Jose Mercury News, The

Dallas Morning News, and Better Homes & Gardens. Check her web site,,

for more information.

A former Bronx, New York, resident, Debbie and her husband came to Redwood

City in the early 1990s. She loves the city, and enjoys dining at downtown restaurants.

The two most important passions in her life are her husband and dogs.

Come meet The Goddess of Happiness in Barnes & Noble in San Mateo on June 11

at 3 p.m. Debbie will be there for her book signing “and chocolate, of course!”

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and Bolanos are close friends and would make a great team. Question is – after

all these years would Bolanos take a back seat under anyone? Let’s wait and


* * * *

Redwood City’s City Manager Ed Everett was shocked to receive the resignation

of Human Resources Director Maria Pena. She will be leaving her position at the

end of May and I am hearing that right behind her could be Patrick Alvarez, her

number two person. What’s up with that?

* * * *

What could have made the Community Service Officers and City Dispatchers

want out of the SEIU union and join the Police Officers Association? Your guess

is as good as mine, but should that happen, it would make them one of the most

powerful organizations in the city.

* * * *

Spotted here and there: Sheriff Horsley at Siciliano Restaurant, Council members

Howard, Barbara Pierce and Aguirre and Community College Board member

Pat Milnavich all (not attending together) enjoying music at the Fox Theater

and San Mateo County District Attorney James Fox having lunch at Vino Santo


* * * *

The Suisha House Japanese Bistro restaurant on Broadway recently repainted

their building after going through the necessary hoops with the Architectural

Review Committee. Sometime this month, a City Building Inspector visited the

restaurant and told them that the City had received two complaints about the

new paint scheme and that they had to repaint it. And you thought there was no

code enforcement in our Downtown area. See what happens when you complain?

* * * *

The food and atmosphere were great and everyone is high spirits as the

Redwood City Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Business Connections at

The Acorn restaurant in Menlo Park. Attending were: Port Executive Director

Mike Giari, business leaders, Cherly Angelas, Brian Palter, Denise Lewis, Keith

Kadera, Realtor Chris Hurchanik, and Julie Mooney from Canada College.

* * * *

It was the somberest – is that a word? - election night party I have ever attended.

There were elected officials, school board members, superintendents,

teachers, business owners, parents and all were stunned as they watched the

Redwood City School District’s Parcel Tax, Measure V go down in defeat - (2/3

Vote Required) Votes YES 9,721 61.63% NO 6,052 38.37%. Total Ballots Cast

(of 44,672 Registered Voters) 15,773 35.31% - thus sacrificing class size reductions,

more than 80 faculty and staff members given pick slips, music programs

and tutors for low achieving students.

There was once a time that if you had, among others, former Mayors Brent

Britchgi, Dani Gasparini, Hartnett, Howard, councilwoman Pierce, Roland

Giannini, Redwood Elementary Superintendent Ron Crates, School Board members

Chris Bohl, Dennis McBride, Maria Slocum, Sequoia Superintendent Pat

Gemma, Board trustees Loraine Rumley and Don Gibson, all attending a party

and supporting a campaign it would guarantee a victory. But the tide is a changing

in Redwood City.

* * * *

Redwood City School District officials are planning to survey our community to

see why the parcel tax, failed. Let me spare you the effort and let you know now.

First, mail in ballots – that was the single most destructive factor in this campaign.

Why give people the opportunity to say no and not have to take time and

visit the polls to do so? Wrong choice! Second, business assessments – business

owners were not happy with the possibility of paying up to $1,500 a year

and let their customers know it. It will be passed on to us – the consumer. Not

good to hear. Third, the campaign itself - was lackluster and did not show our

community any indication that there was an immediate need for homeowners to

fork over $85 a year. Only some 35% of those receiving ballots even bothered to

mail them in and the postage was paid for. Fourth, Senior citizens – were confused

that they would have to request to be exempt from the tax, they needed

to know they would be exempt from the tax! Fifth, and maybe the most important

is the fact that property owners are currently being taxed by two elementary

school bonds and two high school bonds. Maybe they just thought enough is


The big question is – will they try again in this November’s election when the

Sequoia Union High School District and the Community College District are

planning to go to voters also? Maybe those two will hold off and let them try,

after all they are in more need of the monies.

* * * *

And what about political consultant Ed McGovern? His public affairs organization

ran the million dollar campaign to pass the Marina Shores project - Measure

Q - and was defeated by a group spending less then $35,000. This election

there were virtually no dollars spent and it also went down in defeat. It will be

interesting to see if he is tapped to run any of the Council or school campaigns

in the future.

* * * *

On the other end of the spectrum – no pun intended - Libertarian and member

of the Sequoia Health Care District board Jack Hickey saw the defeat as people

supporting his agenda. Although he did not spend any monies, he prepared the

ballot statements against the parcel tax and wrote several letters in local publications

stating why the tax should not be supported – Is that all it takes?

* * * *

Could disgraced former Redwood City schoolteacher Rebecca Boicelli or her

attorney be reading The Spectrum? A few months back I predicted that she

would try and plea bargain her way out from facing up to six years in prison and

feeling the wrath of Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Raffaelli. Lo and behold,

it is happening (if not by the time you read this, soon). The trial is scheduled to

begin on June 27 if the plea bargain is not accepted at a May 19 hearing.

Boicelli was charged after a DNA paternity text showed that the father of her

baby was a former student. I guess they learned that it is better to compromise

and spend 1.5 years in prison and not have to face Raffaelli. Wise choice.

* * * *

There are changes abodes in our Downtown area. At City Center Plaza –

D’asaro is being remodeled into a Nola’s restaurant (there is one in Palo Alto),

same owner Greg St. Claire. St. Regal Jewelers and two other businesses are

moving from Broadway to Main Street and new businesses will fill the vacant

spots as the Cinema project nears completion. The County Square project will

be starting its demolition towards the end of the month making way for a

much-needed gathering area downtown. Pete’s Coffee will occupy the former

site of Hair It Is! on the 2600 block of Broadway while the Beauty Supply Shop

will move to where Honkee Noodle restaurant was and the two spaces in the

middle will be turned into a yet to be determined restaurant.

* * * *

Taking time out from dealing with STAR testing, the resent rise in gang activity,

under funding for staff and programs and graduations coming up, Sequoia High

Principal Morgan Marchbanks and Superintendent Gemma addressed the City

Council recently and urged them to deny a request from the Secrets Adult

Bookstore to give them an additional six months to find a new location. The

bookstore must relocate after the council passed an ordinance in July 2000 that

banned such businesses within 1,000 feet of the school. They were given five

years to do so but need a few months more and the council reluctantly agreed.

With so many vital issues facing the school district and its students many wondered

why they choose that issue to make such a fuss over. I guess you have to

pick your battles no matter how trivial they seem.

* * * *

I bet that is one grand opening they will not be attending? Does that mean no


As I was saying . . .

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Former Mayor Dick Claire shares a few memories with former

student and parent Vicki Constantino. The two were also at the

Measure V gathering.

Councilman Jim Hartnett and Roland Gianinni wait for results at

the Measure V election night gathering at the Little Fox theater.

This Postal worker got an excellent view of a youth being arrested

at Sequoia Station after a gang related fight.

Little Taylor Ferrario takes a drinking break from helping his mom

celebrate her birthday.

The lively Redwood City teachers joined thousands of their

peers from throughout San Mateo County and tried to send a

message to our Governor about school funding.

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Jeff Carlick



Ginni Savalli


Charles Anselmo


Redwood City – Photographers Charles Anselmo documents the passage of oncemighty

structures, while Ginni Savalli shows how a simple garment is more than it


The two photographers will present their new works at The Main Gallery from May

25 to June 26 with an artist reception on Saturday, June 4 from 4-7 p.m. The gallery

is located at 1018 Main Street.

In the wake of several photographic excursions exploring social documentary themes

in Havana, Cuba, Anselmo has turned primarily to his native California to capture

several sites under a common theme.

“Deconstructions” takes viewers to the unseen places that discreetly exist in the dark

margins of a populous state, places whose tenancy in the landscape tends to be

extinguished by ceaseless redevelopment.

Many of the images stem from the familiarities of architecture and habitat; beneath

this is a subtext of loss which pervades the sites. Most of them have since been

demolished or otherwise rendered inaccessible as inconvenient icons of a past time.

From an abandoned dynamite plant to a military jail at the closed Fort Ord Army

base, from the vacant warehouses in San Francisco to the Cypress Freeway teardown,

these color photographs are intimate portrayals of forgotten places and architectural

ghosts dismissed by a changing human landscape. The photographer moves easily

amongst this industrial archaeology, discovering a wealth of broken forms and saturated

colors. Some images lean to abstracted patterns as materials are deconstructed

and taken back by the land, becoming a compressed record of time.

Primarily through the development of large digital prints from film, Anselmo has

shown work in solo shows and juried group shows for several years. He teaches photography

privately and gives presentations and critiques at the Palo Alto Art Center,

and is an exhibiting member of The Main Gallery in Redwood City.

Savalli’s “The Shawl: Common Thread,” is an ongoing project which combines the

human form and a universally recognized garment to explore connections common

to all of us.

Here is how Savalli describes her photographic project: “The project’s original intent

was to tie together numerous models (and body types) with a simple, easily recognized

garment. In the process, universal themes and emotions started to emerge.

For example, several images evoke religious overtones while others reveal

bodyscapes that demonstrate strength of character. “

The artwork of Bay Area photographer Ginni Savalli is rooted in classic darkroom

techniques, some dating back over 100 years. She handcrafts each image using

unique toning techniques to create one-of-a-kind fine art prints. Her photographic

projects include landscapes, waterscapes, human figure studies, and social issue


Caption information:

Closed SF Warehouse, archival inkjet photograph 33x27 by Charles Anelsmo.

Back #1, Toned Silver Gelatin, 24x20 by Ginni Savalli

What is your main goal as


To connect Canada College

with the community and let

them know what a great

resource we are for them.

One word to describe the

budget effecting Community

Colleges this year?


Who is your closest political


Assemblyman Ira Ruskin

Who is the elected politician

that is the furthest from your


Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Favorite movie?



“I believe I can fly” by R. Kelley

Television show?

Law and Order

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being on the Frisbee lawn at Canada

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A Minute With... Rosa Perez

Rosa was born in San Francisco and moved to San Mateo County as a child. At age 25,

she became the youngest dean ever appointed in California. She has been President at

Canada College since 1999. She lives in Redwood City with her partner Elizabeth and

her two children Olivia and Emery.

on a sunny day with my family who have

immigrated here.

Which living person do you most


Dani Gasparini – amazing, giving person!

Which living person do you most


I cannot answer that.

Madonna or Britney?

Madonna, of course.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Author Gloria Andalzva and Lupe

Valdez who was the first

woman Latino Sheriff.

What is your treasured position?

A portrait I have in my home

of a Vietnamese woman.

Which talent would you

most like to have?


Something no one knows

about you?

Played first chair cello with

the San Francisco Youth


If you were to die and come

back as a person or thing, what do you

think it would be?

A Jaguar

What do you consider your greatest


Personal – My two children

Professional – The Nursing program at


What is the love of your life?

My partner Elizabeth and the San

Francisco Giants.

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