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The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

June 2006

Vol 2, No. 9

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

penna@spectrummagazine.net

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

writers@spectrummagazine.net

Robby Schumacher

Contributing Writer

writers@spectrummagazine.net

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

writers@spectrummagazine.net

Katherine Ehat, Nick Markwith

Student Writers

writers@spectrummagazine.net

Dale McKee

Graphic Artist

Damaris Divito

Photography Stylist

Clayton Shyne Ramos

Sales Associate

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DJ Design

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Welcome to the June issue of The Spectrum

Magazine. As the summer begins, we bring you a

wide range of stories that honor those working

hard in our community and inform you of activities you

might want to participate in.

Our cover story this month is about a group of residents who

are working with city government to make their street safer.

Anyone who lives in our community is aware that traffic and

speeding is a challenging issue on McGarvey Avenue. Fed up,

these residents are starting a campaign to help solve the

problem.

Publisher Steve Penna analyzes his predictions of the recent

election in his column, “As I Was Saying …,” and discusses

zoning permits and parking issues in the Downtown area.

Our youth writers from Sequoia and Woodside high schools

bring you their last articles of the school year. Along with

that, we have two stories that demonstrate that when given

the opportunity, youths in our community can excel much

further than anyone’s expectation.

The CityTrees organization has been active for several years,

and we inform you of what they are doing and how to join

them.

Also, we have an activity section for the Fourth of July and

information on the debate going on in the Emerald Hills area.

We would like to thank our loyal advertisers for supporting

community news and we also encourage you to support them

by using their services when you can. They provide excellent

services and many are helping our community by volunteering

and supporting our nonprofit, senior and youth groups.

We encourage you to support community news by filling out

The Spectrum’s subscription form on page 36. That way you

will not miss an issue of The Spectrum and it will be mailed

to your home each month before it hits the streets.

Until next month, Redwood City, enjoy the sunshine and our

community!

Table of

Contents

INSIDE THE SPECTRUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

CITYTREES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

CULTURAL EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

DOWNTOWN REDWOOD CITY AND PARADE . .27

SENIOR ACTIVITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

“AS I WAS SAYING ...” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

THE BATTLE FOR EMERALD HILLS . . . . . . . .17

COVER STORY: SLOWING TRAFFIC ON MCGARVEY .20

NONPROFITS IN ACTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

REDWOOD CITY YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

THE

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This month’s cover photo shoot turned into a real family affair. The

Spectrum’s publisher, Steve Penna, scheduled the shoot for Thursday, June

15, at 3:15 p.m. and contacted Kathy Schrenk to arrange who would be

there and where everyone would meet. After several e-mails back and forth, the

shoot was on.

Penna arrived first and noticed a woman standing at the corner of Alameda and

McGarvey; it turned out to be resident Carol Grialou. Former Mayor and

Spectrum contributing writer Judy Buchan arrived next, and she and Penna met

up with Grialou. Grialou had known Penna’s great-uncle Peter, and they began to

talk about their connection.

Another resident, Karen Smith, and her daughter Molly arrived just before

Schrenk and her son Arthur. Penna and Schrenk had previously worked together

and shared an office on Broadway when he was at the Redwood City Almanac and

she at the Independent Newspaper Group.

Cover story photographer James Kaspar arrived next, and he and Penna discussed

the theme for the cover. After having attended a meeting at City Hall, Redwood

City police Sgt. Dan Mulholland arrived next, and they were ready to go.

While Kaspar directed the four subjects, Penna and Buchan took over as sitters for

Molly and Arthur. Our goal was to capture the foursome in a manner that reflected

their commitment to keeping their street and, for Mulholland, community safe

from speeders and negligent drivers.

During the entire shoot, McGarvey Avenue was active with motorists making their

way almost continuously. However, with the presence of a police motorcycle in

clear view, there seemed to be no speeders whatsoever.

The shoot was completed in about one hour. During that time, several discussions

were offered on how speeders affect the residents’ lives. One wonders why, after a

neighborhood steps forward and asks drivers to respect their families and homes,

one would violate traffic laws.

Photographer James Kaspar snaps away on the corner of McGarvey & Alameda

The Spectrum is honored to bring to you four members of our community who are

contributing to making our city a safer place. While doing so, they inspire others

to do the same.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GREEN WITH CITYTREES

By Dale McKee

Stevens set up the organization and recruit the board.

On the cusp of summer, we all enjoy the shade of the overhanging trees as

we go about our

b u s i n e s s

throughout the city.

Strolls on a late afternoon,

a light breeze in

the air, wouldn’t be the

same without the lush

trees lining the city

streets. They are a part

of our daily life here in

Redwood City, and perhaps

a part we take for

granted.

That’s not true for

CityTrees, a nonprofit

organization working in

concert with the city’s

public works department.

CityTrees was founded

in May 2000 and has

worked in partnership

with the City of

Redwood City Public

Works Services

Department to plant

over 1,000 trees by the

end of 2004. Their mission

statement: To

improve the quality of

life in Redwood City

through a coordinated

program of education,

outreach and advocacy for tree planting, maintenance

and support.

CityTrees raises funds

for the purchase of trees

and recruits volunteers

from the community to

plant and maintain

them. The Redwood

City chief arborist,

Gordon Mann, uses the

citywide plan to determine

where trees should

be planted and which

species are most appropriate

for a location.

Homeowners or Public

Works takes over

responsibility for watering

the trees, and they are

CITYTREES GOES TO WORK

monitored on an ongoing

basis. CityTrees volunteers get back into the picture to prune, restake or otherwise

do maintenance.

There are 11 board members, including Nancy Radcliffe, whom I was able to speak

with at her store, Lulu’s, on Main Street Downtown. Her enthusiasm shone

through in her voice as she spoke of CityTrees and the service they perform in

Redwood City.

“Jane Taylor and Jack Stevens are friends,” she said. “Jane somehow came up with

the idea of a tree group, and she called Jack. At the time I was on the Downtown

task force with Jane, so she said, ‘Oh, I’m thinking of doing this,’ and I said, ‘Oh,

I’d be really interested!’” Ira Ruskin, mayor at that time, helped Taylor and

JANE TAYLOR, JESUS ANGLE [WITH THE CITY] JUDY BURSAK, RICK NORDENSTEN, JASON LEITH HOLDING

BABY JULIAN, TOM CRONIN, ROSS HOTCHKISS, KAREN FINE AND JOHN HOFLAND

“We’ve put in probably over 1600 trees … all over Redwood City,” Radcliffe said.

“I think we’ve totally

planted the Friendly

Acres neighborhood.

Two years ago we had

our thousandth tree. …

We planted a Dawn

Redwood at Stafford

Park, and we’ve got a

nice little brass plaque

— a thousand trees in a

thousand days.”

started planting in the

beginning. As they get

planted, we’ll go back

three years later and

prune.

The city has mapped

out over 7,000 spots

that need street trees.”

That’s a lot of trees for a

volunteer organization

to tackle, but Radcliffe

explained how the city

helps them in their

efforts.

There’s such a difference

with the shade,

beauty and peaceful

green presence of trees

than without. Now

that CityTrees has

added so many trees,

their focus has shifted

from just planting to

planting and pruning.

Keeping the trees beautiful

and healthy isn’t

as easy as it might

sound.

“We do 30 to 40 trees

per planting. When we

first started off, we did

plantings about 11

times a year. Now it’s

down to about six

plantings,” Radcliffe

said. “But we’re doing

pruning now. Pruning is a new area for us. We’re

going back and correctly pruning the trees we

“We’re very much coordinated

with the city,” she

DIGGING NEW GROUND

said. “They help us on every

planting. … They’ll decide … the trees we’re going to plant, because there’s five

different trees that they like to use as street trees. And they will mark the street.

… If any predigging needs to be done, Public Works will do that for us. … They

deliver the trees that day to the spots, and there’s always a city crew working with

us. … We reimburse them for the trees, but because they buy them, we’re able to

get them at a wholesale price versus a retail price.”

Tree planting is something usually handled by Public Works, but in the wake of

budget cuts, the demand simply outpaced the supply.

“That’s why we’re working in conjunction with Public Works,” Radcliffe

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explained. “Especially in the last few years with all the budget cuts, it was hard to

get that many trees in, let’s face it, when they have a small staff. We each take

turns organizing a planting, and we work in conjunction with volunteers.”

Their volunteers have included people from Sun Microsystems, Oracle, the Young

Latino Leaders and a young Muslim group, as well as the Rotary and the

International School. “So each time we’ve had a planting, it’s a different volunteer

group. So it’s also good for them. It’s getting to know each other on a different

level than in the workplace.”

Planting trees, after all, is a team effort.

“You take turns digging the hole and getting the tree in. There’s stakes that go in

that need to be pounded in and tied off and everything, so it’s usually a team of

three per tree. It’s been a great teambuilding thing. Sun has a volunteer month,

which I think is in October; so that’s when they like to work with us. Oracle also

likes to work with us as well; they’ve given us some very nice grants. All our

income is from grant-writing.”

Recently, some trees were vandalized, an event that saddened and puzzled the dedicated

volunteers at CityTrees.

“That was done earlier this year, and that was the first time we’ve ever had vandalism

like this,” said Radcliffe. “There were twelve trees that were totally

destroyed. They were broken; a couple disappeared. We’re not sure what happened.

We actually put out a reward for $2,000 to find out who did it, because it

was a major misdemeanor because of the value of all the trees — about $50 to put

a tree into the ground — not counting our volunteer time.

“We did a real fast replanting — five or six of us board members just went one

Saturday morning. We just wanted them in the ground. Number one, so the vandals

could see that, ok, you’re not going to get the better of us.

“When we plant around a schoolyard, there’s always one tree that gets lost,

because kids are kids,” she said.

It’s obvious in speaking with Radcliffe that CityTrees is something important to

her and also to the many others who donate their time and energy to keeping

Redwood City green.

“I’ve always love gardening and landscaping,” she concluded. “It makes such a

huge difference.”

A complete schedule of planned events can be found on the CityTrees Web site:

www.citytrees.org.

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High School’s Like Writing

in a Yearbook

By Nick Markwith

Student Writer

You look around. You’re on the steps of Woodside High School’s quad and

you find yourself on the verge of writing in a dear friend’s yearbook. With

yearbook in hand, you sit down to think about the beginning of the school

year and begin to write.

The school year started off with a bang last August. Gang activity in the surrounding

area proved to be too much for Principal Linda Common. For the students

and staff’s safety, she banned the colors red and blue to be worn at school,

a practical solution for precarious times. The ban continued for the rest of the year,

with only a few mishaps occurring every day. Once the gang situation diffused in

the minds of Woodside’s administration, the rest of the year grew quieter without

any other vehement incidents on campus.

Although quiet, there were numerous changes at Woodside that altered high

school for many. The Sequoia Union High School District implemented support

classes for incoming freshmen who did not read or solve mathematics at an eighth

grade level. This might not sound like a horrible thing for students who struggle

in those subjects, but those support classes change high school completely for

those who need them. As many of you know, high school almost always consists

of four years of studying. But students who are forced to take as many as five support

classes cannot fulfill high school graduation requirements in those four years

and instead have to complete high school in five years.

After last year’s spectacular performance on the football field, this year’s team did

not do quite as well as hoped. They did manage to make it to CCS playoffs, but

fell short for the championships.

Woodside’s production of “The Wiz” premiered in the spring. It was a remake of

the Wizard of Oz with Woodside students and directed by Barry Woodruff. They

worked diligently after school to pull it off, sometimes practicing into the late

hours of the night. In the end, their hard work paid off as they put on an amazing

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While Woodside’s halls were quiet, California courts were packed with students

pleading for their right to receive a diploma despite failing the California High

School Exit Exam because of insufficient preparation at low-income high schools.

In early May, Alameda Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman decided to discontinue

the graduation requirement because of California’s inability to prepare those

students, allowing some 47,000 students to graduate without passing the CAH-

SEE. But two weeks later, the California Supreme Court overruled Freedman’s

decision and reinstated the graduation requirement. Now, the students who do go

through graduation will be given a certificate and have to retake the CAHSEE in

July to receive their diploma.

Even though this year’s graduating class was one of the smallest in a few years,

Woodside’s stands were packed with relatives and friends. If you drove by

Woodside High School on June 9, you could have easily recognized that it was

graduation by all the cars parked along Woodside Road. Despite being a little

warmer than I prefer, graduation went smoothly. Graduating seniors read speeches

and names as the graduates lined up at the stage, shook hands and received

diplomas and, in some cases, certificates.

You finish writing the final detail about graduation and hand your friend’s yearbook

to him. You stand up and begin to walk away, all the while thinking about

the future. For many, the year’s end meant a couple of months of working and

relaxing before the upcoming, grueling year of school and homework. For others,

those last few days signified the conclusion of an era in their lives, the end of high

school. But with every end there is a beginning. Those graduates are going on to

bigger and greater things that, at this point, I can only imagine. Good luck to all

those seniors who graduated from Woodside. This is just the beginning.

“Time of Your Life” Ends

Sequoia’s Year

By Katherine Ehat

Student Writer

Sequoia students had the “time of their life” on May 27 at the 2006

Junior/Senior Prom. Prom was held at the Westin St. Francis in San

Francisco, located in Union Square. There were 500 tickets sold and about

480 in attendance at

the dance that night, a

high number for

Sequoia dances. The

theme, “Time of Your

Life,” was executed

beautifully by the

members of the prom

committee. There were

gorgeous white-lily and

white-orchid centerpieces

accented with

gold, and surrounding

the room were

enlarged black-andwhite

photos that students

had submitted of

themselves and their friends, throughout their high school years, to symbolize that

high school had truly been the time of their lives. Halfway through the dance, the

Prom King, Queen, Prince and Princess were announced. Bryon Palazzo and Alexis

Fletcher were crowned Junior Prince and Princess. Tyler Tallman and Dana Oronco

were crowned Senior Prom King and Queen. Bright, vivid colors were the fashion

trend this prom season. The majority of the girls were in bright turquoise, hot

pink, vivid yellow, lime green and electric orange. The boys enjoyed the bright colors

just as much as the girls as they tried to match their vests and ties to their

dates’ dresses.

The DJ did a fabulous job of playing songs from the provided schoolwide-compiled

song list and from student requests at the dance. The music selection featured

mainly the latest rap and hip-hop hits. The students danced to their hearts’ content

all night and did a very good job of keeping the requested “no freak dancing”

rules in place.

Sequoia students were asked to adhere to many rules that night. Not only were

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strict dancing rules placed on the students, they were also asked to adhere to normal

school policy rules. Of course, no one was to be under the influence of drugs

or alcohol at the dance and, to ensure that, some rather unconventional methods

were used. As students entered the dance and were checked in according to their

ticket numbers, they were asked to breathe into the principal’s face as a form of

Breathalyzer. Students were pulled to the side for further investigation if they had

sweet breath or dilated pupils. This method may have caught those guilty of breaking

the school rules, but it also penalized the innocent, causing many upset students.

A question that lingers in many minds (both of students who attended and

parents) is why the Sequoia administration didn’t choose to use an actual

Breathalyzer. Maybe next time.

These were very reasonable and necessary rules for the dance attendees to follow,

and all Sequoia students were very aware of what would be asked of them at this

dance. Schoolwide announcements were made daily with the newly enforced

“freak dancing” rules. And the week before prom, the Police Department, in coordination

with the activity directors at Sequoia, held an assembly called “Safe and

Sober Prom.” Officer Todd Hurst, the school resource officer, worked with several

students to put on this assembly, which featured a car crash, medical and police

assistance at the scene of the accident, and a memorial for a classmate who died

as a result of the accident. In this simulation, several students were involved in a

drunk-driving accident on their way home from a prom afterparty, leaving two students

in critical condition, one student dead and another in jail. After watching

medics and firefighters remove the students from the totaled cars, with one student

removed by coroners, the gathering made its way into Sequoia’s Carrington

Hall for a “memorial service” for senior Ashley Wyrick, who was “killed” in the

simulation. This moving service featured speeches by classmates who didn’t stand

up to those who were going to drive drunk from the party and by Ashley’s grandfather,

grieving the loss of his beloved grandchild. While this assembly dampened

the mood at Sequoia for the remainder of the day, it sent a very strong and moving

message to the students attending prom. Seeing something so devastating

brought to life with their own classmates made many students much more prepared

to care for their safety and the safety of others at that weekend’s prom. After

this assembly, a lot of the students planning on attending prom made arrangements

for forms of transportation such as limos, buses or even designated-parent

chauffeurs. Not only was this type of transportation encouraged for safety, but,

due to the location of the prom, parking was very scarce and expensive.

While the homemade “Breathalyzer” system enraged many students and parents,

the beautiful location and decorations and fabulous DJ made up for it, and the

night will be fondly remembered by those who attended. The majority had the

“time of their lives” and can’t wait to see what Sequoia leadership has in store for

next year’s prom. And as for the seniors, it was a good way to say goodbye to

Sequoia.

As for me, this is my last article. Having graduated from Sequoia, I will be attending

UCSC in the fall, with hopes of majoring in journalism or business. It has been

my pleasure to write for The Spectrum the past two years. I have enjoyed bringing

Sequoia High School news to Redwood City, and I look forward to being able

to find out the happenings at my old school through this news magazine in the

years to come.

Girl, Abandoned as Newborn,

Ready to Graduate

Agirl who was wrapped in a towel, stuffed in a brown

paper bag and abandoned as a newborn on the side

of a road 18 years ago is now ready to graduate from

high school. On Dec. 30, 1987, it was 45 degrees and dropping

when Steve Gibbons, a California Highway Patrol officer,

pulled off Interstate 280 to stop and stretch his legs. He

heard the infant crying and took her to Sequoia Hospital,

where she became known as “Miraculous Mary.”

Ashley Wyrick, 18, graduated on June 9 from Sequoia High

School, just four miles from where she was dumped when

she was just a few hours old. “It makes me feel like I’m here

for a reason. I’m here to do something with my life,” said Wyrick, who will attend

the University of Arizona in the fall on a scholarship. “I’m not here to sit around

and cry and waste my time thinking about what happened to me.”

sent to live with Leo and Kathy Wyrick, who named her Ashley. “The chance of

her being found in that area at that hour of the night was nothing short of a miracle,”

said Sheryl Greenspan, one of the nurses who tended to the abandoned

baby. Greenspan thought she never would see Miraculous Mary again and the

baby might never know what had happened, so she crafted two albums filled with

every photograph and newspaper article written about her. A social worker kept

her promise and delivered one of the albums to the baby’s new family. Greenspan

kept the other one for herself.

A few years later, the Wyricks divorced, and Leo Wyrick got custody of the girl.

Those who knew them said the father and daughter were inseparable. Wyrick was

8 when her father was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given just two months to

live. He died a year later. Serene Herrmann, Leo Wyrick’s grown daughter from

another marriage, became her legal guardian and mother.

Wyrick learned about her abandonment when she was 10. And she held onto her

scrapbook. Recently, she met Greenspan, the nurse who made it for her. “I had

been hoping it would stay with her,” Greenspan said. “It was important that Baby

Mary had some idea who she was and what her beginnings are like.” It turned out

that Greenspan’s daughters also attend Sequoia, and she had previously met

Wyrick but hadn’t known who she was.

In August, Wyrick will head off to the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she

plans to major in psychology and English. She said she may one day write a book

about her story.

Succeeding Despite Obstacles

As far back as Jose Garcia can remember, he has lived in the United States.

Legally, however, he was born in Mexico and has yet to be able to acquire

his citizenship. The 18-year-old Sequoia senior is hopeful it will come

through in approximately six months. In the meantime, he’s just happy his soccer

skills are giving him the opportunity to go to college.

Garcia moved to Redwood City when he was 2 years old. It’s the only place he

remembers living. At an early age, the athletic young man began playing soccer.

When he was 11, he began playing competitively. “Soccer has brought me a lot of

good things,” he said. Through soccer he was able to play for a state champion

team, which is heading to Idaho for regionals this summer, and he made the

national team. While he was really happy to make such a prestigious team, there

was a problem. The team planned to travel to Europe, and without citizenship

Garcia wasn’t sure he’d be allowed back in the country.

Not being a citizen definitely proved to be challenging for the young athlete. He

can’t get his driver’s license. The only summer job he could get is one in which he

works for a family member. And when it came to college, forget applying for a loan.

“Not having your citizenship and trying to succeed makes you try harder. It’s like

you’re not supposed to succeed,” he said.

Thankfully for Garcia, through the support of his family, friends, coaches and

administrators he was able to find opportunities by working hard. Not too long

ago he decided to go to a soccer camp, where he had a lucky break. He had applied

to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo but hadn’t talked to the soccer coaches, who just happened

to watch Garcia play at this camp. He was offered a scholarship if he played

for the tech school, an offer he couldn’t turn down.

“In my 10 years as an administrator I’ve never seen a student who has accomplished

so much in the face of so much adversity,” said Sequoia Principal Morgan

Marchbanks.

The accomplished soccer player is also successful academically. He attends highlevel

classes and maintains a high GPA. Although he was able to achieve high

marks, the task was still challenging, since many times he couldn’t ask his parents

for help. “I go from school, where I speak 99 percent English, to home, where it’s

100 percent Spanish. It’s like living in two different worlds,” he said.

The hard work paid off, and now Garcia has plans to study business administration

at Cal Poly. He admits the degree is a safeguard in case a professional soccer

career doesn’t pan out.

Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily Journal newspaper.

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As I Was Saying ...

As I Was Saying ...

By

Steve Penna

Publisher

No one is ever 100 percent accurate — well, at

least not most of the time. I have to admit I

was pleasantly surprised at my predictions

for the June election and have given myself a nice

pat on the back. Here is a wrap-up.

The two top Democratic candidates, Phil

Angelides and Steve Westly, slugged it out and,

as I predicted, Angelides won and will now take on

current Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Too bad;

Westly might have been able to defeat him in

November, but now it will be no contest. I am a lifelong

Democrat and I am not even sure whom I will be

voting for.

In the third district of the County Supervisor race, I

picked incumbent Rich Gordon by a large margin and

that happened, as he gathered 34,440 votes. In that

same race Jack Hickey managed to get only 15,730

votes, a respectable showing, but he placed last in the

three-person contest. One has to wonder if voters are

turned off at seeing his name on every ballot? We will

have to see if that is an issue as he runs for re-election

to the Sequoia Healthcare District this November.

Remember, San Mateo County Sheriff Don Horsley

will also be running.

The heated race between Leland Yee, Mike Nevin

and Lou Papan for the Democratic nomination to

replace State Sen. Jackie Speier turned out to be not

so, as Yee, as I predicted, won hands down.

In the Superior Court judge race, I predicted Susan

Etezadi over Lisa Maguire, and she did so by almost

10 percent of the vote. One of the reasons why might

have been political consultant Bob O’Brien. He was

first hired by the Maguire camp to run their campaign

and was then let go only to be picked up by Etezadi.

Was that the difference?

Election season is always one of my favorite times of

the year and I cannot wait until November to see who

will be leading our community and state for the next

few years.

One of the items on the November ballot will be an

eight-cent sales tax increase that Supervisor Jerry Hill

describes as a measure to “keep parks and recreation

thriving.” The measure will generate $13 million to

$16 million annually. The county will be asking voters

for approval at the same time the state will be asking

us to approve some four bonds totaling $37.3 billion

for the infrastructure for schools, levee upgrades, transportation

and affordable housing. Looks like our wallets

and purses will be a little emptier. Or should I look

at it as less full?

* * * *

Wasn’t that Redwood City Police Chief Carlos

Bolanos and San Mateo Undersheriff Greg Munks

laughing “with” me after I wrote several months ago

that Bolanos would leave his position and be Munks’

undersheriff once he officially replaced Horsley? Well,

lo and behold — Bolanos has announced just that, and

it will take effect January 8, 2007. Another pat on the

back for that one!

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CULTURAL EVENTS

Free Live Music All Summer Long

Redwood City’s two famous and fabulous free summer concert series are about to

begin! Live in Downtown (starting June 16) features great music every Friday at 6

p.m. right next to City Hall, and the Stafford Park concert series (starting June 28)

gives free music on the green every Wednesday at 6 p.m. throughout the summer.

Here are the schedules (go to www.redwoodcity.org/parks for more details):

Live in Downtown

June 16: Fred McCarty & Company (country)

June 23: Big Rain (rock, funk and blues crossover)

June 30: Daddy-O (rock ’n’ roll)

July 7: Dave Crimmen (rockabilly)

July 14: Wally’s Swing World (modern swing)

July 21: Busta Groove (dance hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s)

July 28: Take 2 (hits from the ’70s to today)

August 4: Emily Lord (adult contemporary)

August 11: Ben Marcato and his Mondo Combo (rockin’ swing)

August 18: Cool Jerks (Motown and big band)

August 25: Nite Cry (blues, rock and soul)

September 1: Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonson (big blues sound)

September 8: Aja Vu (Steely Dan tribute band)

Stafford Park

June 28: California Cowboys (country)

July 5: Zydeco Flames (zydeco)

July 12: Molly’s Revenge (Celtic)

July 19: Pure Ecstasy (Motown, R&B)

July 26: Double Funk Crunch (disco, the hits and more)

August 2: Garage Band (’40s to today)

August 9: Orquesta d’Sol (salsa, Latin)

August 16: Sun Kings (Beatles tribute band)

The concert series are sponsored by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission

and Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services. They’re funded in

part by a generous donation from the Port of Redwood City. Additional sponsors

include San Mateo Credit Union, Provident Credit Union and Allied Waste

Services (formerly BFI).

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St.

UNBOUND: A special exhibit of new works by artists David Baltzer and Barbara

Kirst. Opening July 5 and running through August 6. Reception with the artists

experience of reading as a way to unravel the past. Observing the passage of time

and its effects is a thematic underpinning of the exhibit, as well as unrecorded passages

of an ordinary life and living history as viewed in the fragmentary and suggestive.

The Main Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday 11–4 and weekends 10–3.

For more information call the gallery at (650) 701-1018 or visit www.themaingallery.org.

The Little Fox

2209 Broadway

Heather Combs Band plus Even Elroy

Friday, June 30, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

The Heather Combs Band has been voted “best band of the Bay Area” two years

in a row by San Francisco Magazine and has opened for the Go-Go’s, Tom Petty,

Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Los Lobos, Joan Osborne, The Who, Steve Earle, Kasey

Chambers, Todd Snider and Joan Jett, to name just a few. Loyal followers know

that the HCB loves to play four-hour-plus shows and won’t quit until last call.

They get sweaty on stage. They make fun of themselves. They drink beer. They

pour their hearts into it.

CD Release Concert

Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus the Zydeco Flames

Saturday, July 1, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Tom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer, joins forces with some of the

finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney &

Flambeau, a band that will tear the roof off of anyplace that has one and raise the

spirits of everyone around. And now, at long last, the new Tom Rigney &

Flambeau CD is here and it is off the hook! A scaldingly hot collection of tunes

and songs that will burn a deep groove in your CD player and in your consciousness.

July 3 Live Music Fireworks!

Skynnyn Lynnyrd — A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd — plus Jungle

Rooster

Monday, July 3, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Skynnyn Lynnyrd began to take form at the very moment of the tragic crash that

ended the lives of Ronnie VanZant, Steve and Cassie Gains, and Dean Kilpatrick.

An American saga ended on that day in 1977, leaving a void that begs to be filled

by millions of fans all over the world. It’s about the music ... real, honest and often

edgy. Skynnyn Lynnyrd has stripped the sound of the legendary band down to its

finest detail and reassembled it, not as a cover but as it was intended.

The Heartbeats plus the Groove Kings

Friday, July 7, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

The Heartbeats are a dance band and a show band covering rock ’n’ roll, soul, the

Motown era and more. The Heartbeats have been entertaining discriminating

audiences from coast to coast and abroad for over 20 years. The riveting stage

show takes you from the Beatles to the Beach Boys, Tom Jones to the soulful

sounds of Motown. Costumes and scene changes and blazing, tightly woven harmonies

make this a unique stage presentation.

Sunday, July 9, 4–7 p.m.

Taking a different approach, two artists of The Main Gallery present a new and

nuanced body of work. These works are offered to the public in a unique exhibit

entitled UNBOUND. The exhibit title refers to the passage of time, recorded and

unrecorded histories. This exhibit features the work of two artists. David Baltzer

will be exhibiting a series of new paintings and assemblages chronicling a life lived.

Barbara Kirst will show small-scale mixed media collages that relate to the deconstructed

book. The exhibit centers on the themes of history, memory, and the

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MiGGs, Shawn Evans Band, Fred

Saturday, July 8, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

MiGGs music is tight and taut; these guys can spin on a dime from a quick 6/8 to

a slamming 4/4 and give you change. The songs beat the highest standards of modern

writing, with hooks and melodies that connect and stay with you from the first

time you hear them. The lyrics come out of everyday life — stories of loneliness,

frustration, regret and anger, told with uncommon candor and dark humor.

Singled out by the San Francisco Herald as “the next big thing.”

Fiddling Cricket Concerts Welcomes Ledward Kaapana

Tuesday, July 11, 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18 door

Led Kaapana is nearing his 40th year as a professional musician. His mastery of

stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and extraordinary baritone and

leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voice have made him a musical legend. Chet Atkins and Bob

Dylan have both stated that 2006 Grammy Award winner Led Kaapana is simply

the best musician alive in Hawaii. Led has recorded with Ricky Skaggs, Alison (continued

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CIVILIAN RESCUERS HONORED

The Redwood City Council publicly honored civilians and police officers

who helped pull a woman from her burning apartment on Friday, May 5.

The men had gone inside the building and removed Drummer even as

flames engulfed the apartment, according to Cavallero.

The two-alarm fire

broke out in the

afternoon in a single-story,

three-unit

apartment building

at the intersection of

Oak and King

Streets.

Together with

police and fire

units, the men

moved Drummer

onto the lawn of a

neighboring house,

and paramedics

began treating her.

When firefighters

arrived at the building,

they found four

men — Redwood

City residents

Alberto Hernandez

and Mike Nunez,

along with San

Mateo resident Fred

Babcock and Menlo

Park resident Jess

Coronel — at the

front entrance of the

unit, pulling 50-

year-old Pamela

Drummer from the

burning building, Battalion Chief Steve Cavallero said.

Drummer died the

following Sunday

at Santa Clara

Valley Medical

Center. She had

suffered seconddegree

burns to 60

percent of her

body, including her

face, chest, arms

and legs, according

to the Santa Clara

County Medical

Examiner.

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Redwood City businesses are

here to serve you!

Check out our Best of the Best selections. The Spectrum Magazine knows you are always looking

for different places to dine, bank, invest, shop, work out or treat yourself. We have been out in our

community, using businesses that not only provide excellent service but also contribute to our community.

We urge you to shop local and shop often!

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Whether you are looking for a new set of tires or need

repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood City institution has been providing quality vehicle services

since 1957. Redwood General Tire was founded on the premise that good customer service and

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.

Eating and Catering:

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

Canyon Inn is nestled in the small, quiet neighborhood of Emerald Hills. It’s a popular stop for

bicycle touring clubs and local sports celebrities such as members of the San Francisco 49ers. But

the reputation draws celebrities and personalities from all over the world. The restaurant is noted

for its burgers and beers, most notably the Hacksaw Burger, a big double cheeseburger named after

Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds. The Canyon Inn also offers hot and cold sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and

chips, spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, tacos and quesadillas. If you use their coupon in this month’s

Spectrum, you can get 10 percent off all meals. Now that’s an offer you cannot pass up!

Diving Pelican Café – 650 Bair Island Road, Suite 102 – This restaurant may be the best-kept

secret in Redwood City. They offer a variety of specialty items, including eggs Benedict with fresh

crab and homemade hollandaise sauce. They also have beer, wine, and espresso drinks available to

go. For your convenience, they have outdoor seating that overlooks the water. Conveniently located

half a mile from the freeway, it’s easy to stop by and visit. Try the famous pear, walnut, gorgonzola

and grilled chicken salad. It is so delicious that people come from all over to enjoy it! They

also have a seasonal specialty, which is mango pasticcio and feta cheese salad with grilled chicken.

People tell us that they want to keep the cafe a secret, because it is such a nice location with outstanding

food. We won’t tell anyone?

Encore Performance Catering – 2992 Spring St. – Owner Dave Hyman’s menu goes on for eight

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. He also has a strong sense of community

and participates in many community-oriented events. Additionally, Hyman is proud of the fact that

his business products are nearly 100 percent recyclable, and they contribute their leftovers to St.

Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Redwood City. Need a caterer for that party or event? Call Dave

at (650) 365-3731.

Little India – 917 Main St. – This stylish Indian restaurant features a reasonably priced all-youcan-eat

buffet for both lunch and dinner. The home-style food is mainly from the northwest region

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

You can dine in or take out. Senior citizens receive $1 off, and children (under 12) dine at half

price. Bring your appetite, because you will want to try everything!

New Kapadokia – 2399 Broadway – From soups, salads and kebabs to entrees of doner, et kavurma

and vegetarian manti, this restaurant is Turkish cuisine at its best! A special lunch menu at

$6.95 for all entrees makes it even better. Wine and Turkish beer are available. This restaurant is

a must try for all Redwood City residents and friends!

Savvy Cellar Wines – 2048 Broadway – One of the newest “hot spots” in town, they provide daily

specials of wine tasting flights. The specials are rotated biweekly, and all wines are drawn from their

retail wine shop inventory. The wine bar is always open during regular business hours. Sampling

wines side by side is a great way to expand your wine knowledge. All their wines are rated 90 and

above, and all bottles are priced $39 or less. They have live jazz once a week. They also provide

great food complements to wine: artisan cheeses, quiches, fresh baguettes, olives, chocolates and

more. Tuesday through Saturday (11–2) they offer a European lunch plate for $11.95, which

includes quiche, cheeses, baguette, fruit and a glass of wine. Taste what you want. Buy what you

like.

Entertainment:

Arthur Murray Dance Studio – 2065 Broadway – Whatever your goal — meeting people, gaining

confidence or preparing for the first dance at your wedding — the expert instructors can design

a customized program that’s just right for you! One strength of the Arthur Murray system is the

wide variety of dances you can choose from: foxtrot, merengue, waltz, swing, hustle, rumba, chacha,

tango, salsa and many more. You can hire genuine Arthur Murray professionals to teach and

dance at your special event. For weddings, hire dance hosts to come and dance with your guests.

For birthday parties, have a group lesson and then everyone can dance together. Go with the era

of your choice for anniversary parties. At business parties, they will teach your group with fun and

flair. For holiday parties, they will prepare your crowd for the festivities. Hire someone to teach at

your ’50s party, ’70s party or at the theme party of your choice. Take the first step to years of fun

and confidence on the dance floor. Contact Arthur Murray to get started today. And your first lesson

is always complimentary!

Financial Institutions:

Capital Mortgage Lending – 805 Veterans Blvd., #202 – Lourdes Carini and her team of dedicated

loan agents focus on residential lending, including purchases and refinances. As a mortgage

company, they deal with a large assortment of lenders, allowing them to research the best financing

to meet each client’s individual needs. Carini has over 25 years experience in the Bay Area

financial services industry. The company’s success is based on referrals, its track record and being

accessible to clients. So if you have a mortgage loan need or question, please pick up the phone

and call (650) 362-2700.

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

through face-to-face interaction and adherence to a strategy of recommending quality

investments that have proven themselves over time. So does Investment Representative David

Amman, who manages their Redwood City office. He understands that this approach might be considered

unfashionable. But if it means helping his clients achieve their goals, whether for retirement,

education or just financial security, it’s an approach he plans to stick to.

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 take the time to listen, are slowly becoming

things of the past. Luckily, this is not the case at First National Bank of Northern California,

according to Brian Palter, branch manager of the Redwood City location. “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 Palter a

call and see what he means.

Personal Improvement:

Redwood Massage & Sauna – 797 Arguello St. – First opened in 1964 by two Finnish women,

this professional facility is now under the management of Beverly and Harold May. Ms. May is a

full-time massage therapist with almost thirty years of experience. They pride themselves on having

exceptionally talented massage therapists to care for you, trained in a variety of specialized

techniques to improve your circulation, mental clarity and creativity as well as optimize your overall

physical health. Your experience at Redwood Massage & Sauna will enhance your health and

well-being naturally in the true Finnish tradition of therapeutic massage and sauna amid clean,

comfortable and serene surroundings.

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

Re:Juvenate is owned and operated by Sherna Madan, M.D., and Linda S. Moore, R.N. Together

they have more than 50 years in the healthcare industry and over 10 years in the field of aesthetics.

Both have lived and worked in the community for the majority of those years. When a consumer

is looking for a facility that offers a list of services that are so personal, name recognition

and reputation are of the utmost importance. Relationships are formed quickly, and trust is a huge

part of the equation. Whether you are seeing a Re:Juvenate clinician for acne, sun damage, skin

tightening, wrinkle reduction or laser hair removal, the process starts with a complimentary consultation

with a member of the aesthetic staff. Call (650) 261-0500 and mention The Spectrum

Magazine.

Warren Street Chiropractic – 520 Warren St. – Warren Street Chiropractic Wellness and Injury

Center was formerly Lease Chiropractic Offices, owned and operated by Timothy H. Lease, D.C.

Dr. Lease is beginning his 22nd year of practice and has a very broad patient base, from infants to

folks in their 90s. Cases include work injury (workers’ compensation), personal injury (car accidents,

slips and falls, bicycle and pedestrian accidents), carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis,

headaches, neck pain, back pain, and leg and arm pain. He has a working network of other doctors

and therapists, so he is able to refer for second opinions or other therapy if appropriate. The

office has six spacious exam rooms, including a massage room.

Retail:

Mayers Jewelers – 2303 Broadway – Redwood City’s oldest family-owned jewelers still sparkle like

they did the first day they opened in 1969. They have a large selection of necklaces, rings and

watches. If you cannot find exactly what you want, they have personal designs that have kept

Redwood City residents frequenting this fine business for years.

Home Improvements:

Bay Area Maintenance – (650) 368-3906 – No matter how small or large your workplace or

home, this company can tailor a cost-effective cleaning and maintenance program for you. By

adding in the periodic services you can budget your maintenance needs with confidence. They listen

to you, your tenants, employees and customers and pattern their task assignments accordingly.

These are but a few of the reasons Bay Area Maintenance has withstood the test of time — service!

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Rick Lewis, founder, 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 and lives in Redwood City and has 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, effort, 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 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today!

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The Battle for Emerald Hills

Hundreds Protest

Emerald Hills Plan

Approximately 600 Emerald Hills residents protested proposed zoning laws

and design guidelines that threaten to regulate everything from new landscaping

to the color of one’s home. “There was a lot of screaming, emotion

and a lot of applause,” said 32-year Emerald Hills resident Robert Parkhurst.

The community showed up at Clifford School to express its frustrations with the

Emerald Hills Homeowners Association, claiming that the small group is attempting

to control a community of more than 1,700 homes. For more than a year, the

Emerald Hills Homeowners Association in unincorporated Redwood City has

worked to develop new zoning laws for approval by the San Mateo County Board

of Supervisors. The zoning laws govern things like height and square-footage limits.

The 32 pages of design guidelines touch on everything from types of plants to

acceptable exterior colors.

Members of the association claim the new zoning requirements and guidelines will

help new residents and those looking to add on know what is acceptable in the

community. Opponents calling themselves the Emerald Hills Community

Coalition claim the association is a group of about 20 residents trying to turn the

diverse neighborhood into a tightly regulated, exclusive community. “It confirms a

lot of what I’ve thought for the six or seven years I’ve lived here, that the association

represents a small minority of people,” said Emerald Hills resident Mark

Botto.

Only about 30 people at the meeting were in favor of the changes. The zoning

requirements build upon the ones created in 1989 and are not unique. They are

modeled after a similar midcoast plan previously approved by the county. The

design guidelines are much more restrictive and dictate the color and landscape a

new house or addition should use. Many at the meeting wanted to make changes

to the association, with some arguing for a complete dissolution of the board.

Members of the board are quick to point out that it held meetings and sent out a

poll to residents. The poll had received a majority of respondents in favor of the

changes, according to the association’s Web site. However, those opposed to the

association call it a push-poll that was phrased in such a way to get positive reactions

from people.

The San Mateo County Planning Commission will have the ultimate say over the

plan later this summer. Some hope it will never get that far. “I think we need to

think about tolerance and freedom in our neighborhood. That matters more than

the color of my neighbor’s home,” said Parkhurst.

Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily Journal newspaper.

Keep Emerald Hills a

Wonderful Place to

Live

By the Emerald Hills Homeowners Association Board

Emerald Hills is a wonderful place to live. A diverse demographic lives here,

and we are surrounded by a natural environment that is rare in the Bay Area

today. These are two key reasons people cite as their primary attraction to

the area.

It is important that the Emerald Hills community understand the facts and not

just the emotion that has been driving some recent concerns. One concern is that

a vocal group feels excluded from the decisions and events taken on by the

Emerald Hills Homeowners Association. The EHHA does not pretend to speak for

everyone — that is not realistic or possible. Our objective is to represent the majority

sentiment of those who choose to participate with the association. We provide

many mechanisms for participation: community input meetings, e-mails/letters to

the board, online forums, annual meetings, votes on proposals and elected officers,

etc. We have always made our best effort to solicit community involvement and

continue to work to ensure everyone receives adequate notice of all activities.

The term “style police” has been associated with the proposed design standards

and the limitations imposed on the residents. The truth is that for the most part

these design standards have been in place for 16 years! It has been incorrectly positioned

that these are all new regulations, when in fact they have been guidelines

used for every new house built or remodeled since 1990. The intent was to make

a single document that homeowners, neighbors, builders, architects, design review

and county entities can all use equally. Unlike the existing ordinances in hard to

read “government language,” it is well organized, with the standards clearly written

and filled with illustrations and examples. It is based on the Midcoast (Half

Moon Bay) Design Standards that have already been approved by that community

and the county.

Another concern is preserving diversity. This diversity seems important to all. No

one is trying to take that away. The design standards are a guideline to help maintain

the existing neighborhood’s character. No one wants a cookie-cutter community

here, but uncontrolled development will create one. Property rights must be

honored, but individual rights end when they limit the rights of others. We are a

community, and we all need to respect our neighbors and their rights as well.

The EHHA has been an advocate for the area for several decades. In the ’70s it

worked with the county to develop a community plan to move from septic to sewer

system. With this came the intensive pace and scope of new home development

and the lack of enforceable regulations. Many homeowners felt this uncontrolled

growth was detrimental to Emerald Hills. In the late ’80s existing regulations were

developed and adopted, which has contributed to a higher quality of housing.

While there may not have been perfect execution of these guidelines in the eyes of

some, we need to work together to make it better for all of us.

The EHHA has also worked with other community concerns such as preserving

Edgewood Park as an open space, stopping the county from widening all the roads

and adding sidewalks (which would have substantially infringed on people’s properties),

reducing our water rates, distributing over 2,000 free trees to homeowners

and, recently, working with the Department of Public Works on dangerous traffic

locations. It has not, however, been involved in placing speed bumps on

Cordilleras or establishing the “no left turn” policy off Edgewood.

Emerald Hills is a wonderful place to live. We all need to get on the same page to

keep the character, diversity and beauty of Emerald Hills alive. This has somehow

been positioned as an “us against them” battle. First of all, there’s no need to fight.

We need to have civil, facilitated meetings where all sides can be heard without

fear of intimidation. Second, we all want the same thing; let’s figure out how to do

it together.

The Emerald Hills Homeowners Association was founded by residents in the late

1950s to fight attempts by the state to site Interstate 280 through the residential

areas of Emerald Hills.

Sleeping Giant Wakes

in Emerald Hills

By Michael Mangini

Asleeping giant has been awakened in San Mateo County. The 3,000-plus residents

of the unincorporated area known as Emerald Hills have been awakened

to the threat to their property rights and personal freedoms posed by

the new zoning codes being considered by county government on behalf of a small

lobbying group calling themselves the Emerald Hills Homeowners Association.

In the early 1990s, the EHHA, with an active membership of no more than 50

people, convinced county officials to enact a system of development and design

guidelines that recommend limitations on everything from house size and design

style to exterior color and fencing materials. At the time, most residents were

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unaware of the activities of the EHHA and the county never brought it to a public

vote. We trusted our elected officials and the experts they employ in the

Planning and Building Division to employ good sense on our behalf.

We were wrong.

Over the next 15 years, as individual homeowners tried to improve their properties

with additions or remodels, they came up against the system of restrictions

and narrow guidelines created by the EHHA and were disheartened at the real loss

of control over their own property that we’ve all suffered. Some individuals, with

enough dogged determination, time and money, were able to get through the system

but came away with a terrible lingering resentment about how they were treated

and a feeling they had no voice in the county’s governmental process.

In 2004, EHHA decided to revise the zoning codes yet again, this time attempting

to make guidelines into codified law so nobody could escape their vision of

how we all should live. Slick marketing presentations were held, phony polls were

conducted and 37 pages of new codes were written and submitted to the county.

Once again, the Board of Supervisors was told the EHHA spoke for our community,

and the $15,000 fee for submitting zoning revisions was waived.

But this time someone noticed, and several dozen neighbors got together to figure

out a way to stop them. We formed the Emerald Hills Community Coalition and

convinced Lisa Grote, the new director of Planning and Building for San Mateo

County, to hold a county-sponsored forum on May 31, 2006, to discuss the proposal

before advancing it on to the Planning Commission and the Board of

Supervisors for passage. I wrote a letter telling my neighbors in plain English how

this proposal would strip them of what remained of their personal property rights

and urged them to come to the meeting. Instead of going on vacation this year, I

purchased paper, envelopes, toner and stamps and mailed my letter to the 1,700

households that would be affected by these codes.

school grounds outside. It was an awesome sight!

To their credit, county officials abandoned their planned presentation and statement

of support for the EHHA proposal to hear what residents had to say. For

three hours, neighbors stood to oppose the proposal as a misrepresentation of their

views by the EHHA and voice their long-held opposition to the current system. At

the end of the meeting, Grote publicly acknowledged she now believes the EHHA

does not represent the residents of Emerald Hills, but that she still has to process

its proposal because it is “in the system” and only a voluntary withdrawal by the

EHHA could stop it from continuing. That is something EHHA board President

Sallie Martin vowed in a newspaper article not to do.

So the sleeping giant that has become the Emerald Hills Community Coalition

must now mobilize for an extended battle in which the voices of our hundreds and

our thousands can, finally, be heard. It’s not what we wanted, but we are prepared

to go the distance and bring the fight all the way to the Board of Supervisors to

stop this abuse of power and revisit the system of guidelines that are currently

strangling us. For the record, I am a pharmacist who has lived and raised a family

in Emerald Hills for the past 30 years. I am not a developer who could profit from

any of this, as has been charged by the EHHA on its Web site. I don’t have a Web

site and I’m not a lobbyist. In fact, I am a lobbyist’s worst nightmare — an everyday

citizen who has finally had enough of being bullied and misrepresented in the

halls of power by a small, special interest group. For several years, our current

Board of Supervisors has encouraged us to get involved with our government. Now

that we have, it remains to be seen if our voices will actually be heard. I hope, for

the sake of all our futures and our faith in participatory democracy, that our government

is listening.

Editor’s note: Michael Mangini is the spokesman for the Emerald Hills Community

Coalition.

To my amazement, more than 600 Emerald Hills residents came to Clifford School

on a work night to make their voices heard. The multipurpose room, with a capacity

of 610 people, was overflowing, and people spilled out into the parking lot and

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS: SLOWIN

By Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

McGarvey Avenue cascades from the heights of Farm Hill to the flatlands

of Fairview, bringing with it the stuff of legend: speeding cars hurtling

down the street, gaining enough velocity to go airborne, slamming into

trees, parked cars and oncoming traffic.

And rattling neighborhood nerves.

Carol Grialou, a 35-year resident of McGarvey Avenue, says it’s not legend at all.

She joins other longtime residents with tales of traffic nightmares on the oncequiet

street. “When I moved in here in 1971, some of my neighbors told me the

street had once been a dead end at the top of the hill,” Grialou said. With the

advent of Farm Hill Boulevard and Interstate 280, Grialou believes her street has

become a convenient shortcut to get from the hills to the flatlands. She would love

to see traffic diverted from McGarvey at Farm Hill but knows that’s one sign that

probably won’t be installed.

As drivers gravitated to McGarvey over the years, so did problems associated with

more traffic. “Oh, I’ve seen cars go airborne,” Grialou said. “I’ve had my cars and

my trees hit,” she added.

She called the city about traffic concerns shortly after she moved to McGarvey.

After persistent phone calls, she recalled, “a man was sent out here at 2:30 in the

afternoon to check the traffic.” When she asked him for his thoughts on how to

handle the traffic situation, he replied, “Well, lady, I guess you haven’t had enough

people die here yet.”

While statistics indicate no one has died in a collision in the area, McGarvey resident

Kathy Schrenk summed up the neighbors’ concerns quite succinctly: “Oh,

there is a problem.”

She sees a big part of the issue as “kids joyriding.” While she would like more

police enforcement, Schrenk recognizes there are “other priorities.”

Schrenk and her husband, Nathan, moved into their home in April 2002. In

March 2003, the couple was awakened in the early hours of a Monday morning

by a young woman at their door who was bleeding from a head wound. Schrenk

said a car that appeared to have tried to jump another car had spun out on her

front lawn, damaging her tree. The young driver was hospitalized overnight.

Schrenk decided to bring the issue

to the attention of the City

Council, telling them that something

had to be done. “Not a whole

lot happened,” she said.

A year later, a neighbor’s dog was

killed by a speeding car. Schrenk

again went to the City Council, and

“not a heck of a lot happened.”

With more neighbors calling the

city on an individual basis to complain

about traffic on McGarvey, all

parties concerned decided it was

time to get organized. When the

neighbors formed the McGarvey

Neighborhood Traffic Committee

(www.mcgarvey-traffic.org), “the

city started to be interested in

working with us,” she recalled.

That collaborative effort has

included an initial workshop in

January with all interested parties,

including the president of Cañada

College, who promised to get the

word out about speeding to his students. Some 53 people were in attendance, with

a wide range of issues on the table. Neighbors’ concerns focused a great deal on

what they saw as a need for more enforcement. Some spoke of construction workers

and delivery drivers speeding on McGarvey, others talked about “sideshow”

activity and others considered McGarvey a “roller-coaster road.” Some neighbors

wanted speed bumps going downhill on McGarvey, which cannot happen due to

liability.

Possible solutions to the issues of speeding and sideshow activity included educational

efforts at Cañada College and Woodside High School. A suggestion to put

“children at play” signs in the street was discounted by residents, who believed

that 15 percent of the drivers exceeding the speed limit would not care. Other

ideas were a barrier at Hetch Hetchy or Farm Hill, illuminated crosswalks and stop

signs at major intersections, selective narrowing of McGarvey, and stop signs at

every other intersection.

Residents were also encouraged to call the City Traffic Hotline at (650) 780-7146

to report areas where traffic enforcement is needed.

A follow-up meeting was held in April, and the city suggested roadway modifications

that will need neighborhood petition support for implementation. Among

the ideas are a four-way stop at McGarvey and Euclid, an all-way stop at

McGarvey and Connecticut, a traffic circle at McGarvey and east Chesterton for

a six-month trial, chokers at McGarvey and west Chesterton for a six-month trial,

chokers at McGarvey and Fernside for a six-month trial, and an all-way stop at

McGarvey and Fernside.

In addition, the neighbors received updated collision histories and speed surveys

from the Police Department. A five-year history of automobile collisions on

McGarvey Avenue supplied by the Police Department showed no fatalities. From

September 2000 to September 2005, a total of 60 collisions were documented,

with 10 shown as minor injury, 33 as non-injury, five as unknown injury, and 12

as hit and run.

And speed survey results for McGarvey Avenue from surveys taken in October

2004, September 2005, November 2005 and January 2006 indicate none of the

drivers reaching what is described by the Police Department as the “critical speed

(85th percentile).”

However, a survey of vehicles traveling over 35 miles per hour, broken down by

hour, revealed there were speed limit violations. The Police Department used this

survey for more targeted enforcement.

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G TRAFFIC ON MCGARVEY AVENUE

The McGarvey Traffic Committee has been busy as well, having acquired a grant

from the city to purchase signs warning drivers of children in the area.

More changes to come include electronic speed monitoring slated for installation

near the Connecticut-McGarvey intersection in the vicinity of the Child

Development Center at Roosevelt School. In addition, pylons have been erected

guarding the Connecticut-McGarvey pedestrian crossing. This pedestrian crossing

is widely used by young children who attend the Child Development Center.

But that’s not all.

Neighbors will be trained by the Police Department to use radar guns to help monitor

speeds on the street.

“We will provide them with training,” said Sgt. Dan Mulholland. “We will loan

them the radar gun for a period of time to monitor their traffic and run their program,

and see if they can get information on cars speeding in the area,” he continued.

The intent is to track vehicle information to be forwarded to the Police

Department. That information will then be used by Malcolm Smith, public communications

manager, to generate a letter to the registered owner of the vehicle

advising them of what the vehicle was observed doing. “It’s a friendly reminder,”

Mulholland said, hoping that people will pay greater attention to how their driving

can affect others.

“It’s a neat idea that came out at one meeting from them (the neighbors),” said

Smith, adding that “it should help unite the neighborhood.” The letter will be

from the McGarvey Neighborhood Traffic Committee and will arrive in a Police

Department envelope. “We want neighbors talking to other neighbors,” Smith

stated.

Mulholland and Smith both explained that the project is still in the developmental

stage, and start or end dates had not yet been set up. Schrenk believed the project

will start “sometime this summer.”

“It’s another step that we can take to get the word out,” Mulholland noted, adding

“I certainly think it will help.”

Mayor Barbara Pierce thinks the idea is “terrific ... a great idea!”

“Traffic is one of those things that is difficult for the city and difficult for neighborhoods,”

Pierce said. “We find people violating speed limits who live in the

neighborhood as well as outside of the neighborhood. This is a terrific partnership.

“Hopefully citizens will be able to deal with each other and change behaviors,” she

added. “We want to work together to get people to drive safely and follow the

laws.”

What happens if the experiment has an unintended consequence, that of shifting

McGarvey traffic to other streets in the area? “I don’t think that will happen,”

Pierce said, not expecting a traffic shift but rather a behavior change.

She had no concern about liability issues and said that from her attendance at various

conferences, she learned that other jurisdictions have conducted similar projects.

And the neighbors are in this new collaboration with the city for the long haul.

When I asked Schrenk, with her little 7½-month-old son, Arthur, and Karen

Smith, with her 20-month-old daughter, Molly (who can’t play on her front lawn

without a parent present to keep an eye on her), why they’re spending so much

time on dealing with neighborhood traffic, each looked lovingly at her child and

said, “It’s really all about the kids.”

So the next time you see a sideshow screamer/NASCAR wannabe flying down

McGarvey, know that Schrenk, Smith, Grialou and others will be waiting, radar

gun in hand. And that sideshow screamer or his/her parents (oh my goodness,

wouldn’t facing your parents in this situation be awful?) will be the recipient of a

“friendly reminder” from the McGarvey Neighborhood Traffic Committee.

Will behaviors change? Only time and the perseverance of the committee will tell.

Author’s note: Also at the workshops, the group learned about a Redwood City resident who

monitored traffic in her neighborhood by sitting on her front porch and holding up her hair

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PAL HONORS ITS SUPPORTERS

On Tuesday, June 13, the Redwood City Police Department held its annual

awards dinner. This dinner honors volunteers, coaches, scholarship winners

and key community members.

Chief’s Award Winners

John Adams immediately took a leadership role in the PAL Community Center

and the financing of the remaining debt on the construction loan.

Marty Cooper is the PAL treasurer and has used his financial skills to take PAL’s

finances into the 21st century. He volunteers more hours on finances than any

other PAL volunteer.

Pete Liebengood is the new boxing coordinator, and under his direction the program

has flourished. He has also undertaken a yearlong process of making a PAL

promotional video.

Captain’s Award

Danford Foundation/Hannig Law Firm — The Danford Foundation has been a

major sponsor of Redwood City PAL since 2003. The initial donation from the

Danford Foundation bought the phone system for the Redwood City PAL

Community Center, and the foundation has continued its support of Redwood

City PAL and its programs ever since.

Officer of the Year

Officer Eric Acha brought the karate program to Redwood City PAL in 1995,

when the PAL program first started. Acha’s dedication to the program is one of the

reasons that it has flourished. The karate program has run year-round, three nights

a week, for 11 years with Acha as a volunteer. He continues to be dedicated to the

karate program, volunteering approximately 20 hours per month.

Volunteer of the Year

Rick Nava was introduced to PAL’s boxing program a little over two years ago by

a volunteer police officer. Along with his mentor, Dan Hance, Rick helped energize

the program following the move to the new Bay Road facility.

PAL Community Partner of the Year

The City of Redwood City, through the support of the City Council, has been a

tremendous community partner to Redwood City PAL since its inception. The

City Council voted unanimously to pay off the loan of $1.5 million and forgive

half of the debt, with a repayment plan developed to ensure no disruption of any

PAL programs and the opportunity to allow PAL to begin to expand programming.

PAL Boy of the Year

In April Gerardo “Junior” Godinez boxed in his third amateur competition and

captured the 11-year-old division in the NorCal Junior Olympics at the Big C

Athletic Center in Concord.

Cristian Heredia has participated in PAL sports for the past two years, playing in

street hockey, basketball and soccer. He has set the standard for what a student

athlete is supposed to represent, thriving not only on the field but in the classroom

as well.

PAL Girl of the Year

Jael Lara has been with the after-school program for four years. During her time

here, she has been a regular participant in the PAL program, participating in both

girls basketball and soccer. Jael has consistently demonstrated a high level of commitment

to both our after-school program and the PAL league.

PAL Schoarship Winners

Allyson Hillerby — $1000 Rotary Scholarship

Angela Nevarez — $1000 Cargill Salt Scholarship

Sarah Frivold — $1000 Alpio Barbara Scholarship

Rachel Nevarez — $1000 Pete & Ginny Hughes Scholarship

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CAÑADA COLLEGE REBUILDS

SUMMER SESSION

Six-week session caters to current high school and returning college students

Three years after eliminating summer session because of state budget cuts,

Cañada College has successfully rebuilt the popular six-week study period by

offering courses to continuing students, university students returning home

for the summer and high school students looking to get a jump on their college

careers.

Summer session at the college begins Monday, June 19. Students can register for

classes through Friday, June 23. The cost is $26 per unit, the same as fall and

spring semesters, and all classes end the last week of July. For information about

classes and registration call (650) 306-3100.

“We’re very pleased that students have responded to the return of summer session,”

said Marilyn McBride, vice president of instruction at the college. “When

we were forced to eliminate the session, we weren’t sure how students would

respond.”

Not only have students returned, but McBride said she expects summer session

enrollment to reach approximately 3,200 — a larger enrollment than the college

had for summer session in the years prior to its elimination in 2003. Biology,

chemistry, physics and other general education classes have already filled. “We’ve

had to add an extra section of physics to keep up with the demand,” McBride said.

“Many of the classes related to the health fields fill fast.”

In 2004, the first year the college reinstated summer session, enrollment topped

2,700. Last year, it jumped to 3,200. Enrollment should stay around 3,200,

McBride said, as the college continues to adjust its class schedule to fit student

needs.

When Cañada rebuilt the summer session class schedule, it focused on the basics.

It includes a heavy dose of general education courses such as English, mathematics,

science and history along with some popular workforce development courses

such as early childhood education and fashion design.

McBride said the summer session helps current Cañada College students continue

with their studies while offering university students returning home for the summer

a chance to take a needed class. “Local high school students like the fact that

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FORMER CHURCH LEADER SENTENCED

A former Redwood City church youth director charged with molesting two teenage boys

nearly a year ago and accused of abusing even more was sentenced to three years in prison.

Christopher Fouts, 27, also received an additional two-year sentence on one count, but it is

to be served concurrent with the three-year term, according to court records clerks. Fouts,

who faced up to three years and eight months, receives 75 days’ credit. He must register as

a sex offender for life and pay restitution to the victims. Fouts pleaded no contest in March

to one count of committing a lewd act on a child under age 14 and one count of committing

a lewd act on a child more than 10 years his junior. In return, prosecutors dropped three

other felony charges of molestation, and Fouts avoided the possibility of a 13-year sentence

if convicted by a jury of the initial charges. According to the prosecution, Fouts met the two

boys, ages 13 and 14, through his role as director of Middle School Ministries at Peninsula

Covenant Church on Farm Hill Boulevard in Redwood City. The incidents occurred between

January and June of 2005, and one victim was reportedly taken to Santa Cruz, where that

molestation occurred. Fouts is also linked to at least two other victims, but they are outside

the jurisdiction of San Mateo County. Fouts admitted to having inappropriate relationships

with at least five victims outside the church premises, police reported.

TEEN HOMICIDE TRIAL

An October trial date was set in San Mateo County Court for the youngest person ever to

be charged as an adult in San Mateo County and his alleged accomplice. Josue Orozco, 15,

and Faustino Ayala, 21, are charged with murder and participating in a criminal street gang

in connection with the death of 21-year-old Francisco Rodriguez in Redwood City on July

12. Ayala is also charged with a parole violation. Both Orozco and Ayala pleaded not guilty

during their Superior Court arraignments, according to the San Mateo County district attorney’s

office. Prosecutors allege that Rodriguez’s killing was gang-related and that he was shot

because of the color of his clothing. One witness to the shooting testified during the defendants’

preliminary hearing that he saw a man, believed to be Orozco, get out of a vehicle

shortly after 2 p.m. on July 12 and reach for something near his waistband. The witness said

he heard a gunshot as he ran around the corner of a building. He said it was at that time that

he saw Rodriguez lying on the ground after being shot. The witness said that he, Rodriguez

and another friend ran in opposite directions when they realized the man had a gun. He said

no words were exchanged between Rodriguez and the shooter. Rodriguez was shot once in

the back of his head near an apartment complex in the 400 block of Redwood Avenue. He

was found lying in the rear carport area of the complex. Orozco and Ayala both remain in

custody on no-bail status. They will return to court on Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. for a pre-trial conference.

Their trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 10 at 8:30 a.m. If Orozco is found guilty

the judge would retain the discretion to sentence him as a juvenile, according to the San

Mateo County district attorney’s office. Three other teenage suspects — including Orozco’s

younger brother — are also charged with homicide and participating in a criminal street gang

in connection with the shooting, according to the district attorney’s office. Those suspects

will be tried as juveniles.

REDWOOD CITY INDECENT EXPOSURE SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY

A convicted child molester re-entered a not-guilty plea in San Mateo County Superior Court

to charges he exposed himself to a Redwood City neighbor in December. Danny Epperson,

51, was charged with felony indecent exposure after he reportedly masturbated near the front

door of his home on Sequoia Avenue on Dec. 10, according to the San Mateo County district

attorney’s office. Today, at his Superior Court arraignment, Epperson pleaded not guilty

to all charges. He is scheduled to stand trial in September, according to San Mateo County

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. According to the prosecution, at about 3

p.m. on Dec. 10, a neighbor witnessed Epperson pacing in front of his open front door. At

the time he was reportedly wearing a T-shirt and backless underwear, San Mateo County

sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Johnson testified during Epperson’s May 18 preliminary hearing. The

neighbor said Epperson started fondling himself, according to Johnson. Epperson reportedly

began to masturbate in his doorway in front of the victim and she, in turn, grabbed a video

camera and secretly recorded him. Upon his arrest, Epperson reportedly denied the incident.

However, when shown the tape, he said his privacy was violated, the district attorney’s office

reported. Epperson was convicted of four counts of child molestation in 1986 and indecent

exposure in 2000, according to the district attorney’s office. Epperson was released from custody

on $250,000 bail. He will appear in court on Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. for his pre-trial conference.

His trial is scheduled for Sept. 5 at 8:30 a.m.

REDWOOD CITY COACH CHARGED

The bail amount for a Woodside High School girls basketball coach accused of child molestation

was raised in San Mateo County Court after he was reportedly spotted masturbating

near a Mountain View apartment complex while out on bail. Guy Hayman, 43, pleaded not

guilty on Jan. 13 to three felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a 14- or 15-year-old

child, and 41 counts of misdemeanor annoyance or molestation of a child, according to San

Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The charges against

Hayman go back as far as Nov. 1, 2003. Hayman allegedly fondled the alleged victim multiple

times. He is also accused of masturbating in front of her, often while she was in the shower,

the district attorney’s office reported. On May 30, Hayman was arrested for masturbating

near a pool at an apartment complex in Mountain View. As a result, prosecutor Greg

Devitt filed a motion to have Hayman’s bail amount increased. San Mateo County Superior

Court Judge James Ellis granted the motion and increased Hayman’s bail amount to

$500,000, Devitt said. According to Wagstaffe, Hayman’s alleged crimes do not involve any

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of the girls on the varsity basketball team he coached at Woodside High School. In June

1991, Hayman pleaded no contest to one count of peeping, according to the district attorney’s

office. He was placed on supervised probation for 18 months following that incident.

Hayman will appear in court for a pre-trial conference at 1 p.m. July 18. His trial is set to

begin on Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m.

REDWOOD CITY BAR SHOOTER DELAYS ENTERING PLEA

One of two men charged with murder in connection with a triple-fatal shooting at a

Redwood City bar on April 15 delayed entering a plea until July in San Mateo County

Superior Court. Rolando Fernandez, a 26-year-old San Jose resident, is charged with three

counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and the special circumstance that he

committed multiple murders during the shooting at the Headquarters Bar at 895 Second

Ave. He is eligible for either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of

parole, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. The shooting

resulted in the injury of three men and the deaths of East Palo Alto resident

Hemerenciano Mendoza, 38, and Redwood City residents Humberto Calderon Jr., 18, and

Jesus Hernandez, 28. A second suspect, 18-year-old Domingo Samuel Naranjo, is charged

with one count of murder in connection with the shooting. He was scheduled to appear in

court for further arraignment on June 20 at 1:30 p.m. Fernandez, who remains in custody

on no-bail status, will appear in court on July 28 at 1:30 p.m. to enter a plea.

REDWOOD CITY GYM ACCUSED OF VIOLATING HEALTH CODES

A lack of hot water has gotten a Redwood City health club in hot water, after it was found

to be in violation of several health and building codes. A series of inspections at the

Redwood City Athletic Club, located at 515 Veterans Blvd., have revealed that management

at the facility has violated numerous health codes over the last year, according to Dean

Peterson, director of the San Mateo County Office of Environmental Health Services.

According to Peterson, management at the club “has not been very attentive to things,”

maintaining only minimal compliance with Environmental Health Department standards.

“This particular facility, probably the ongoing issue we’ve had is the lack of hot water at certain

times,” Peterson said. According to Peterson, when a facility like the club does not have

hot water access in its showers, the facility must close its pool. He said rather that fix the

boiler so that the pool may remain open, management at the club oftentimes shuts the pool

down.

According to 30-year club member Daniel Petelin, the lack of hot water at the club is just

the tip of the iceberg. Petelin said the ceiling over the men’s sauna at the club has collapsed.

He said urine leaks from the men’s urinal in the locker room, some weights on exercise

machines are held together by duct tape and carpeting is torn in the men’s and women’s

areas of the club. “We don’t want the gym closed down. We want it fixed,” Petelin said. “It’s

an older facility, but like anything it just needs to be taken care of.” According to an

Environmental Health Department report, beginning in January 2005 a series of investigations

revealed dozens of violations that the club was made to fix. Violations included dirt

and debris at the bottom of the gym pool, excessive mildew and mold on grout and tile in

the locker rooms, mislabeled shower knobs and low pool-water clarity. “We’re really frustrated

that nothing has been done” about these violations, Petelin said. “It’s not too much

to ask for when you’re paying dues.” According to San Mateo County Deputy District

Attorney John Wilson, the district attorney’s office has received some preliminary information

regarding the gym. He said the matter is being reviewed but that no formal investigation

into the violations has been launched.

REDWOOD CITY GAS STATION ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

A Redwood City gas station clerk was subjected to an armed robbery, and investigators are

still trying to track down the suspects, Redwood City police reported. Two men armed with

a rifle and a two-inch dagger robbed the Union 76 gas station at 234 El Camino Real at

11:12 p.m. after first threatening the female clerk, according to police. The first man

demanded money from the register while the second man stood in front of him at the counter,

according to police. The pair then took off with the money westbound on Edgewood

Road. A police and police dog search of the area was unable to find the men. Both suspects

are white and between 18 and 20 years old. The first man is 5 feet 9 inches tall, was wearing

a black hooded sweatshirt with a bandana covering his face and was carrying a rifle,

police reported. The second man is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds, was wearing a

black baseball cap, black shirt and blue jeans and was armed with a dagger. Anyone with further

information is asked to contact Redwood City police at (650) 780-7100.

FIRE AT REDWOOD CITY HOME CAUSES $60,000 IN DAMAGE

A one-alarm fire at a Redwood City home caused an estimated $60,000 worth of damage,

the Redwood City Fire Department reported. The fire broke out at a single-family home

located at 629 Stanford Ave. near Halsey Avenue. Firefighters arrived soon thereafter to find

a well-involved fire in a garage and shed, the Fire Department reported. The fire was brought

under control. The family was home at the time of the fire. They were made aware of the

blaze by an alert neighbor. There were no smoke detectors in the house, the Fire Department

reported. The house sustained $50,000 worth of structural damage and $10,000 worth of

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Nonprofits in Action

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

In April the Peninsula Hills Women’s Club sponsored a student from Serra High

School, Beau Ramsey, to the Northern California Youth Leadership Conference at

San Jose State University.

The club initiated five new members at its May 17 General Meeting.

The club meets every Tuesday at the Waterfront Restaurant. For more information

or to join, call Lorianna Kastrop at (650) 299-0303.

Family Service Agency of San Mateo County

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

Agency of San Mateo County provides employers with mature, ready-to-work,

experienced workers who are 55 years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic and the commitment to quality

that mature workers possess. There are no fees for hiring candidates. Contact

Barbara Clipper at (650) 403-4300, extension 4368, to place your job order.

For those who are at least 55 years old and looking for work, Family Service

Agency provides a range of services, including referrals for classroom training,

vocational counseling, job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified participants.

Contact Connie Tilles at (650) 403-4300, extension 4371, if you are looking

for work.

(left to right) Jacquie Fetherolf, Judy Yoakum, Teresa Garcia, Nancy

Radcliffe, Cheryl Marelich, Carolyn McCammon and Margaret Cassetta

The club will hold the installation of officers at the Waterfront Restaurant in

Redwood City. Officers to be installed are President Kit Fragulia, First Vice

President Margaret Cassetta, Second Vice President and Membership Chairman

Jacquie Fetherolf, Recording Secretary Barbara Tyson, Corresponding Secretary

Ella Morris, Bulletin Secretary Judy Archibald, Treasurer Fran Mylod and Auditor

Fran Ferrando.

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the

Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave. For more information, call

(650) 366-6371.

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

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

in our community and share a common goal of making our city a better place to

live. This club is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations. Chartered in

1966, this club has been vigorously active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our

schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.

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

Coffee Shop, 2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill Gibbons at (650)

766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Rotary

This group celebrated its 60th birthday this year and continues to serve the community

and foster international goodwill by raising funds for 12 local charities

through its July 4 car raffle; giving college scholarships; and donating medical,

housing and sanitation supplies to alleviate human suffering in Africa, Sri Lanka,

the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. Redwood City Rotary meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays

at the Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway. For more information or to join, call

President John Lowe at (650) 367-9387.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Please join them at their clubhouse and get acquainted. Regular meetings are the

first Thursday of each month at 149 Clinton St. Social at 11:30, lunch at noon

($10), general meeting at 12:30. For more information call (650) 787-4000.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in April 1998. In the eight years

since that time, the club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. at Pete’s Harbor for breakfast,

which features various speakers on a wide range of subjects.

It has been named the “best small club” in Rotary District 5150, which comprises

Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. One of the club’s fund-raising

activities is its beverage booth at the annual Vertical Challenge air show at Hiller

Aviation Museum in San Carlos. Funds raised this past year by the 20-member

club provided nearly $46,000 in contributions for community, youth, international

and vocational projects.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop communication and leadership skills.

The club meets 12:30–1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Council Chambers at City

Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. Call Manny Rosas at (650) 780-7468 if you would

like to check out a meeting or just stop in. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more

information about the Toastmasters public speaking program.

Optimist Club of Redwood City

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

the largest service organizations in the world, where “Bringing Out the Best in

Kids” has been their mission for over 80 years! Whether you’re a club officer or a

club member who enjoys the fellowship and friendship of others with a common

greater good, Optimist International needs and wants you as a member.

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

Court House Coffee Shop at Middlefield and Broadway. For more information

please call the president, Steve, at (650) 365-8089 or the secretary, Ted Cole, at

(650) 366-1392. Or come join them for lunch to learn more about how you can

make a difference.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world

one child and one community at a time.”

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club and its precedents

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

they have provided funds to help many worthy community programs and continue

to add more community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia High School, sponsored

by the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, was chartered in 1994 and has

been involved in raising money and donating time and effort to many of our programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets 7:15–8:30 a.m. every Thursday

morning at the Waterfront Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at Pete’s Harbor). They

invite you to come to their meetings and check out the club’s Web site: www.agencyinfo.org/kiwanis.

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula (formerly SHHH)

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

people, relatives and friends. It is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well but are

committed to participating in the hearing world.

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

Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational speakers and

refreshments are provided. A demonstration of assistive devices is held on the first

Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room at the

Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Please call Marj at (650)

593-6760 with any questions.

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

printed in The Spectrum, send it to writers@spectrummagazine.net or The Spectrum

Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our community know your contributions

and maybe they will want to join you.

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Redwood City Firefighters

Association Hosts Annual

Fourth of July Pancake

Breakfast Fund-raiser

What kind of meal uses 250 pounds of pancake mix, 25 gallons of maple syrup,

1,500 pats of butter, 2,500 sausages, 50 gallons of coffee, 30 gallons of orange

juice and two gallons of cream? Only one meal comes to mind, and that’s the

annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Redwood City

Firefighters Association.

Once a year, on the Fourth of July, the Firefighters Association puts on this monumental

breakfast event, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Redwood City’s main fire station

at 755 Marshall St. The cost is only $5 for adults and $3 for kids under the

age of 12. It’s the best breakfast deal in town, on the Fourth of July or anytime!

Last year, nearly 1,000 people enjoyed being served a great breakfast by Redwood

City’s firefighters and helped to raise funds. The association, made up of members

of the Redwood City Fire Department, has helped several organizations throughout

the year. Last year the association donated funds to the B.O.K. Ranch, which

assists with mentally disabled adults. The association also assisted with literacy

programs, the Red Cross and the Burn Foundation. This is the association’s only

fund-raiser of the year.

31st Annual Fourth of July Fun

Run 5K+ Race

Get your running shoes out for the 31st annual Parade Fun Run. This unique race

circles around the parade route with 35,000 spectators cheering on the runners.

Awards will be given to the 1st- and 2nd-place finishers from each division (male

and female).

A commemorative T-shirt will be given to the first 300 registered runners. Pre-registration

is strongly recommended! T-shirts cannot be guaranteed for participants

who sign up on race day.

Pre-registration is $20 adults, $15 children (12 and under). Race day registration

is $25 adults, $20 children.

Call (650) 780-7250 for more information.

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The Peninsula Celebration Association presents the 67th annual Independence

Day Parade on Tuesday, July 4, starting at 10 a.m. This event, which is the largest

Independence Day parade in northern California, brings entries from across the

state to compete for awards and cash prizes. The parade will start at Brewster and

Winslow.

Festival

The Peninsula Celebration Association presents the 19th annual Independence

Day Downtown Festival. This event is the complement to the 67th annual

Independence Day Parade.

Now Open in Downtown Redwood City

All Wines Highly Rated: 90 Points or Higher

Wine Value-Priced at $9 to $39 per Bottle

Arts & Crafts Booths

A great variety of items, all hand-crafted by talented artists, will be available for

purchase. Items include paintings, fine jewelry, pottery, clothing, flower arrangements,

woodcrafts, sculpture, toys and more! Presented by California Artists.

Fireworks Spectacular

The City of Redwood City and the Peninsula Celebration Association are proud to

announce that the on-going tradition of fireworks in Redwood City will continue.

The PCA annual Independence Day fireworks show will be shot above the Port of

Redwood City

This FREE fireworks display will take place at approximately 9:30 on the evening

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Unsettled Times Still Offer Opportunities for Investors

By David Amann

Special to The Spectrum

If you remember 1973, you know it was a difficult period for the United

States. A series of events — including the Watergate scandal, the OPEC oil

embargo, the Vietnam War and the resignation of Vice President Spiro

Agnew — had shaken the public’s morale. By November, President Richard

Nixon’s approval rating stood at 37 percent, and presidential approval ratings

tend to track the mood of the nation. Given all this, you might think that

1973 was not a good year in which to invest in the stock market. But you’d

be wrong. From Nov. 30, 1973, to Nov. 30, 1983, the S&P 500 recorded an

average annual return of 10.9 percent. So if you had invested $10,000 in the

market at the beginning of that period, it would have grown to $28,139 by the

end. And over the next 20 years, from Nov. 30, 1983, to Nov. 30, 2003, the

S&P 500 returned, on average, 12.8 percent a year. Consequently, $10,000

invested in 1983 would have grown to $111,219 in 20 years. (Keep in mind,

however, that the S&P 500 is an unmanaged index, and you cannot invest

directly into it. Also, past performance is not an indication of future results.)

In short, if you had started investing in the troubled year of 1973, and you

had kept investing, you would have probably done pretty well over the next

three decades. Now, let’s look at what’s happening in the country in 2006. We

are facing global unrest, high gas prices and concerns about economic security.

Although there are some similarities between 1973 and 2006 — a controversial

war, high gas prices, political concerns — there are also some key differences.

Perhaps most important, our economy today is much stronger than

it was back then. And, as an investor, you might be particularly interested in

the following:

Interest rates are near a 40-year low. When interest rates are low, it is less

expensive for businesses to borrow money to expand their operations. And as

businesses grow, so does their attractiveness to investors.

Corporate profits are growing rapidly. Corporate profits have expanded at

double-digit rates for 10 consecutive quarters; profitability is one of the key

fundamentals that drive a company’s stock price. So, despite the worried

national mood, the investment climate of 2006 may actually be quite promising.

Don’t stop investing

It’s true that 2006 may be an unusually tense year for the country. But as

we’ve seen, 1973 was also a difficult year — in fact, by some measures, considerably

more unsettling than 2006 — and yet many investors who had faith

in the financial markets in 1973 were amply rewarded. Of course, you might

not achieve similar returns going forward over the next few decades — no one

can predict the future course of the markets. But the experience of 1973 shows

the historical importance of continuous investing. A systematic investment

plan does not assure a profit and does not protect against loss in declining

markets. Such a plan involves continuous investment in securities regardless

of fluctuating price levels of such securities. The investor should consider the

financial ability to continue the purchases through periods of low price levels.

So, don’t let today’s headlines keep you on the investment “sidelines.” If you

buy quality investments, diversify your portfolio and invest for the long term,

you may be able to design a strategy to work toward your financial goals — in

good times and bad.

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

to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding investments please send them

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

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Activities for July

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., is providing the following

activities for the month of July. All activities are open to the public. For

more information call the Senior Center at (650) 780-7264.

Wednesday, July 5, 10:30 a.m., Goldstar Room. Active for Life Program. Active for

Life of San Mateo County is a free program coordinated by the Health Education

Unit of the San Mateo County Health Department. It encourages adults age 50

and over to plan and maintain their own exercise goals and activities. This program

is for those who are not doing regular physical activity at a moderate intensity

(physically active two or less days a week and less than 120 minutes per week).

Learn fun, safe and affordable ways to be active. Phone support is offered for six

months, and special newsletters, a pedometer, health programs and social events

will help you reach your activity goals. Phone (650) 573-2003 for more information,

or call the Senior Center at (650) 780-7274.

Thursday, July 13, 1 p.m., Casa de Redwood, 1280 Veterans Blvd. Senior Affairs

Commission Meeting. The general objectives of the Senior Affairs Commission are

to encourage, foster, facilitate, establish and maintain programs for the enhancement

of all matters relating to the social, economic and personal well-being of the

city’s senior population. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (by appointment), Goldstar Room.

Homeowners and Renters Tax Assistance Program. This program allows a once-ayear

payment from the State of California to qualified individuals based on the

property taxes they pay on their homes. It also offers payments to renters based

on property taxes they pay indirectly through their rent. To qualify, you must be

62 years of age and have a total household income of $40,811 or less. If you are

under 62 and are blind or disabled, you also qualify. Call the Senior Services Office

at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, (650) 780-7274, to schedule a 15-minute

appointment to have the form filled out and submitted to the state.

Thursday, July 20, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Senior Center.

Creative Aging Through Expressive Arts Conference. Join us for a day full of arts

in bloom: dance, pottery, water coloring, poetry, soul collage, nature, drumming,

autobiography, drama, music and creative spirit. This program is sponsored by

Center for Aging and Spirituality, Senior New Ways, and Redwood City Parks,

Recreation and Community Services. Cost is $30 for seniors and $45 for regular

admission. CEUs (class credit) are available for $10. Lunch is also available for

$10. Checks can be made payable to Sunny View Center and mailed to Center for

Aging and Spirituality, 22445 Cupertino Road, Cupertino, CA 95014.

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PORT MARITIME DAY A BIG SUCCESS

Four to five hundred people visited

the Port and the San Mateo

County History Museum on May

13&14. The main attraction at

the Port was the historic scow

schooner, the Alma, historic

Virginia City rail car tours, The

Starboard Watch Sea Shanty

singing group, information

booths about the Port and its history,

Port businesses, and the Sea

Scouts and Mariner Scouts, who

are home based at the Port of

Redwood City.

It was a beautiful weekend and it

gave many of our residents an opportunity to visit the Port area. Event sponsors

included: Seaport Industrial

Association, Lyngso Garden

Materials, Basic Chemical

Solutions, Cargill, Sims Metal

America, Bell Marine, CEMEX

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Harbor Sand & Gravel) and the

Rotary Club of Redwood City.

Maritime weekend was held in

conjunction with the San Mateo

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While we are at it, look for City Manager Ed Everett to submit his resignation

well before the end of next year. It will also be interesting to see whom Everett

picks to replace Bolanos, considering Everett does not have the best relationship

with the Police Officers Association.

* * * *

Alpio Barbara has reported that the Police Athletic League’s Poker Motorcycle

Run raised over $9,800 for the youths in our community. Way to go!

* * * *

If you have not noticed, The Spectrum’s contributing writer Valerie Harris has

been on a break and tending to the legal affairs of convicted murderer Susan Polk.

If you are not familiar with the case, Polk faces the prospect of spending the rest

of her life behind bars after jurors convicted her of second-degree murder for the

stabbing death of her husband, psychotherapist Felix Polk. After the verdict was

read, Polk told Harris her “life is over.” Maybe she should have thought about that

as she was stabbing her husband 20 times and putting her sons through so much

tragedy and humiliation with her ridiculous antics at her trial. Welcome back,

Valerie!

* * * *

Our Miss Redwood City, Bridget Chen, was given a send-off party as she left to

compete in the Miss California competition. In attendance were Mayor Barbara

Pierce; Vice Mayor Rosanne Foust; councilmen Ian Bain and Jim Hartnett; pageant

director G.H. Armour; Miss San Jose, Briana Swann; Miss California 1998,

Danielle Coney; and Miss Redwood City 2003, Maurissa Koide. Good luck,

Bridget, bring back that diamond tiara to Redwood City! We have not seen it for

a few years.

* * * *

Here we go again. The new business owners of the old Mulligan’s Pub and Grill

site on Broadway have applied for a special use permit. The permit would allow

the following conditional uses in conjunction with a new restaurant (to be named

Destinations): a full bar with dancing, live entertainment and a banquet room. In

theory it all sounds great, a new business opening to attract new visitors

Downtown and increase our sales tax base. However, if the permit is granted, in

similar situations the city has been notorious for not checking up on such businesses

and there have been several reports of drunkenness in public, underage

drinking, live music when not scheduled and so on (remember Spanky’s?). I am

not saying that these types of activities would occur at the new place, but what or

who is going to monitor the activity to make sure it does not?

* * * *

I don’t know about you, but I am just a little annoyed at Caltrain and the monitoring

of the parking lot on Perry Street. Seems they have been issuing tickets to

those who park in their lot and do business with one of the many restaurants or

retail shops on Broadway. Fliers passed out to “parkers” informed them that the

lot is “reserved for Caltrain passengers.” Parkers who do not ride Caltrain are “subject

to a parking citation and fine.” With all the preparation and “collaboration”

going on to accommodate new visitors Downtown once the cinema is opened,

shouldn’t someone from the city have teamed up with Caltrain and collaborated

with them to allow parkers to park there since the other city lots are/will be full?

This is a great opportunity for our community to pick up some much-needed parking.

It is not that far of a walk to the cinema and other businesses and I am sure

that Caltrain could use the revenues created by a full lot instead of the sparse parking

we see now. Anyone listening?

* * * *

San Mateo Credit Union held the grand opening of their new location on Jefferson

Avenue, near the parking garage at the new Downtown cinema project. They are

the second business to open, with several more planned within the next two

months. There are still a few retail/restaurant spaces available for lease, so it does

not look like all will be filled by the official opening of the cinema itself.

* * * *

Speaking of which, with all the inaccurate rumors spreading around our community

about the actual opening date of the Century Theatres, I thought I would get

to the bottom of what is fact and fiction. According to developers, the Century

Theatres organization will open the theaters on Monday, July 17 — which will be

for employees and managers only. They will walk through the facility to get

acquainted with the building, make sure the popcorn is popping, projectors working,

etc. Then on Thursday, July 20 — which happens to be my birthday — the

theaters will be open to the public and we will all be able to purchase a ticket, get

our popcorn, Hot Tamales and diet soda and watch a movie in our new state-ofthe-art

theaters. How much better can life be?

* * * *

Seems like the Peninsula Celebration Association — PCA — which has some of

the hardest working volunteers in town — has been catching some flak of late.

First they canceled the annual Fourth of July fireworks display because they cannot

pay for the overtime needed from the Police Department in the port area.

When all seemed hopeless, Paul Sanfilipo stepped in and, as he always seems to

do, got together a group of community-minded people, identified the problems

and solved them. He did so because in his eyes the event is a “tradition that we

cannot lose.” So there will now be fireworks for our community to enjoy. Thanks,

Paul!

Then the PCA goes and denies the longtime youth group the Redwood City

Twirlers the opportunity to march in the parade because they create too many gaps

and cause some parade watchers to think it is over. The latter has caused media to

swarm to Mezes Park where the girls have practiced for the past 18 years. The

brouhaha is all kind of silly if you ask me. Who cares if the group causes a delay

when performing for the hundreds of thousands at the parade? I for one enjoy all

the performances and I am there for the long

haul to watch the entire parade — gaps and

all. If people think it is over because of a

minute or even two-minute delay, then the

parade announcers should inform them it is

not and fill the time with announcements or

patriotic music. This type of silliness should

stop. Let the girls perform in front of their

family and friends!

Unfortunately, the group and the PCA could

not come to any kind of solution, so the

Twirlers have accepted an offer from the

Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce to

appear in their parade and have even tried to

find a way to provide transportation for the

girls and their families if needed.

* * * *

Talk about rolling out the red, white and

blue carpet!

As I was saying ...

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Krause, Jim Messina, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and George Winston.

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m. Free admission!

Join Kenny “Blue” Ray for an evening of quality blues music from the area’s best

musicians, where audience blues musicians are invited to jam on stage. The music

is real, the mood collegial and the doors open to the community to enjoy this

uniquely American music. The Jam meets on the second and fourth Wednesday

each month from 7 to 11 p.m. Bring your friends!

Peter Rowan: The Singer and the Songs

Thursday, July 13, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20 door

With his distinctive voice, fine rhythm guitar work and deft songwriting, Peter

Rowan has helped fuel the acoustic music revival for nearly 40 years. He toured

the country as rhythm guitarist and lead singer with Bill Monroe and the Blue

Grass Boys, and subsequently played in groups such as Earth Opera, Seatrain,

Muleskinner, the Rowan Brothers (with siblings Chris and Lorin), Mexican

Airforce (featuring Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez) and Old & in the Way.

San Francisco Summer of Love Revue: Tribute Performances of The

Who, Hendrix, Steppenwolf, The Doors, Janis Joplin and The

Mamas and Papas

Friday, July 14, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

The San Francisco Summer of Love Revue lets you relive a dance concert of the

late ’60s and features live replica performances of a number of psychedelic bands

that might have taken the stage at either the Avalon Ballroom or the Fillmore

Auditorium. Talented musicians and actors enact the most popular songs from

these legends and recreate their colorful attire in full costume, famous vocal

melodies and soaring guitar licks in a full stage production guided by the director’s

own musical experiences.

soulful black heritage. Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting

ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with.

Fiddling Cricket Concerts Welcomes John Cowan Band

Sunday, July 23, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20 door

John Cowan gained fame as the lead singer of New Grass Revival along with Bela

Fleck, Sam Bush and Pat Flynn. While the New Grass Revival is long gone, the legendary

individual members continue their careers. The John Cowan band signals

John’s return to the style of New Grass Revival. Possessing arguably one of the

most powerful and emotive tenor voices in today’s music, John is well known

among Strawberry Music Festival fans for his bluegrass and Americana musical

styles.

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, July 26, 7 p.m.

See July 12 listing.

CAN YOU HELP ON THE 4 TH OF JULY?

Come find out how you can help at the PCA’s volunteer meeting

Thursday, June 29th 2006 at 7:00 pm

at 463 Brewster Avenue #4

Please consider helping for a few hours on the 4th of July, or even a few days before.

We have jobs that will fit all participation levels

For information, contact us at: volunteer@parade.org

Just tell us when you are available!

Volunteers receive: Volunteer shirt and lunch ticket to use for great food at the festival.

Sista Monica plus The Sheiks of R&B

Saturday, July 15, 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18 door

Sista Monica Parker — singer/songwriter, record producer and dynamic performer

— is one of the most sought-after and admired woman blues, soul and gospel

singers on the international music scene today. On December 16, 2005, she was

nominated for a W.C. Handy Blues Award in the category of “best soul blues

female artist of the year” by The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tenn. This award

is the Grammy of the blues. Sista Monica has received rave 5-star reviews.

Tommy Emmanuel plus Tracy Rice

Tuesday, July 18, 8 p.m. $20 adv./$22 door

Australian Tommy Emmanuel is the guitar player’s guitar player. His technique

and joy-filled performances will endear anyone to this phenomenal guitarist.

Tommy Emmanuel is a household name in his native homeland of Australia. His

music and his life have become part of Australian legend. Through hard work and

endless tours, he has earned a success unequaled by any instrumental artist ever

in Australia. He has four platinum and three gold albums and many awards.

John Renbourn

Thursday, July 20, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20 door

Famed British Isles acoustic guitar master and one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle

guitarists John Renbourn’s unique sound is a fusion of British and Celtic folk

music with jazz, country, blues, ragtime, classical, Middle Eastern and pre-

Renaissance music — a style often called “folk-baroque.” A John Renbourn concert

takes the listener into a rich musical landscape of warm vocals and witty asides

about the history of the songs. At the core is a revolutionary guitar style.

Voices of Latin Rock Presents Mestizo plus Crossfire

Friday, July 21, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Mestizo was formed as a labor of love to bring back the Latin rock sound and feel

of San Francisco in the ’70s. If you were in junior high school or high school at the

time, you can’t help but remember listening to these tunes at house parties, on the

streets or at local dances. After more than a 20-year hiatus, “that sound” is back!

Using original and new members, Mestizo is bringing back the live classic Latin

rock sound, featuring a 13-piece band (orchestra?).

Chris Cain Band plus Adam Traum

Saturday, July 22, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Chris Cain’s jazz-tinged, blues-soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the

maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style

is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His

passion and intensity are a blend of his mother’s Greek ancestry and his father’s

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A Minute With ...

Carlos Bolanos

Bolanos was born in San Francisco and moved to Redwood City when he became

chief of police in 1994. He and his wife of 26 years, Kim, have three children:

Christina, Ashley and Michael. Bolanos recently submitted his resignation from

the City of Redwood City effective Jan. 5, 2007. He will then take over as San

Mateo county undersheriff when the current holder of that title, Greg Munks, fills

Don Horsley’s position as sheriff on Jan. 8, 2007.

So, how are you, Mr. San-Mateo-County-

Undersheriff?

Doing very well, looking forward to new

challenges, but feeling sadness about leaving

Redwood City Police. But I will continue to

be a part of this community.

Why?

It will be a challenge, working for a larger

organization with a larger geographic area. It

will be different from working in municipal

departments as I have in the past.

What do you have left to do as Redwood

City chief of police?

Make sure that my department is organized

and left in as good a shape as possible for

my replacement.

If you could, whom would you choose as

your replacement?

That is not my job. I will provide our city

manager with requested information to make

his decision.

Will Redwood City be safe and sane this

Fourth of July?

Of course. This is an opportunity for the

Police Department to showcase ourselves to

our community and the thousands of visitors

that will be here. In the 12 years I have been

chief there have been no notable occurrences,

and my last as chief will be the same

as well.

Favorite television show?

Almost any sports show — tennis especially.

Tom Jones or Elvis Presley?

Neither.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being content with who or what you are —

whatever that may be.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire my father, who passed away last

year.

Which living person do you most

despise?

I don’t despise anyone.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Community heroes. Those who put community

and others ahead of themselves and personal

needs.

What is your most treasured possession?

Health.

What talent would you most like to have?

To be a better tennis player.

Something no one knows about you?

I am a shy person.

Five years from now you will be?

52 years old.

If you were to die and come back as a

person or thing, what do you think it

would be?

Can’t think of anything.

What do you consider your greatest

achievement?

I am the proudest of my opportunity to be

police chief of this great community.

Working with the group of individuals I have

and providing service to Redwood City.

What or who is the love of your life?

My family.

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