Also in this issue: - The Spectrum Magazine

Also in this issue: - The Spectrum Magazine

Also in this issue:

Can rivals become respectable

work mates?

Election time and a new fire chief?

In “As I Was Saying…”

Ed Everett

Dancing through life

and out of City Hall

Will Redwood City become a

“sanctuary city”?

Redwood City Industrial Saltworks

At its peak more than 350,000 tons of salt were

harvested at the Industrial Saltworks site.

Community Input Pours into Saltworks Team

Have you had an opportunity to express your thoughts and suggestions

for future uses for the two-square mile Redwood City Industrial

Saltworks site?

Redwood City residents offer thoughts to the

Saltworks team at a recent open house.

Nearly 6,000 Redwood City residents so far have offered their thoughts

about future plans for the site. We’d love to hear from you too!

After 100 years, industrial salt harvesting operations will soon wind

down at the two-square mile Industrial Saltworks site. We are seeking

input from the community about future uses for this large industrial site.


P.O. Box 5036 · 1700 Seaport Blvd, Suite 200

Redwood City, CA 94063

Phone: 650.366.0500 | |

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Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

DJ Design, Dale McKee

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

Cañada College, Destination for Actors – 5

Redwood City PAL Receives $500,00 Grant – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

‘Top Model’ Hopefuls Line Up – 7

Thousands Take Part in Bicycle Tour – 7

Rivals Become Friends – 8

Community Interest – 11

As summer activities wind down and many in our community return to their regular lives as the kids go

back to school, we welcome you to The Spectrum’s August issue.

In our cover story, Valerie Harris profiles City Manager Ed Everett. Everett is retiring after serving our

community for 15 years. During that time he has been instrumental in guiding a great deal of change in

Redwood City. What will the future hold for him as he leaves? Does he have any regrets? You are about

to find out.

The November City Council race is just one of the topics Publisher Steve Penna will touch upon in his

column, “As I Was Saying….” Are you ready to be enlightened?

Many people have rivals as they are growing up. But how many of us end up working with and actually

respecting ours? Contributing writer Dale McKee has the story of two Redwood City police officers who

have done just that.

Contributing writer Judy Buchan writes about the touchy issue of making Redwood City into a

“sanctuary city.” The issue is destined to become a major one in this November’s election, and some of

the comments by current council members might surprise you.

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

and the story of why many saw a group of “Red Hats” in the downtown area recently.

We encourage you to support community news by filling out our subscription form on page 13 so The

Spectrum will reach you directly every month. We also would like to thank our loyal advertisers for

supporting community news, and we encourage you to support them by patronizing their businesses

when you can.

If you have a story idea, please contact us at 650-368-2434 or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862,

Redwood City, CA 94064. You can also send comments and view copies of past issues by visiting our

Web site at

Until next month, thanks for reading The Spectrum, and we hope you continue to enjoy summer in the

city — Redwood City style!

Ed Everett on the Move – 16

Nonprofits in Action – 19

News Briefs – 20

Finance – 22

Sanctuary City Debate – 24

Bikers, Skaters Work Out Park Problems – 25

Red Hat Society – 26

Bodybuilder Files $5 Million Claim – 26

Shop Redwood City – 27

Cultural Events – 28

A Minute With Patricia Howe – 30

Canada Soccer in the Hunt – 30


Inside The Spectrum : Our Cover Photo Shoot

Publisher Steve Penna called our cover subject, Redwood City City Manager Ed Everett, and set up the

interview and photo shoot for Monday, Aug. 13, at 9 a.m. in Everett’s office at City Hall.

Our special correspondent writer Valerie Harris showed up first, to interview Everett until the photo

shoot was to begin. Cover Story Photographer James Kaspar arrived shortly after 10 a.m., followed

by Penna. As the interview continued, Kaspar took several photos while Penna chimed in on the

interview and took cell phone calls.

Everett’s office, at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Middlefield Road, is spacious and sunlit. It is

decorated with family photographs and keepsakes, lending a very personal touch. The four all seemed

connected in some way.

Everett and Penna, of course, have crossed paths many times over the years and throughout the

shoot displayed a true liking for one another, smiling and even sharing a hug. In fact, the entire shoot

was very lighthearted and full of laughter. Kaspar had worked with Everett’s partner, Mary Welch at

the county offices before they both retired, so that was one topic of discussion.

After about 30 minutes, the group left City Hall and headed toward the Arthur Murray Dance Studio

on Broadway, where Everett and Welch have been taking dance lessons — thus our “dancing out of

City Hall” theme. The group was greeted by studio owner Alice Louise and her assistant, Regina Van

Brunt, and the dancing began.

It was a complete pleasure watching Everett and Louise dance for our cameras, and it led to

reflection on his many accomplishments over the years and how comfortable he feels with himself.

The entire shoot lasted about an hour and a half, and everyone exchanged pleasantries as they left to

continue their busy days.

Everett, like all CEOs, is both liked and disliked for his decisions and views of what our community

should look like and how it should function. During his watch, we have seen downtown revitalization,

new facilities in Redwood Shores, City Center Plaza, various housing projects and, maybe best of all,

balanced budgets.

We salute Everett for his dedication to Redwood City, watching it continue to blossom into not only

the Peninsula’s county seat but also one hell of a great community. Good luck, Ed. You will be missed!

Cañada College Continues on Course to Become a Destination for Actors, Theater Technicians


atie Townsend-Merino, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Cañada College, has put the pieces in

place to make the college’s Theater Arts Department a destination for actors and theater technicians.

This summer, Townsend-Merino hired veteran theater arts professor Anna Budd to lead the department

and worked internally to have Mike Walsh return to the Theater Arts Department as events coordinator.

Walsh had been working in the college’s Learning Center.

Budd arrives at the college from the College of the Siskiyous in Shasta, where she had been teaching

drama. She is an accomplished playwright and performer; she also has expertise in choreographed stage

combat and plans to introduce it into future productions.

There’s no reason Cañada College can’t have one of the premier Theater Arts Departments in the Bay

Area,” she said. “We have a state-of-the-art theater, support of the college, and Mike Walsh’s technical


Walsh, a veteran of Bay Area theater, started teaching drama at the college in 1978. He will provide support

by producing scenery and lighting and in the spring he will teach a course focused on the behind-thescenes

technical aspects that are an essential element of any top-notch theater production.

“I’m very excited about my role,” Walsh said. “Our goal is to make the Theater Arts Department a destination

program for students.”

Townsend-Merino said the vision goes well beyond producing plays with community college actors. This

summer, the college offered a four-day acting intensive program in association with TheaterWorks that

quickly filled with students.

“We want to offer young actors exposure to established, semi-professional actors who can explain acting

techniques, the technical aspects, and the business side of theater,” Townsend-Merino said.

Cañada College President Tom Mohr said the program is important not only for the college but also the

San Mateo County Community College District. “It’s the only community college acting program in the

county. Katie has developed a blueprint for moving the program forward and I can see the pieces coming


Supporters of the Cañada College Theater Arts Department are organizing a fundraiser to be held

Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Redwood City Women’s Club, 149 Clinton Street. Tickets

are $20 and include wine, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment by the theater arts students. The event is being

sponsored by Steve Penna and Spectrum Magazine and Capital Mortgage Lending.

“I am very excited about the direction of the program,” said Lourdes Carini, a Redwood City businesswoman

who has supported the program in the past by organizing the annual fundraiser. Katie and Tom have

shown a commitment to the program and I think the pieces they’ve put in place this summer will truly make

the college a destination for young actors.”

For ticket information call Lourdes Carini at 650-362-2700.

Redwood City Police Activities League

Receives $500,000 Grant


he Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL) is thrilled to announce that it is received a

$500,000 grant from Stanford Hospital and Clinics. This very generous and much-appreciated

grant will greatly assist PAL with its facility costs, expansion of its teen programming,

installation of a sound studio for youth use, and provision of enhanced youth programs at the

PAL Community Center.

The presentation of this grant took place on Monday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. at the PAL

Community Center. PAL board members, law enforcement agents and community members

attended and joined in thanking Stanford Hospital and Clinics for this generous grant.

“Stanford Hospital and Clinics clearly recognizes the importance of being very engaged in the

communities they serve,” said Redwood City Vice Mayor Rosanne Foust. “They are a new and

important neighbor in the Redwood City community, and this generous grant really illustrates

their commitment to helping our youth become responsible adults and creative leaders within

our community.”

PAL is a nonprofit community-based organization providing intervention, prevention and

alternative programs to at-risk and economically challenged youth in Redwood City. PAL

regularly serves over 4,000 children and teens every year, thanks to the great volunteers who

give of their time and energy.

The Redwood City PAL Community Center is at 3399 Bay Road. More information about

Redwood City PAL is available at or by calling 650-556-1650.

Stanford Hospital and Clinics ( is known worldwide for advanced

patient care provided by its physicians and staff, particularly for the treatment of rare, complex

disorders in areas such as cardiac care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery and organ


Stanford Hospital and Clinics has begun construction of state-of-the-art outpatient and

medical facilities in Redwood City, on Broadway south of Woodside Road. The facilities are

expected to begin serving patients in spring 2009.




Steve Penna


Okay, so we all know that City Manager Ed Everett is retiring

this month, and soon after him is City Clerk Patricia Howe.

Both have served our community well and, in one way or

another, will be missed. My most memorable experience

with Howe was when she first began her position. I called her

to confirm the city was having an election night “counting

party.” You know, where everyone is there at City Hall and

watches the results for City Council. It was the night before

the event and I called to get all the details and thought I would

play one of my practical jokes on her. I asked her what time

the Sequoia High School Band would be performing. She

replied that she did not know they were going to be there.

That’s when I informed her that it had been a city tradition

to have them there — they had done so for the past 30 years

or so — and it was her responsibility to have them there.

Needless to say, I heard nothing but silence for about a

minute, then I could not hold back and broke out into laughter

and told her, “Gotcha.” Welcome to Redwood City, baby. She

has been a great sport ever since and a total professional.

The process for finding her replacement is being handled

in-house by the city’s Human Resources Department. The

new city clerk will be announced sometime in October.

Everett’s departure, on the other hand, has me reflecting

on so many things. He came on board about the same time

that I was getting involved in the political process here. I

have had so many different impressions, opinions and views

about him that I cannot easily express how I feel about

his departure. What sticks most in my mind about him is

his strong conviction that he is doing what is best for our

community. No matter what obstacles he has to face for those

beliefs, he will try and implement them. Whether I agree with

his approach is irrelevant; I respect him and his dedication to

improving the quality of our lives.

The process to replace him is in the works. Thirty

applicants were received and I am being told that none were

from within the city staff — the City Council met in closed

session on Aug. 22 to discuss the applicants. The list will be

shortened and his replacement will be announced toward the

end of September.

Now, besides those two, I am hearing that Fire Chief

Gerry Kohlmann will announce his retirement very soon

and will be moving on to work in the private sector for a

company in San Jose. I, like you, am hoping this is not true

as he is very respected and has brought a great working

environment to our firefighters. I tried to get confirmation

either way but could not by press time, so you will probably

hear an announcement soon after we are out on the streets.

But remember, you read it here first!

. . .

Election time is here — yahoo! And there is going to be a

City Council race! Unlike other districts, where members

of the community do not run because there is so much apathy,

we have two challengers — Joneen Nielsen and Kevin

Bondonno — vying against four incumbents — Alicia

Aguirre, Ian Bain, Rosanne Foust and Barbara Pierce.

Although the signing of a candidate’s nomination papers

does not indicate an endorsement, viewing who signed whose

papers can be enlightening. Aguirre’s was signed by, among

others, colleagues Bain and Foust, Sequoia trustee Lorraine

Rumley, board or commission members Nancy Radcliffe,

Susan Swope, Alex and Cherlene Wright and Alpio

Barbara. Bain’s — Pierce, former Mayor Dani Gasparini,

Radcliffe, Swope, Maria Diaz-Slocum and Mary

Mortenson. Bondonno’s — Jeff Ira and Shawn White.

Foust’s — Ira, Paula Uccelli, Pete and Ginny Hughes,

Glenna Vaskelis, Bill Conklin and Barbara. Pierce’s

— Diane Howard, former Mayors Gasparini and Brent

Britschgi, Warren Dale, Radcliffe, Swope, Mortenson and

Keith and Nina Kadera. Nielsen’s had no current or former

council members or board or commission members. This will

be an interesting race.

Several debates are being planned, with no solid dates yet

except for the Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum on

Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Pacific Athletic Club. Call 650-

364-1722 for details and tickets.

By the way, you might be wondering what happened

to Nick James. He was one of the first people to take out

nomination papers. But he failed to qualify for the ballot

because he is not a registered voter in our community. Yes,

that is a requirement. Oh, I am so biting my lip right now and

don’t think I need to comment on that one.

. . .

Music to the following districts’ ears is being heard. They

will not have to hold elections this year because there are no

challengers to the incumbents. The money they will save is


In the Redwood City Elementary School District race, two

incumbents — Shelly Masur and Dennis McBride — will

rejoin the board with newcomer Alisa MacAvoy. The district

budgeted about $50,000 for the election and will now be

able to use it elsewhere. This will be MacAvoy’s first elected

position. McBride is starting his second term on the board.

Masur was originally appointed to the board in 2005. She

succeeded in winning a two-year term later that year after her

only competition bowed out during a debate. This will be her

first four-year term with the board.

In the Sequoia Union High School District, all three

incumbent trustees will be returning to the board. President

Olivia Martinez, and trustees Don Gibson and Lorraine

Rumley were all first elected in 1999. The three, along with

colleagues Gordon Lewin and Sally Stewart, are faced

with figuring out how to come up with the $3.15 million

discrepancy between the total costs of remodeling projects

the school district started and the bond money it will receive

in upcoming years. An estimated savings of $120,000 to

$150,000 for the district because they will not hold an election

might help.

Sequoia has an estimated $54.3 million left from the two

bonds and is committed to $57.4 million in work. Voters have

approved bonds twice since 2001 for a total of $158 million.

But it seems they need more and are considering going back

to voters to approve another bond. I don’t know many that

would support another bond given the fact that many projects

have been considered luxuries for the district instead of

necessities. I mean, why does every campus need a top-notch

performing arts center? And so on.

Also, did you know that in the Sequoia district, out of the

1,915 students in the senior class, about 385 of them have yet

to pass at least one portion of the California High School Exit

Exam? More on that next month. I guess it is fortunate for the

incumbents running for re-election that these types of issues

will not be brought up during a campaign.

The San Mateo County Community College District had

budgeted to pay $383,000 — the bill for the 2005 race. All

three incumbents — Dave Mandelkern, Patricia Miljanich

and Karen Schwarz — will return for another four years.

It will be Mandelkern’s second term and the fourth term for

Miljanich and Schwarz.

Given the number of terms and years all these incumbents

have been around, I have to wonder if these people just die

on their boards? I commend them for their public service, but

come on now — isn’t it time to let others have the opportunity

to make a difference? We all know it is almost impossible

to beat an incumbent because voters are so uninformed and,

unless there is a major issue, just stay the course. No wonder

nobody runs against them.

After an impressive and very time-consuming appeal

process, the City Council approved the Costco expansion but

added some new conditions. I do not know if you attended

or watched the nearly six-hour meeting on the tube, but I

was so proud — even though I did not agree with them — of

the residents in that neighborhood who took a stand and

challenged the “process.” In doing so, they at least make

the corporate giant more accountable to our community.

There will be a 30-day statute of limitations on the council’s

decision, in case a lawsuit is filed within that time frame.

I doubt there will be, so here’s to cheaper gas and more

discounted selections.

But then again, do I really need 52 more rolls of toilet paper?

As I was saying…

. . .

. . .

‘Top Model’ Hopefuls Line Up at RWC Salon

The line in front of The Beauty Lounge in Redwood City stretched halfway around the

block of Broadway and Winslow Street, but its length didn’t stop a number of glamorous

women from queuing up on Saturday, Aug. 11.

The local salon, owned by Chris Randolph and his wife, Leticia, was the Bay Area

audition site for the ninth season of “America’s Next Top Model.” Tyra Banks hosts the reality

show, which pits 10 to 14 would-be models against each other in a series of elimination

rounds to determine the winner. There are no “rounds” of auditions — contestants are

selected from this week-long, nationwide search or they are not selected at all.

As the morning wore on — auditions began at 10 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m. —

nervousness mounted.

Alyssa Sweitzer, of Fairfield, said her biggest worry was “not getting picked.”

“This is my first time really going out,” the 18-year-old said, referring to her relative

inexperience in modeling. “My mamma kept telling me that school was more important

and that I should finish school before I jump into anything else.” Aside from “working on

my mamma’s nerves,” she’d devoted her past weeks to rehearsing for her audition.

To sign up for the audition, aspiring contestants had to preregister online. The actual

auditions consisted of an interview with a camera; the tapes were then sent to the show’s

producers, who will evaluate them and make their selections over the next few weeks.

None of the young women were allowed to hear what questions were being put to their

competitors during the camera interview. Only one candidate was allowed in The Beauty

Lounge at a time. Each candidate was then led to the back of the salon, where she faced

the camera and answered the “Top Model” crew’s questions.

“I was pretty nervous being on the spot and answering questions,” said Marisa Urbina,

21, of Napa, after her audition. Unlike Sweitzer, Urbina has been modeling for a few years,

mostly in hair advertisements. If she is selected, “America’s Next Top Model” would easily

be her biggest showcase.

The auditions were The Beauty Lounge’s biggest showcase, too.

“We spent all week preparing,” said Randolph. “We want to handle these types of events

in the future and we want people to be aware of our location.”

Randolph said The Beauty Lounge was chosen as the Bay Area site when he answered

a general advertisement for those who were interested in hosting “Top Model” auditions.

“This is a brand new salon, so this is excellent publicity,” he said. “It’s been an extremely

exciting process.”

The line outside The Beauty Lounge wrapped around the block as women waited for

their turn to audition for “America’s Next Top Model.”

Thousands Take Part in Bicycle Tour

More than 2,000 bicyclists turned out Sunday, Aug. 5, for the annual Tour de

Peninsula, one of the great summer biking events in San Mateo County.

The tour serves as a popular fundraiser for Bike Sundays, the Sunday

closure of Cañada Road that permits carefree biking, skating, running and

strolling. The 33-mile tour route, which begins and ends at Sequoia High

School in Redwood City, is laid out to highlight two of the San Mateo County

Department of Parks’ premier family biking opportunities — Sawyer Camp

Trail and Cañada Road.

After completing the tour, riders picked up their “Official Tour de Peninsula

Dirty T-shirt” and got a chance to visit post-ride expo booths while they

enjoyed music played by the Chris Ford Band.

The organizer and beneficiary of the tour, the San Mateo County Parks and

Recreation Foundation, was established in 1988 and supports the preservation

and restoration of native habitats and environmental education. The

foundation seeks grants and contributions from individuals, foundations and

businesses and to date has raised $7 million to support 30 different programs

of the San Mateo County Department of Parks.

Supervisor Rich Gordon, honorary chair of the event, said, “I congratulate

and thank all of this year’s participants. The Tour de Peninsula is a great way

to feel the benefits of physical exercise and help all residents of San Mateo

County by raising funds to support the county park department’s Bicycle

Sunday program.”

The San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Foundation is located at 215

Bay Road, Menlo Park. To learn more about Foundation volunteer opportunities,

ranging from being a docent to clearing trails, call 650-321-5812 or visit

Top left: Mark Simon, founder of the Tour de Peninsula, and Rich Gordon, San Mateo

County supervisor, at the Tour de Peninsula Aug. 5.


From Basketballs to Badges:Riva

R edwood City police Officers Diana Villegas

(left) and Jessica Gray (right) are the best of

friends — but they didn’t start out that way. It’s

the kind of story that, looking back, they can

laugh about. But at that time, it would have been

hard to imagine them ending up as close as they

are now.

Years ago, when both women were playing high

school basketball, they met on the court as opponents,

little love lost between them. Villegas went

“You need to pick on someone your

own size.”

to Burlingame High School and Gray to Woodside.

Villegas was in the class of ’95, a year ahead

of Gray. After one of their games, Gray entered a

verbal confrontation with one of Villegas’ friends.

“I said, ‘You need to pick on someone your own

size,’” Villegas recalled with a smile. “And [Gray]

said, ‘Then I’ll pick on you!’” she laughed.

At 6 feet tall, Villegas still comes in just shy

of Gray’s 6 feet 1 inch, but they were very much

“the same size” — or close to it. In this confrontation,

people had to intercede to break up the pair,

and they maintained a distinct dislike for each

other for some time thereafter — hardly an auspicious

beginning to what would turn out to be a

great friendship!

For Villegas, basketball was a means to an end.

She attended college on a basketball scholarship,

her end goal always being the police force. “We’re

very different,” Villegas said. “I always knew I

wanted to be a police officer. My cousin, Steve

Penny, was a police officer here for 25 years, and I

wanted to follow his footsteps. Six months after I

graduated from college, I was a police officer.”

Gray, however, continued in basketball much

longer, traveling the world to play on professional

teams. It wasn’t until returning from playing

overseas that she encountered Villegas again

— and followed her former rival onto the police

force. Villegas took Gray under her wing during

her training, and the seeds of friendship were


Villegas is the high school resource officer at

Sequoia. The resource officer is on scene to handle

any problems at the school. If a fight breaks

out on campus, Villegas is already there. She also

works with intervention programs and youth education

programs. “Ever since I was hired, that’s

what I wanted to do,” she said. Before she could

take on that post, though, she had to earn valuable

field experience. “I started so young,” Villegas

said. “Back in the day, they hired officers 21, 22.

They don’t do that anymore.”

When I spoke with Villegas, her enthusiasm for

the job was clearly evident, not only through her

voice but also on her face and in her eyes. It’s refreshing

to see someone with such a joie de vivre

for what she does, who is dedicated and truly happy

where she is. “All the goals I’ve ever wanted

in my life — I wanted to be a cop, I wanted to be

a resource officer, I wanted a basketball scholarship

— for me, life is perfect,” she said. It’s easy

to see why she’s excelled. Not only does she love

what she does, she has a determination to do the

job right. She’s also served as a tactics instructor

and continues to coach youth basketball. “I coach

little guys,” she said, “usually sixth to seventh

grade. For some reason, they really pick things up

at that age.”

While Villegas was on a fast-track, high-focus

career path, Gray traveled more, seeing the

world and exploring after college. It’s a contrast

between the two women, one of many, that

highlights the differences between them. Villegas

ls Become Friends on the Force

describes herself as the more conservative of the

pair, while Gray is more adventurous, having

had many outside experiences and travels that

Villegas lacks. At the same time, Gray admires

Villegas’ police experience and professionalism.

Talking to them, it’s easy to see how the mutual

respect grew between them and how they complement

each other with differing experiences and


When Gray expressed an interest in being an

officer, Villegas was able to guide her. “In the

police department, you don’t ever want to say,

‘Oh, this person would be a great officer,’ because

if it doesn’t work out, it falls back on you,” she

explained. But Gray earned her best recommendation,

working hard toward her own goal once

she’d decided to become an officer, excelling at

the academy and in field training.

Before her travels, Gray played basketball at the

University of San Diego. After graduating, she

moved to England, where she played professionally.

“My main goal after graduating college was

to get to Australia,” Gray explained, “but because

I went to a smaller school, it was hard for me to

get my name out there.”

After moving to New Zealand, she continued

Then I’ll pick on you.” She laughed.

her pro basketball career, later moving back to

England and then to Australia. While in Australia,

she got to play against the best female player

in the world, Laura Jackson, who stands 6 feet

6 inches tall and is on the Australian women’s

Olympic team. From Australia, Gray moved back

to England to continue her career.

“After my last time in England, I came home

and someone asked me to play on a local league,”

Gray recalled. “And they told me about Diana.”

Remembering her from high school, “I was like,

‘I don’t like that girl!’” she said, laughing.

In the local league, the two women played together

and quickly became friends. Searching for

a new direction in her life, Gray had considered

becoming a nurse but found Villegas’ example

a promising one and decided to become a police

officer instead.

“Diana was a very good mentor for me, from

the time I considered being an officer, through

the academy, and even on. She’s always been

there,” Gray said. “I absolutely love her. She’s

really great! She was my beat partner, so we got

to spend a lot of quality time together and I got

to learn a lot more from her as an officer.” They

were partnered for six months, patrolling from

Whipple to Redwood. On every call they answered,

Gray explained, she felt better knowing

Villegas had her back — a sentiment Villegas

strongly echoed about Gray.

On the force for a little over 18 months now,

Gray finds being an officer “life-changing. The

opportunity to see various parts of people’s

lives, you get to make a difference,” she said. Her

relationships with co-workers are different from

those of a more typical office job. “Every day you

go out there. You never know what could happen.

You have to make decisions that may or may not

impact your partner.” But far from being grim,

Gray finds the work rewarding. “We have a lot of

fun, we laugh,” she added.

“I grew up in Redwood City,” Gray said. “I was

born and raised here. So it’s been very nice for

me to come back and try to make a difference in

the community that I grew up in. I love it. It’s the

“Every day you go out there. You

never know what could happen.”


Whether it’s working a beat on patrol, or

safeguarding and educating our youth, these

two fine officers are a credit to Redwood City’s

community. From a discordant beginning, they’ve

grown together as great friends and professionals.

“Jessica and I compare Redwood City to a D-1,”

Villegas said. “Division One. In college basketball,

that’s the best you can get. You can’t get any


Left: Jessica Gray, Right: Diana Villegas


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Redwood City Costco

Appeal Denied

Plans for a larger Costco warehouse store

and 12-pump gas station on Middlefield

Road are moving forward toward a final

vote after the Redwood City City Council

denied the appeal of a neighborhood

association that argued the environmental

impact report for the project is flawed.

The City Council denied the request

by the Redwood Village Neighborhood

Association, according to the City Clerk’s


The decision came late in a council

meeting after hours of reports by city

staff, the appellants and Costco itself

along with public comment by those in

the packed chambers.

Costco wants to demolish its existing

120,000-square-foot warehouse at 2300

Middlefield Road and replace it with a

160,000-square-foot version and new gas


Opponents asked the council to reverse

the Planning Commission’s certification

of the EIR in June because some data

on which its approval was based is

wrong, there wasn’t an adequate project

description provided and the city didn’t

consider an alternative site.

The number of trips generated by the

project was a key point of contention,

with opponents arguing the reality far

exceeds the 390 new peak trips estimated

in the EIR. The traffic, they said, will

bring pollution, noise and an increase

of cars cutting through their residential


The homeowners appealing the decision

are not against the idea of a larger Costco

but want the company and city to vacate

plans for the gas station, Kathy Soulard

of the neighborhood association told the


Another problem, according to

opponents, is that the city is not

considering how the Stanford Outpatient

Clinic on Broadway will add to

cumulative traffic impacts. The city is not

required to consider the clinic, Planning

Manager Jill Ekas told the council during

her staff report, which recommended

upholding the EIR certification.

The homeowners group also raised

concerns about the noise and pollution

of a proposed tire center. Opponents did

not ask that the center be eliminated but

moved from its proposed location.

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Ed Everett on the Move

Valerie Harris

Special to The Spectrum

The definition of community is the feeling of not being alone.’

Redwood City’s city manager, Ed Everett, is eyeing a time

in the very near future when the thrills and headaches of

managing a city will end. The actual date is Sept. 21. As the

photo on this page indicates, Everett will be dancing into


Everett said, “The baby boomers are getting rid of the old

definitions of retirement. The definition of retirement that

I had in my youth differs from how the baby boomers are

defining it.”

Everett is a third-generation native Californian, born

to Permin and Ellen Everett and raised in Sacramento.

His paternal lines trace back to France. The family later

immigrated to Denmark. The old French family name, Da

Permin, eventually was truncated to Permin, and now every

generation carries that name forward in either a first or

middle name. Everett’s middle name is Permin, and he has

passed that name along to one of his daughters as a middle name.

“I had to figure out a plan of attack.

It was going to take more than

street furniture to revive the

downtown area.”

Everett grew up in Sacramento along with his older

brother, Richard, who lives in Newcastle, near Sacramento.

Richard Everett reminisced: “When Ed and I were in school

together, I was the older brother, and I would make B’s and

C’s. Ed would get mostly A’s with an occasional B. I’d tell

him that my classes were harder because I was older. But

that was never the case for him. I guess he took after my

father. It ran in the family. My father was a college graduate

and worked for the state of California as chief of standards

and surveys. Even our grandfather, Ralph Waldo Everett,

graduated from Stanford in 1901. But Ed was always a leader.

Even when we were in high school, Ed was the one who ran

the Sunday school.”

After graduating from high school, Everett attended

the University of California, Davis, for his undergraduate

degree in economics. “At that time I was trying to stay out of

Vietnam,” Everett said. “I applied to graduate school to get a

draft deferment. The draft board drafted me, so I signed up

for the Navy.”

Everett spent three years in the Navy as an officer. After

exiting the Navy, he joined the Vista Volunteers, where he

spent a year and a half working with urban youth in Philadelphia.

“It was when I was in Philadelphia that I thought about

running a city. Philadelphia was such a poorly run city at

the time, I thought: Any numbskull could run the city better

than this!” Everett enrolled in the Woodrow Wilson School

of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, where he

received a master’s degree in urban affairs.

His first job out of graduate school was in Palo Alto, in

program and management analysis. Everett explained: “The

city manager at the time was a very innovative thinker, and

he wanted me to be a department head, so he made me the fire

chief. I wasn’t a fireman!”

Everett’s next job was assistant county manager in Washoe

County, Nev., around Incline Village and Sparks, where he

stayed five years.

Prior to taking the job as city manager in Redwood City,

Everett served as a city manager for the city of Belmont for

eight years.

During the transitions from California to Nevada,

Everett married and had two daughters: Heather and

Nicole. Although Everett eventually divorced, the family

retained their local roots. Nicole Everett, now 27, lives in

San Francisco with her partner Katie. Nicole is working on

an advanced degree in interior design. Daughter Heather

Ruiz, 31, is married to Roberto Ruiz and they both work for

the county. Heather is a Human Resources manager for the

county hospital, and Roberto is in San Mateo Public Works.

Heather and Roberto share a home in Mountain View with

their five-year-old son, Danny.

Taking over the reins of a new city was not that big a leap

for Everett, with all the experience he had logged. He wanted

to do more.

Everett uses a corporate-based analogy, describing his job

as that of a chief executive officer (CEO) and likening the

elected council members to a board of directors. So what does

the CEO of a city do? A city manager’s function is described

in detail on Wikipedia:

A city manager is an official appointed as the administrative

manager of a city, in a council-manager form of city


Typical roles and responsibilities of a city manager include:

• Supervising day-to-day operations of all city departments;

• Supervising the department heads;

• Preparing a draft city budget each year with options the

council votes on;

• Researching and making recommendations about topics of

interest to the council;

• Meeting with citizens and citizen groups to understand

their needs better;

• Providing executive leadership that encourages good

performance by city workers;

• Operating the city with a professional understanding of

how all city functions operate together to their best effect.

Typically, city managers have hire-fire authority over all

city employees, though these decisions may be required to

be approved by the council, and must comply with locally

applicable civil service laws. This authority includes talent

searches for “department heads” who are the managers of the

city departments.

Everett brought a new spin to city management. Once a week,

he had his “quiet time” — an hour of solitude, usually in the

library, where he forced himself to think “outside the box.” It

was during one of these occasions that Everett started reading

“Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American

Community” by Robert D. Putnam.

According to an review: “In the book,

Putnam, a professor of sociology at Harvard, argued that

civil society was breaking down as Americans became more

disconnected from their families, neighbors, communities

and the republic itself. The organizations that gave life

to democracy were fraying. Bowling became his driving

metaphor. Years ago, he wrote, thousands of people belonged

to bowling leagues. Today, however, they’re more likely to

bowl alone.”

That book proved to be a pivotal influence on Everett’s

thinking and on the reshaping of Redwood City’s philosophy

on community-building. Yogi Berra packaged the idea succinctly:

“If you don’t go to somebody’s funeral, they won’t come to

yours.” The message was powerful in its simplicity: To define

yourself as a city, you need to build a community. From that

day forward, Everett set the ground rules, along with the city

council, to make every resident not just a city dweller, but a

cared-for member of Redwood City’s community.

Everett and the various city council members throughout

the years easily embraced community-building. It’s an easy

pitch to make. Redwood City has evolved to the point of truly

involving its community members, from Create-A-Smile,

which organizes fundraising events for families in financial

need, all the way to the Friday concerts downtown.

Everett said, “The definition of community is the feeling of

not being alone, that if I am in need and reach out, someone

will help me, even if I don’t know them. People respond by

feeling attached to the community.”

When Everett first came to Redwood City, he faced some

challenges. Downtown was so dead, it garnered the moniker

Deadwood City. “That was 17 years ago,” Everett explained.

“I had to figure out a plan of attack. It was going to take more

than street furniture to revive the downtown area. That’s why

we started spending the money. A community needs family

room where people can congregate.” Thus the downtown

project was born.

“Now on Fridays we have concerts. A man walked up to

me and told me that he never misses a concert, even though

he doesn’t care for the music some of the bands play. He told

me he goes because he meets all his friends there. It’s become

part of the fabric of the community.”

Another community builder was “Harry Potter night” at

the public library. Everett recounted: “The library stayed

open from 8 p.m. until midnight, and the event was a

framework for kids to socialize and get to know each other.

We gave away around 300 books. The youth is our future, yet

the youth are the most neglected faction of our society. They

are the most ‘left out,’ according to studies.” The public is

welcome to attend a community discussion on the city’s youth

on Sept. 15 in the Sequoia High School cafeteria.

Other community projects include neighborhood disaster

preparedness. Everett envisions having the community selfsufficient

for at least 72 hours after a major disaster, to enable

local emergency services to tackle the really critical issues.

Why is Everett quitting a job he has come to master? “It’s

time. The city plan is at a level where someone can come in

and take it to the next level. I’ve worked 24 years in a job

where I have a target on my back. It’s tough working in such

a fishbowl,” Everett explained. For the reader, it takes only a

few keystrokes to learn about the contentious battles Everett

and his staff have encountered. One incident was so vicious

that he had to hire an attorney with his own funds to have

some personal attacks cease and desist.

The reality may be that Everett wants to spend more time

in his cabin in Truckee, more time with his daughters and

grandson, and more time on the dance floor at the Arthur

Murray Dance Studio with his significant interest, Mary

Welch. Everett says, “I met Mary working on committees

years ago. I was divorced about a year, and I just hated to go

to movies alone. One night, I called Mary and asked her if she

wanted to go to a movie. She accepted.”

The two began taking dance lessons at the popular studio

on Broadway. “Mary recently injured her wrist, so she isn’t

able to be my dance partner today,” he said as I watched him

waltz around the floor with studio owner and instructor Alice


“I take it [dancing] as enjoyable and I don’t always do it

well,” Everett said. “But it’s just one of those things that you

have to go in and say: You know, it’s going to be fun, and if I

screw up, so what? One dance class, we had a substitute, and

the dance instructor said, ‘Ed, you lost a step.’ I just stopped,

and started looking around. ‘Has anyone seen my step? I lost

a step! I know it was around here somewhere.’ Look, when

you dance you are going to make mistakes, and it’s sort of

like life: You just have to laugh at it,” he added.

When Everett closes this chapter of his career as a city

manager, he will be far from “retired.” He is eager to share

adventures with his family, work on his cabin and spread his

goodwill to all he encounters in his newest journey. We wish

him well.

“Look, when you dance you are going to make mistakes,

and it’s sort of like life: You just have to laugh at it.


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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

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

life of an abused and neglected child.

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

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

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

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

waiting for someone who cares.

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

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

Web site ( or call 650-212-4423 for more information.


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public Works Department to

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

prune on the third Saturday of each month. Check their Web site (www. for a listing of events and dates.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop communication and leadership

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

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

780-7468 if you would like to check out a meeting or just stop in. Visit for more information about the Toastmasters public

speaking program.

Family Service Agency of San Mateo County

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

Service Agency of San Mateo County provides employers with mature,

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

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

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

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

place your job order.

For those looking for work, Family Service Agency provides a range of

services for those who are at least 55 years of age, including referrals for

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

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

ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.

Friends for Youth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

482-2871 or e-mail

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula

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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational speakers

and refreshments are provided. A demonstration of assistive devices is

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

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

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

Nursing Mothers Counsel

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

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly trained counselors (moms

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

650-327-MILK (327-6455).

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

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

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

327-MILK (327-6455) to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies available for

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

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

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

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

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

information, call 650-366-6371.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

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

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

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

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

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

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


Redwood City Education Foundation

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

organization dedicated to providing students in the Redwood City School

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

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

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

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

Board members are responsible for attending monthly meetings, chairing

board committees, participating in fundraising and outreach activities, and

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

serving on the board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-7271 or vp@ For more information on RCEF, check out

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

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

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

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

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

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

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News Briefs

Jail, Counseling for Girl Who Hid Drugs on Sister

The 18-year-old girl who asked her 10-year-old sister to hide heroin in her sweatshirt during a routine traffic stop was

sentenced to nine months in jail and ordered to complete child abuse counseling.

Maria Guadalupe Miranda receives credit for four days against her term, which the court recommended be served through

the work furlough program. Miranda must also spend four years on supervised probation following the sentence and register

as a drug offender, according to court records clerks.

Miranda, who has been free on a $25,000 bail bond, pleaded no contest in April to felony drug possession for sale and

misdemeanor child endangerment. The plea bargain dismissed other charges of drug possession for sale and transporting


On March 23, Redwood City police pulled Miranda over and reported she had only a Carlmont High School identification

card. During a voluntary search of Miranda’s wallet, the officer reportedly found two twists of cocaine and heroin. The officer

also reported finding two ounces of heroin in the sweatshirt of Miranda’s 10-year-old sister. The girl allegedly told police

Miranda gave the drugs to her to hide.

Miranda was to take the drugs to somebody at the Hillsdale Shopping Center to earn money for college, according to the

District Attorney’s Office.

Miranda’s 6-year-old cousin was also in the vehicle.

Men Rob Store With Hammer

Two men armed with a gun and a hammer robbed a Redwood City cell phone store and sent an employee to the hospital with

head injuries, police reported.

The men entered the store at 3708 Florence St. The duo had a gun and a hammer. They used the hammer to shatter a

display case and steal the phones inside. They also hit a store employee in the head with the hammer. An employee was

transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, said Sgt. Steve Blanc of the Redwood City Police Department.

Police issued a countywide alert for the two suspects and searched the area. However, the two men were never located,

Blanc said.

Both men are described as Pacific Islanders. One was taller, bald and was wearing a black shirt. He was armed with the

gun. The other was shorter, heavyset and wearing a white shirt. They were last seen fleeing the scene in a gray, older model

PT Cruiser with tinted windows, according to police reports.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Redwood City Police Department at 780-7100.

Girl, 3, Falls From RWC Bridge

A 3-year-old is in serious condition at Stanford Hospital after riding her bike off a pedestrian ramp in Redwood City.

The girl was riding her bike on the Stambaugh Street bridge over Woodside Road. She was with her mother. The descent

from the bridge to Manzanita Street below is created by two ramps that hit each other at a right angle. The girl was riding her

bike down the top part of the ramp and failed to negotiate the turn onto the second part of the ramp. She hit a cyclone fence

at the turn, but careened through it and fell just short of 18 feet to an empty lot below, said Redwood City police Capt. Chris


The girl suffered abdominal and minor head injuries along with cuts, scrapes and bruises. She was rushed to Stanford

Hospital, where she remains in serious condition, Cesena said.

The girl was not wearing a helmet, Cesena said.

The Redwood City Police Department is collecting evidence and writing a report on the case while the Redwood City

Public Works Department and Caltrans decide who is responsible for the bridge maintenance.

“It is our understanding that Caltrans is responsible for the maintenance,” Cesena said.

The fence was fixed immediately following the accident, according to a police report.

Lomas and Jackson had been married dozens of years and raised four children. The fourth child, however, was allegedly

fathered by another man although raised by Lomas.

Brewer “was thinking it might not be his” but testified he never told Lomas. Lomas treated the boy as his own son and

appeared close to all the children, Brewer said.

He was unaware if Linda Jackson Lomas was unfaithful, and her husband never mentioned suspicions, Brewer said.

Brewer said Lomas had given up the “heavy drinking” of his past but in the weeks preceding the murder acknowledged

getting so drunk at a bar his sister had to take him home.

When Brewer declined to say he was aware of Lomas’ drinking beyond that incident, prosecutor Al Giannini pressed him

to agree he was also unaware of the robberies.

“Isn’t it true for at least four years there was a side of Robert you just never saw?” Giannini asked.

“That’s correct,” Brewer said.

Lomas remains in custody on no-bail status.

Redwood City Man in Custody After Fatal Crash

The California Highway Patrol has identified the driver of a black Toyota Camry that is being blamed for a fiery traffic

accident on Interstate 280 that sent two people to the hospital and killed another.

Redwood City resident Guadalupe Gomez, 68, was allegedly spotted driving the Toyota at speeds estimated by witnesses

to be in excess of 100 mph and using all four lanes of southbound Interstate 280, including the left shoulder.

At least one witness put the erratic driving behavior as far back as Wolfe Road in Cupertino, about seven miles north of

Race Street, where the accident happened.

It was near the Meridian Avenue area north of Race Street that Gomez’s Toyota apparently clipped a Mazda 626 driven by

27-year-old Los Gatos resident Jedidiah Lee Dooley. The Mazda spun into the center divide.

Gomez’s Toyota then struck a Honda in the rear, causing both the Honda and the Toyota to spin out, both eventually

coming to a stop.

The Honda then burst into flames with the unidentified male driver inside. He was later declared deceased.

Dooley was treated for minor cuts to his face at San Jose Regional Medical Center. Gomez was transported to Valley

Medical Center and treated for cuts to his head and a fractured right leg, according to the CHP.

What was left was a scene of carnage. At 11 a.m. the black Camry sat with its front end smashed. The Honda was not

recognizable as it sat facing oncoming traffic. The roof of the Honda was ripped up and open and the interior, melted and

charred, was exposed for passing motorists to see. Plastic and glass debris covered all five lanes and stretched for almost a

hundred yards.

Gomez was arrested at the hospital for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

It is not clear whether there was alcohol involved and the CHP will test the vehicle for any sign of mechanical failure, CHP

Officer Todd Thibodeau said.

The accident was reported around 7:40 a.m. and was finally cleared at about noon. The accident had traffic backed up for

miles in both directions of Interstate 280.

Police Search for Man With Knife

A midday domestic dispute turned into a large-scale search for a bloody man with a knife on the run in the North Fair Oaks

neighborhood of unincorporated San Mateo County.

Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to conflicting reports of gunshots and a stabbing at a residence on the 400 block of

Eighth Avenue in the unincorporated area near Redwood City. When police arrived they were able to determine, through

translators, that no one was shot, said Lt. Lisa Williams of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Alejandro Acosta, 40, was visiting with his estranged wife and family the previous day. He arrived back at the address

the next day. When the family wouldn’t allow him inside the residence, Acosta punched his arm through a window to gain

entrance. He fled the area on foot with a knife from the residence, Williams said.

Officers tried to track down Acosta in the area and in surrounding cities, but could not locate him. He was last seen in blue

jeans and a bloody white tank top, according to police reports.

He is wanted for charges related to the assault, an outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon and a federal

immigration warrant, Williams said.

Anyone with information about Acosta or his whereabouts should call the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office at 363-1536

or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-574-2700.

Friend Says Bank Robber Loved Wife

Law enfoLaw enforcement officials believe Robert Lomas spent weeks as the “Gilligan robber” before stabbing his wife to

death May 21 in their North Fair Oaks home.

To Earley Brewer, however, Lomas is “Bob,” a friend for more than three decades who liked playing dominoes, loved his

wife, Linda Jackson Lomas, and nearly fell apart when she was hospitalized for bypass surgery.

“He loved Linda,” Brewer testified Friday in a conditional hearing. “I just didn’t believe he killed Linda.”

A criminal grand jury indicted Lomas before he even entered an initial plea to one count of first-degree murder and seven

counts of robbery. Once in Superior Court, Lomas pleaded not guilty and was ordered back to court Sept. 18 to set a trial date.

The long lag time left defense attorney Richard Keyes worried Brewer, who has stage-four cancer originating in his

stomach, could die before testifying about the Lomases relationship.

Both sides agreed to Friday’s conditional hearing in which testimony is videotaped and transcribed for future use.

Aside from the murder, Lomas is accused of five bank robberies since April 21. Crimes from Newark and Mountain View

will be combined into the San Mateo County cases because Lomas brought the money back here, according to the District

Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors believe Lomas is responsible for a number of other bank robberies, too, but they fall outside the statute of


Lomas’ bank robberies may have been propelled by a mountain of debt due to his wife’s medical conditions and the loss of

his auto store job following the domestic violence conviction, according to the prosecution.

In early April, Lomas was charged with domestic violence and ultimately sentenced to 15 days jail with the option of

serving in the Sheriff’s Work Program. He was supposed to surrender June 19 and enroll in domestic violence class by May

22. However, Lomas was reportedly rejected from the class May 21 for lack of funds to pay the approximate $75 fee.

At 9:55 a.m. that day, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an unidentified man reporting a

woman dead at 2830B Huntington Ave. in the unincorporated area of Redwood City. Reports Lomas himself made the call

have not been confirmed.

Lomas remained at large until approximately 9 p.m. when he approached officers near the crime scene and turned himself in.

During his police interview, Lomas reportedly said his wife was unfaithful with a number of men. He allegedly believed

his wife was giving the money he stole to these men.

Nonprofits in Action : continued from page 19

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

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

at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Women’s Club

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

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

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

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

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service projects, provides college

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

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

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

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

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


Sequoia High School Alumni Association

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

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

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

visit the Web site at or e-mail sequoiaalumni@

Sequoia Stamp Club

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

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

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

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

Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail or visit the

group’s Web site at Sequoia Stamp Club sponsors a free

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

Soroptimist International of South Peninsula

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

the world’s largest service organization for business and professional

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

mission since 1921. Soroptimists work through service projects to advance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Optimist Club of Redwood City

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

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

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

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

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

a member.

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

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

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

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

more about how you can make a difference.

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wishes to make a larger donation to the club.

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

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

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

program, Challenge Day and many other programs for kids.

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

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

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

Millie Cole at 650-366-1392 for reservations.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

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

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

the club has provided funds to help many worthy community programs

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

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

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

and effort to many programs.

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

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

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

club’s Web site at

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit organization and want your information printed in The Spectrum, send

it to 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.

Finance : The Right ‘Papers’ — at the Right Time — Can Protect Your Family

David Amann

Special to The Spectrum


o protect your family, you need more than the best intentions — you need

the right “paperwork.” And you’re going to need it during two distinct phases

of your life — your working years and your retirement.

Let’s take a look at these time periods, along with some of the key

documents you may need.

Working years

While you’re working, your most valuable asset is your income. Without

it, your family might not be able to pay off the mortgage or send the kids

to college, and that’s why you need to put the appropriate insurance and

protection policies to work.

You can typically purchase a surprising amount of term insurance — which,

as the name suggests, covers you for a specified number of years — for relatively

modest premiums. In fact, due to longer life expectancies and other factors,

term insurance premiums, in general, have actually gone down in recent years.

Most term insurance policies offer only a death benefit with no cash

value. So, if you don’t die before your policy expires, you will get nothing

back from the premiums you paid in. However, when you buy “permanent”

insurance — such as whole life, universal life or variable universal life

— your premiums pay for both a death benefit and an investment component,

and any earnings have the potential to grow on a tax-deferred basis.

Apart from life insurance, you may need another important document

— a disability insurance policy. An injury or illness that prevents you from

working can seriously erode your savings and investments, so you’ll want to

protect your income. Your employer may offer some type of group disability

plan. But if this plan doesn’t pay at least 60 percent of your income, doesn’t

pay benefits to age 65 and has a waiting period longer than your savings can

last, you may need to look at supplemental private disability insurance.

Senior Activities

The following activities provided by the Veterans Memorial Senior Center,

1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City, are open to the public.

National Senior Week

Sept. 10–14

Monday, Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Sunset Room — Panel discussion and

a chance to experience a healing body treatment from a reiki, acupressure,

massage or chiropractic practitioner.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 — Grandparents Day! Join us in celebrating the wonderful

relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m., Goldstar Room — Lecture on the myths

and realities of hospice, from Mission Hospice.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m., Sunset Room — Lecture on how to find help at

home, from Home Instead.

These events are free, and all are welcome. For more information, call

Merrylen Sacks at 650-780-7320.

Gilroy Gardens Community Services Trip

Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Let us take you on an adventure to Gilroy Gardens, which has whimsical

gardens, unique rides and one-of-a-kind exhibits. Cost of $60 includes roundtrip

transportation, entrance into the park and lunch. Please call 650-780-

7344 to reserve your spot today.

Tax Rebate: Homeowner and Renter Assistance

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Homeowner and Renter Assistance is an annual payment made by the

state of California to qualified individuals. Payment is based on your total

household income and a percentage of the assessed value of your home.

Retirement years

When you retire, you’ll still need to protect your family, but at this stage of

your life, your focus may be on leaving a legacy. Toward that goal, you will

have some estate planning considerations. And estate plans can be complex,

so you will need to work with an attorney.

Of course, everyone’s situation is unique, but here are two of the most

common documents associated with estate planning:

Will. If you don’t have a will, your wishes may never be fully honored,

because state law will dictate how your assets are divided. And if you

have no living relatives and you die intestate (without a will), your estate

will go to the state.

Living trust. If you have only a will, your assets may have to pass through

probate, which can be time-consuming and expensive. But with a

properly established living trust, your assets can pass directly to your

beneficiaries without court interference, legal fees, lengthy delays and

public disclosure. Also, a living trust can give you more precise control

over how — and when — you want your assets distributed. You could,

for example, have money distributed to your children or grandchildren in

installments over a period of years.

As you can see, you need to have your “papers” in order to properly take care

of your family — no matter where you are on life’s journey.

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners

and cannot provide tax or legal advice.

Renters may also qualify for assistance. Your income must be $42,770 or less,

and you must be 62+. No walk-ins; by appointment only. Call 650-780-7272,

beginning Sept. 4, to make an appointment.

AARP Driving Course — Renewals Only

Friday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

This course is especially designed for drivers age 50 and over. No walkins;

by appointment only. Please call 650-780-7270 or sign up at the main

building. Bring a check for $10 payable to AARP to the class on Friday. The

instructor is Glenn Behm. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

AARP Driving Course — Newcomers Only

Saturdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

This course is especially designed for drivers 50 and older who have not

taken this course before. Taking this course might allow you to qualify for

auto insurance discounts in most states. Must make an appointment. Please

call 650-780-7270 or sign up at the main building. Bring a check for $10

payable to AARP to the class on Friday. The instructor is Glenn Behm. Space

is limited, so reserve your spot today.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-7270.

Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department

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

supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City

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

Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities as

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

Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more

than you think! Its Web site is located at

Add ICE and Shake: Sanctuary City Debat

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer


t all started with ICE.

Earlier this year, Immigration and Customs

Enforcement agents came to Redwood City and

detained a number of suspected undocumented

immigrants. That action sparked community

meetings, pleas to the City Council to condemn

the ICE activity, questions about the Police

Department’s policy toward undocumented

immigrants and concerns that formal action to

become a sanctuary city is in the works.

A “sanctuary city” is one where police and

other city employees are not permitted to ask

about the immigration status of those within

the city limits or to cooperate with federal

immigration officials in most circumstances.

Leaders of San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose,

Boston and New York have designated their cities

as sanctuary cities.

The question now is whether the Redwood City

Police Department’s policy means Redwood City

is a sanctuary city. Adopted in 1995, the policy

states: “The Redwood City Police Department

will not stop, detain or arrest an individual

solely on the suspicion that he or she is an

undocumented immigrant.”

“No, we are not a sanctuary city,” said Mayor

Barbara Pierce, citing her extensive research

of the current policy. “It is important to take

this in the context of community safety,” Pierce

said. “People must be able to communicate with

the Police Department to report crime or as

victims of crime without fear of questions about

immigration status. We need to build trust. It’s

a good policy and we need to stay with it,” she


Council Member Ian Bain also agreed with

the policy, noting that “it’s not our job to enforce

federal laws; we enforce local laws.” When

asked about formal legislation to make Redwood

City a sanctuary city, Bain responded, “While

I can’t speak for my colleagues, no one on the

council has interest in doing that. I won’t vote for

Council Members Rosanne Foust and Alicia Aguirre

legislation that conflicts with federal law.”

Does the policy indicate that Redwood City is

a sanctuary city? “Not at all,” said Vice Mayor

Rosanne Foust. “This is a very sensitive issue

within our community.” Should the City Council

enact a policy directing the Police Department

to check immigration status? “No. We don’t set

immigration policy; the federal government does.

Other cities around the country have adopted

restrictive ordinances regarding immigration,

only to have them struck down by the courts,” she


“I would not support any type of resolution

making Redwood City a sanctuary city,” Foust

said. “I was elected to uphold the United States

Constitution, the constitution of the state of

California, and all local laws.”

Foust added, “You know, my family came from

Czechoslovakia and Ireland. They came though

Ellis Island, worked in Pennsylvania coal mines

and became citizens. That’s the way you do it.”

Erin Lucien and Art Bush of the Redwood City

Coalition for Immigration Control take a different

view. “Redwood City is a sanctuary city already,”

Lucien said. “Our elected officials took an oath

of office to enforce the laws; they can’t pick and

choose which laws they will enforce.”

Art Bush agrees. “Unofficially it is [a sanctuary

city]. They have said they will not ask,” he said.

Lucien and Bush have become active in the

immigration debate, both taking part in recent

demonstrations at the corner of Jefferson and El

Camino. Lucien is a general contractor who feels

the effects of illegal immigration are “pervasive

in professional life, finances and personal life.”

He contends that, while he and Mayor Pierce are

good friends, she may have a “political agenda” in

the immigration debate.

Lucien is concerned about the upcoming

immigration forums sponsored by the League of

Women Voters, particularly one agenda item that

he said is to include community services available

to undocumented workers. He also said that his

wife is worried about retaliation in response to his


Bush has participated in demonstrations

against illegal immigration and made contact

with Minutemen groups in the East Bay. He chose

not to formally join one group in Castro Valley,

due to what he saw as “racist overtones” on the

part of some members. Bush recalled being in a

“peaceful” march in Fremont last July, only to

be met by people he described as Hispanic gang

members. After the physical confrontation, Bush

said he needed $3,000 in dental work.

Bush talked about Friendly Acres, his ethnically

diverse neighborhood. Citing neighboring

families of different racial backgrounds, he said

quite simply, “My neighbors came here to be

Americans, not to stay in the third world.”

Both men noted a community meeting held

at the Fair Oaks Community Center soon after

the ICE immigration action. “There were very

few Anglos there,” Bush said. “The meeting

was all done in Spanish. They told people what

their rights were and that they didn’t have to

volunteer information,” he continued. He added

that Chief of Police Louis Cobarruviaz told the

audience that the Police Department would not

“hassle” them for documentation but would

look for documentation only if a crime had been


At one point, Bush and Lucien said, the chief

asked the audience, “How many of you are from

Mexico?” When people raised their hands, they

continued, the chief pointed to the audience

and said, “We told you not to tell.” Both men

expressed frustration with that incident.

Was the chief trying to “coach” the audience?

“He was just restating the policy to the people,”

said Council Member Alicia Aguirre.

“We in Redwood City do care about safety,” she

continued. “We want people to be comfortable

communicating to the Police Department. If

crime is not reported, that makes it more difficult

to get help to the people.”

Sanctuary city resolutions, Aguirre said, “are

just pieces of paper that make people feel good.

They don’t address the issue.”

“We are trying to educate the community

through activities such as the League of Women

Voters forums,” she added. “When there’s a

meeting like the one at Fair Oaks, then the

Minutemen gather at Jefferson and El Camino.

People on both sides are fearful.”

Mayor Barbara Pierce

te in the Mix

Bikers, Skaters Work Out Park Problems

Aguirre doesn’t believe that Redwood City

should become a sanctuary city at this time. “I’m

not saying that we won’t; I haven’t asked the rest

of the council.”

So what’s ahead in all this?

“We are looking at things we can do that will

… help our community to understand issues, such

as the forums sponsored by the League of Women

Voters, and we will urge our citizens to attend and

communicate to federal legislators,” said Pierce.

Bush and Lucien say they asked to speak at these

forums, and their request was denied.

The federal government doesn’t want us to be

in the midst of this,” Pierce added. “There is no

need to try and set our own policy; the federal

government should do it.”

City Council challenger Joneen Nielsen sees the

issue a bit differently. The Police Department’s

policy is “better than most police departments.

Some in Southern California are actually helping

with ICE raids,” Nielsen said.

“It sounds like they’re trying to play both sides;

pulling people over [on a traffic stop] to look for

some technicality, looking for some loophole. The

options are there,” she added.

The real problem is the lack of cohesive

federal immigration policy, which means

communities have to cobble together policy on

immigration,” she said.

Nielsen would support a formal sanctuary

city resolution, even at the risk of losing federal

funding. “I don’t want us to be sticking out like

a sore thumb,” she said. “I’m concerned that ICE

will look to make examples of sanctuary cities. I

don’t want the federal government coming in.”

And the debate continues. With Congress

now at a 25 percent national approval rating, the

immigration cocktail will continue to be shaken

and stirred until some sort of resolution comes to

the surface — some day.


he Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park in Redwood City is drawing BMX bikers who are complaining about the $50 tickets they

receive while skaters for whom the park was built complain that the bikers are creating a safety hazard.

The main problem is that the bikes are really dangerous,” said John Davidson, a local skateboarder. “Two boards colliding

is one thing; it is just some body contact. A bike, on the other hand, is a lot of metal coming down on you. The park is made

for skateboarding for a reason.”

Skateboarders and bikers met to discuss the riding conditions at the Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park in Redwood City.

Despite city code that prohibits bikers from using the skate park, bikers continue to ride. The meeting, held at the Veterans

Memorial Senior Center, brought together nearly 50 skaters and bikers from 10 to 21 years of age. Councilwoman Alicia

Aguirre, Redwood City police officers and members of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center were also present.

With BMX growing as a sport, more bikers are using the 13,000-square-foot haven. When the park opened in 2003, there

were only a couple of bikers using the park. Now there are up to 20 bikers trying to use the park at one time along with the

skateboarders, said Chris Beth of the Redwood City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The biggest problem, Beth said, is with beginning skaters not understanding the flow of the park.

“Most times when there is a biker, they are with one of their buddies taking turns using the bowl. When there are problems

with the bikes getting in the way, it is usually with beginning skaters not knowing when to go or dropping in the bowl without

waiting until the biker is done,” said Beth.

A majority of skateboarders don’t mind the bikers. Many of the riders are friends and use the park as a refuge to meet

people that share the same interests.

Sean Sieling, 17, of San Carlos is a regular.

“It is the perfect place to go to stay out of trouble. I love the park and I love the people. Biking is like a way of life. The

park gives me a chance to hang out with people that do the same thing as me,” said Sieling.

Other bikers were concerned about the lack of community that comes with banning bikers from the park.

“This is a community for riders. The law doesn’t allow bikes to be part of the community because it is illegal for us to be

there. The city needs to legalize bikes or create another park that the biking community can use,” said Mikey Clark, a 16-

year-old biker who uses the park almost every day.

A common theme among the bikers and skaters was skate park etiquette. The riders noted experienced nonlocals

unfamiliar with the park’s routine. There are certain spots along the bowls that are safe entry spots. Collisions happen when

an experienced rider does a high-flying trick at the wrong place and time. The riders urged each other to be more aware of

their surroundings and help riders who do not understand the park’s flow.

Unsupervised children running around the park was another common concern. They use the bowls and ramps as slides and

are in the way of the riders.

Many riders suggested ways to improve the park outside of the biking/skating problem. Lights and a net that catches the

balls from the neighboring softball field were desired commodities. Riders also wanted to reduce the amount of smoking,

whether cigarettes or marijuana, that takes place within the park.

The riders agreed that collisions are inevitable but that communication was needed to improve the riding conditions. Some

skaters were not open to allowing bikers until the problem is resolved.

“If I get hurt by a bike that is there illegally, is Redwood City going to pay for my medical bills?” asked one skater.

Aguirre said it is the council’s priority to find a solution.

“I see that you all have a passion for this. We all want to make this better. We want to build a community. Our job is to

make this coexist. This is the council’s number one issue,” said Aguirre.

Council Member Ian Bain


Bodybuilder Files $5 Million Claim

he diabetic bodybuilder clubbed and arrested in April by Redwood City police who allegedly mistook

Tinsulin shock for intoxication filed a $5 million civil rights claim against the city.

Doug Burns, the reigning Mr. Natural Universe, claims a loss of $2 million in economic damages and $3

million noneconomic damages, according to the July 24 claim filed with the Redwood City city clerk.

“This man lost out of speaking engagement and training, not to mention the lingering pain he has,” said

attorney Don Galine.

Burns, 43, claims violation of his civil rights, battery, assault, Americans with Disabilities Act violations,

false imprisonment and invasion of privacy.

The city has 45 days to accept or deny the claim. If the claim is denied, Burns can file a lawsuit.

The claim is not a surprise and neither is its dollar amount because claimants seeking anything greater

than $25,000 do not have to state a specific figure, said Redwood City City Attorney Stan Yamamoto.

The City Council will agendize the claim by its Sept. 10 meeting, Yamamoto said, adding that the

outcome is up to the members.

“My sense is that we will take a hard look at it,” Yamamoto said.

Burns did not rule out civil action against Redwood City after prosecutors dropped the misdemeanor

criminal charges lodged following the police tussle but said he hoped instead to work with law enforcement.

Galine was uncertain what propelled Burns to consider a lawsuit but said his ongoing physical ailments

are likely a factor as well as a desire to push diabetes training for officers.

“He had no alcohol on his breath and I’d hope the police would know how to recognize a drunk over a

diabetic,” Galine said.

As first reported in the Daily Journal April 3, Burns was at the new Century Theatres in downtown

Redwood City two days prior when he felt his blood sugar dropping. Burns has been diagnosed with type I

diabetes for 35 years, is a board member of the American Diabetes Association and frequently speaks as a

health and fitness expert at diabetes and medical conferences. He normally wore a 24-hour insulin pump but

was transitioning to a new medication.

Burns said his vision grew so blurry he couldn’t read, and he headed to the snack bar for food. A security

guard later told police Burns was wobbly and unstable on his feet and wouldn’t reply to his questions.

Thinking Burns was intoxicated, the guard walked him outside and told him to leave. When Burns didn’t,

the guard called police to report his loitering.

Burns’ last memories of the evening were of being on the sidewalk in front of the theater, wrestling with

four officers and hearing police dogs. He regained consciousness at the San Mateo Medical Center with

mace on his shirt and glucose paste on his face.

Redwood City police reported a slightly different version with Burns lunging at one officer, pushing him

to the ground with both hands and taking a fighting stance. One officer cut a finger and a sergeant hurt his

right shoulder. The injury is expected to keep him from work for six months.

Burns has a MedicAlert bracelet but it was not on his wrist. A medical test confirmed Burns’ low blood

sugar, but he was cited by police and released on his own recognizance after being taken to the hospital.

The fact is Mr. Burns assaulted our officer,” Redwood City police Capt. Chris Cesena told the Daily

Journal following the arrest. “If he had just stood there and let us help him maybe they would have called the

medics if he didn’t seem to fit the description of being under the influence. All that changes when the subject

wants to attack an officer.”

Cesena conceded uncertainty of what training officers receive to identify and handle diabetic individuals.

Prosecutors followed through with the arrest, formally charging Burns days later and setting a trial date.

The District Attorney’s Office never discounted the possibility of dropping the case but wanted sufficient

proof of his “viable unconsciousness” in hand first.

On May 30, prosecutors formally dismissed the charges after an endocrinologist evaluated the medical

records and could not rule out diabetic shock.

Burns met the decision with relief and a sense of vindication.

Redwood City’s ‘Sequoia SweetTarts’ is a

Ginny Ebert

Red Hat Society President


had never heard of the Red Hat Society until my husband, Doug, came home from a Reno convention

toting a gift for me — a purple T-shirt that sported a blazing red logo across its chest with the words “Red

Hat Society.” While in Reno, he had noticed three or four women playing the quarter slots who were dressed

in purple and wearing red hats, laughing noisily and enjoying themselves immensely. Curious, he asked the

ladies why they were dressed in purple and red. They responded that they belonged to the Red Hat Society.

Oh. So, he asked, what is the Red Hat Society? Friendly and helpful, they told him it was an organization for

“women of a certain age,” i.e., for those whose vintage was 50 years of age and over. (For those hatters-inwaiting

who are under 50, pink hats and lavender clothing are in order.) The Red Hat Society’s philosophy is

heavily based on a poem by Jenny Joseph titled “Warning”:

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick flowers in other people’s gardens

And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

Or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

acquaintances expressed interest in starting our very own chapter, we decided to go for it. Thus, the Sequoia

SweetTarts chapter was born on Feb. 11, 2006, at a luncheon at Marie Callender’s in Los Altos. And, as the

saying goes, the rest is history. I began to live and think like a quote from Mae West: “Too much of a good

thing is wonderful.” All it actually takes to start a chapter is three or four fun-loving women. When other

ladies see you decked out in your red and purple and having a great time, word will spread faster than jungle


Each Red Hat chapter is different. Some prefer to meet over lunch every month. The SweetTarts are an

eclectic, energetic bunch who thrive on variety. Our activities have included some luncheons but are not

restricted to them. We have also enjoyed a tea, bowling, facials (given by one of our members who just

happens to be an acupuncturist), flea marketing (or shall I say “glee marketing”?), miniature golfing, wine

tasting, a play in the city, an Elvis party and a visit to Filoli Gardens, and have delighted in the adventure of

learning how to play bocce ball. Like mutant flamingos, we strut our stuff with our purple clothes, red hats,

rhinestones, sequins and feather boas. It’s our time to shine, and we’re just girls who wanna have fun. As a

certain Red Hat saying goes, “There’s no such thing as too much bling.” To commemorate our first birthday,

we threw ourselves a party to celebrate the wonderfulness of being us. We’re off to Bay Meadows in early

August, and later in the month we’ll be getting together for a potluck. Our chapter has no rules other than to

wear the colors and to exercise simple etiquette — RSVPs to events are mandatory.

The Red Hat Society is the perfect retreat for women who have been there and back. This is the “back”

part. Sort of like dessert. We have raised children, endured hardships, suffered losses and worked hard.

We have given. We now feel entitled to reserve the time to luxuriate in our own laughter, allow ourselves

to giggle, blow soap bubbles, play dress-up, have slumber parties, eat fried peanut butter and banana

sandwiches Elvis style (as well as lots of chocolate), chew bubble gum and start our meals by eating dessert

first if we so please. We’re all about relishing a second childhood — and for those who never really had the

joy of truly experiencing a first one, being able to finally do it now. It’s all about rekindling old friendships,

cultivating new ones, being old enough to know better and still young enough to do it anyway. It’s a solace

from every day worries and problems, a respite from the humdrum, a social “happening.”

Our very own special SweetTarts recipe: Mix friendship, frolic and fun until well blended; stir in

generous amounts of laughter, camaraderie, mischief and affection. Bake with TLC in a warm atmosphere.

Top it off with as much chocolate as you want, and serve.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

And pay our rent and not swear in the street

And set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

After listening to his story, my interest was piqued. These ladies sure sounded like my kind of women! Upon

browsing the Internet I found the RHS Web site,, and read the history of how, why,

when and where it all started. This search segued into yet another one on the Web site itself for a chapter to

join. I found a wonderful chapter in San Carlos, of which I’m still a member to this day, and signed up for a

luncheon and wine tasting party. I went in “cold,” not knowing anyone, but my discomfort was soon thrown

to the wind once we all started to chat. After attending a second “hoot,” I was hooked. I wanted more Red Hatting.

I searched for more open chapters but was discouraged to find that either my inquiries were met by dead

silence or most of the other chapters in my area were closed to new members. When some of my friends and

Shop Redwood City : It’s All Right Here!

The Spectrum Magazine has been out in our community, using businesses that not only provide excellent

service but also contribute to our community. This month, we’ve added comments from actual clients of our

Best of the Best businesses.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – “Been using these guys and gals for a couple years now; they are a

winner to me. Their personal service is a rare find.

“In the space of two months, about a year ago, I had to fully re-tire both cars, and they were very helpful

and not condescending in reviewing my preliminary choices. In one case they recommended a different tire

that I went with, and in the other case they special-ordered the tires I wanted. I’ve been very happy with both

sets of tires.

“I’ve since been back for tire repairs; one they could fix and another that had to be replaced. (Yep, it was

the special-order one.)

“Installation is completed as promised. If it’s a same-day job, I love to kill time at Big Lots kitty-corner, so

I have no problem hanging around. They also have a comfortable waiting area and lots of 49ers memorabilia

to ogle. (I wish they’d use UV-resistant cases for their footballs. It pains me to see signatures of the greats

fading away!) “They will be my first and only stop when I need to re-tire again!”

Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – “We ate there last night after a decent hike, so we had built up our appetites!

Lots of different burgers to choose from, as well as other sandwiches, daily specials, pizzas, etc. Good place

to go when you are hungry. Not so good if trying to diet. Everything just sounds yummy.

“I had the mushroom burger and it was very good. And the fries were incredibly delicious. Four of us shared

two baskets and there was not a fry left safe. Could be some of the best fries I’ve had in a long, long time

and I love french fries.

“And I love all of the 49ers and football stuff they have everywhere. Probably an awesome place to watch

a game, but two words: bigger TVs! Would definitely go back here. Oh, and the bathroom was clean and wellstocked

— girls like that!”

Diving Pelican Cafe – 650 Bair Island Road, Suite 102 – “The one word that describes the Diving Pelican is

this: comfortable. There are not many restaurants where I feel comfortable dining alone — this is one. Grab

a book, order a salad and a cup of coffee, and sit on the patio overlooking the water. Depending on the time

of year, you’ll see pelicans, ducks, grebes and all sorts of other waterfowl. A few weeks ago, I saw about 200

cormorants hit the water and begin diving — amazing sight! I once saw a young, curious harbor seal not far

from me.

“I prefer their salads for lunch. My favorite is the Mediterranean — three or four kinds of greens in season,

a nice light dressing, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, crispy croutons, freshly grilled chicken and green chiles.

For breakfast I usually have an omelet — cheddar cheese, spinach, sometimes onions.

“Another great breakfast is the Eggs Bennett. (Bennett and Jancy are the owners.) Eggs Bennett is their

version of Eggs Benedict, using a freshly made Hollandaise sauce over two poached eggs with smoked ham

on whole wheat English muffins. Breakfasts are served with home-fried potatoes, which I don’t care for

— you can substitute sliced tomatoes or fruit.

“I have also enjoyed their turkey hash, topped by a poached egg, with a small salad on the side. This is

truly a very comfortable, laid-back, warm and friendly place to enjoy a meal.”

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

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. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There are okay restaurants.

Then there are those places, the magic ones, those extra-special kinds that have an intangible special something,

a convergence of food, personality and vibe that can never be created or forced; it just happens because it does,

and you always come back again and again because the food doesn’t just taste good and satisfy hunger, but

helps heal the heart and soul. Manoj Chopra’s Little India is one of those places. I’ve tried a number of other

Indian restaurants in the area, and some are better than others, but this place has The Vibe. I can’t really describe it

any other way, the food doesn’t just taste good, it feels good.

“Practical specifics: The appetizers are great (the spicy wings especially are fantastic and will definitely

wake you up). The dal is uniformly excellent. The various curries are always good (Manoj varies the specific

recipes from day to day, always offering different variations). The tikka masala chicken is an all-time favorite.

Heck, what can I say; it’s all good! And don’t forget the mango lassi! “Go. Eat. Be happy.”

Lutticken’s Deli and Catering – 3535 Alameda – “Near the Dutch Goose, on Alameda de las Pulgas, a

short jaunt away from Sand Hill/Junipero Serra/Alpine Road area in Menlo Park.

“Absolutely delicious and generous sandwiches. I tried their turkey and avocado, and boy, was I excited

when they used a whole half of an avocado and carved up an actual oven-roasted turkey for my sandwich! In

terms of volume, think maybe 30 percent more than what you’d get at Subway, and in terms of quality, think

100 percent better. For about the same price of $6.

“Eat inside or at the tables outside; just a nice, straight-up family place for a good lunch. You can also

get drinks and sides, though I stuck with water and skipped the french fries/mozzarella stick offerings. Will

have to try them next time.”

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway – “Margaritas is a solid Mexican restaurant on the

corner of Broadway and Jefferson, and they just added an outdoor eating area, which will be really great

once construction wraps up in the downtown area. Their chips and salsa are great, and their agua fresca

selections vary and are usually really good. Margaritas became one of my favorites this summer simply

because their taco salads are so ginormous and tasty. But the true standout on their lunch specials menu is

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

New Kapadokia – 2399 Broadway – “I came here with my co-worker for lunch, and I was amazed at the

quality of the food and reasonable pricing. The service is 5 stars — the host was very friendly and attentive,

educating us about the different types of food they have and even the symbolism of the food.

“I decided on a big cup of delicious lentil soup and the lunch wrap: a doner sandwich with tahini sauce,

onions, tomatoes and parsley wrapped in lavas bread. My co-worker, a vegetarian, had the eggplant on a

sizzling platter. The food was excellent — flavorful, and you can taste that the chef put time in preparing

and making the food.

“It was also very relaxing to have Turkish coffee after the food — a small cup of very strong and good

coffee. The waiter also gave us a taste of the baklava (two pieces) — layers of flaky filo dough filled with

crushed walnuts, baked and brushed with a homemade simple syrup flavored with lemon. Delicious.

“I would definitely come back here — such a charming place. It reminded me of the lazy summers in Italy.”


Arthur Murray Dance Studio – 2065 Broadway – Put a little fun in your life; try dancing! 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,

cha-cha, 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. 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 is still closing loans, although

it has become a bit challenging. The real estate market is not going away; it is simply correcting as it goes

through a reality phase. Now more than ever you need an experienced and reliable mortgage broker who

understands what is taking place in the market. Unlike a traditional bank, Carini is able to quickly resubmit

your packages as bank guidelines tighten and they cannot accommodate your needs.

Her commitment to you is as follows: She will shop for the best pricing from many different sources; she

will re-submit your client’s loan if necessary; she will offer excellent customer service; she will keep you

well informed of any changes; and she will close your loan on a timely basis. Carini’s ability to place loans

with over 50 lenders is the edge you need in this changing market. 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 Amann, who manages the 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. Create your financial portfolio now!

Personal Improvement:

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

and able to address my aches and sore muscles effectively. It is different from the light, cookie-cutter

massages that sometimes appear in so many spas. The place itself is clean and unassuming. The establishment had

a homey feel. I would recommend this place for anyone who wants a good therapeutic massage.”

Re:Juvenate Skin Care – 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 – 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 health care industry and over 10 years in the field of aesthetics. Both have lived and worked in

the community for the majority of those years. 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.


Lulu’s – 846 Main St. – Lulu’s is the latest and most unique gift store to open in downtown Redwood City.

Owner Nancy Radcliffe has taken 24 years of design experience to create a collection of cards and gifts

intermingled with eclectic antique pieces, all affordably priced. In addition, Lulu’s carries everything from

baby gifts that put a smile on your face to whimsical candles. Pamper your dog or cat or find that perfect

hostess gift.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He crafted a ring

on time and on budget after I had a horrible experience at another local jeweler. He has an incredible eye for

detail. I can’t say enough. I would never go anywhere else.”

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Founder Rick Lewis started 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, energy and

services today and in the future. Call and ask about their Spectrum special. You can get 100 square feet of

carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today and make your house or living space luxurious!

Cultural Events

Music on the Square

Free concerts on Friday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. in

downtown Redwood City’s beautiful new Courthouse Square

on Broadway.

Sept. 7 • Freesound (reggae, funky grooves, rock ’n’ blues)

Their original music covers rock, soul, blues, funk and roots.

The music draws from the masters of the past — like Led

Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley — and sounds of

today, like Ben Harper and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Sept. 14 • Garrick Davis (blues, funk, folk)

A masterful guitarist with a powerful baritone singing voice.

Experience Garrick’s great stage presence as he sings songs

of wisdom, songs of dues-paying, songs of experience and,

ultimately, songs of winning the struggle.

Sept. 21 • La Ventana (salsa rock)

Latin rock doesn’t get any better then La Ventana.

Originating from the arts waterfall and cultural explosion of

San Francisco, La Ventana cruise to a Spanish-flavored mix

of pop, rock and soul.

Sept. 28 • Jessie Turner Band (contemporary folk rock)

Smoothly gliding back and forth between comparisons to Tori

Amos and Bonnie Raitt, Jessie Turner shapes a niche of her

own, blending tight four-piece grooves, trip-hop sensibilities,

delicious harmonies and sharp songwriting.

Dancing on the Square

Join in the downtown dance party every Thursday night

this summer, as professional dancers demonstrate and

teach a variety of cool (and hot!) dances. It’s all right here

in Courthouse Square from 6 to 8 p.m., where everyone is


Sept. 6 — Swing dancing with Joe Ferrari Big Band

Sept. 13 — Salsa dancing with Orquestra Pacheco and Vera


Redwood City’s First

Friday Art Walk

Art walks are the first Friday of every month, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Next featured day: Oct. 5

The art walk is an initiative to further bring culture and

festivities to Redwood City. Art walks feature a wide

range of art including watercolor, oil, glass work, plaster

cast, drawing, Chinese calligraphy, murals, mixed media,

assemblage, photography, book arts, jewelry design, dry

leaves mural, banana fiber and recycled cardboard plates, and

paintings on recycled coffee filter canvas.

Bazaar Brazil brings over 30 projects from different artisans

in Brazil. Gallery 2611 will have a group show of local

artists, featuring musican Garrick Davis. Redwood City Art

Center features 33 artists, along with guest artists in the front

gallery. The Main Gallery has a cooperative of 22 members.

Skateworks will feature local skateboarding art. Together,

we are bringing life and culture to Redwood City. For more

information please contact Joyce Faulknor at 650-364-2611.

Redwood City’s Second

Annual Our Town –

Downtown Community


Saturday, Sept. 22, 12 to 8 p.m.

At Courthouse Square, on Broadway, on Theatre Way and on

Main Street

The second annual Our Town – Downtown event is a funfilled

day of great activities, music and entertainment, food,

beverages and a wonderful time for the entire family.

16th Annual Artistry in


Professional Designer Sale and Student Fashion Show

Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cañada College

4200 Farm Hill Road

Fashion Show is at 1 p.m. in the Main Theatre (no late

seating). Refreshments available throughout the day.

$8 donation at the door benefits our fashion design students

with scholarships. Free parking.

This is a fun, inspiring event where you meet professional

designers and shop through an array of one-of-a-kind pieces,

including clothing, hats, handbags, jewelry and more.

San Mateo County History


2200 Broadway


$2–$4; free for children ages 5 and under

Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The museum is located in the Old Courthouse with its historic

dome. Its collections include horse-drawn carriages, models,

railroads from Caltrans and the Ocean Shore Railroad, relics

from San Mateo’s past and lithographic art dating from 1875.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Great Rotunda – The stained-glass dome of the rotunda

thought to be the largest in a Pacific Coast public building is

the architectural highlight of the museum building.

Courtroom A – The oldest courtroom in San Mateo

County has been restored to its appearance in 1910.

Nature’s Bounty – This exhibit gallery explores how the

oldest people of the Peninsula used the natural resources of

the area and how these resources were used to help build San

Francisco after the discovery of gold in 1849.

Journey to Work – This exhibit gallery shows how

transportation transformed San Mateo County from a frontier

to suburbs.

Carriage Display – An exhibit of the museum’s 30 horsedrawn


Charles Parsons Gallery – An exhibit of the 23 historical

model ships created by Charles Parsons of San Carlos.

Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement – The Atkinson

Meeting Room includes the Walter Moore Law Enforcement

Collection of historic badges.

San Mateo County History Makers: Entrepreneurs Who

Changed the World – The exhibit chronicles the entrepreneurs

who made San Mateo County internationally known.

Land of Opportunity – The exhibit tells the story of the

diverse people who came to the area and explores how

different groups faced hardships and discrimination.

Living the California Dream – The exhibit depicts the

development of the suburban culture of San Mateo County.

Special Exhibits

The Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economic Miracle (ongoing)

The exhibit explores how the Bay Area has participated in

Ireland’s current economic boom.

Service Before Self: 100 Years of Rotary (through Oct.

13) – Items on display include memorabilia, photography

and videos related to the activities of local Rotary clubs of

District 5150.

Little Fox

2209 Broadway, downtown

Info and tickets 650-369-4119

Tickets also available at and at the Fox Theatre

Box Office

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Thursday, Sept. 6, 8 p.m.

$16 adv./$18 door

Legend is not always loud. Particularly in the beneath-theradar

substreams of American folk music and bluegrass, it

is bestowed more by whispered word-of-mouth, over years

and decades, than by the hurried hype and ballyhoo of the

pop mainstream. You can’t measure Laurie Lewis’ 30-year

career with the usual commercial yardsticks. She has won

a Grammy (“True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe,”

1997) and twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year by

the IBMA.

Dance! The Cheeseballs

Friday, Sept. 7, 9 p.m.

$18 adv./$20 door

The Cheeseballs. The name says it all: groovy, funky,

danceable fun! Just ask the tens of thousands of fans who

have already experienced them. They will tell you stories of

standing on the bar singing “I Will Survive” at the top of their

lungs or dancing so hard to “We Are Family” that getting

out of bed the next day was quite an event. That’s what the

Cheeseballs do; they make you “Shake Your Booty” like it

hasn’t been shaken in years.

CD Release Party! Hot for Teacher

— A Tribute to Van Halen plus

Generation Swine — A Tribute to

Mötley Crüe

Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

The San Francisco Bay Area’s premier Van Halen tribute

band, Hot for Teacher, is ready to rock hard in 2007! Formed

in 1999 to showcase Van Halen’s David Lee Roth–era hits,

Hot for Teacher has been relentlessly performing throughout

the western United States, generating a following of

dedicated fans and amazed concert-goers wherever they

showcase with their nonstop, high energy, kick-ass rock ’n’

roll circus!

Sponsored by Gelb Music

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Free admission!

Join John Boutell 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. Thanks to its huge success, the

Jam now meets every Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bring

your friends!

Herb Ohta Jr. with David Kamkahi

and Jon Yamasato

Thursday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m.

$16 adv./$18 door

Herb Ohta Jr., ukulele master, composer, instructor, producer

and entertainer, has recorded and performed with Hawaiian

music’s best. Touring to promote his long-awaited seventh

solo release, he is well anticipated in ukulele and Hawaiian

music circles both in the U.S. and in Japan. As his last awardwinning

project, Herb will feature original compositions as

well as contemporary and Hawaiian favorites.

Destroyer — Tribute to Kiss,

Children of the Damned — Tribute

to Iron Maiden, Ry Kihn Band, Terry


Friday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

Ruling over San Francisco for over 13 years, Destroyer has

opened for the real Kiss and Gwar, and has also been written

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about in Rolling Stone, Spin and even Metal Edge magazines! The exciting and thrilling tribute

show to the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world is a show not to miss. Even Peter Criss’ first

wife flew from New York to see these guys do their show.

Led Zeppelin LIVE! starring Heartbreaker plus Modern

Day Cowboy — A Tribute to Tesla

Saturday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m.

$14 adv./$16 door

There are other tribute acts who attempt to replicate Led Zeppelin’s music, but only

Heartbreaker can perform the full range of Led Zeppelin LIVE! on stage, including the most

complex and challenging songs that Led Zeppelin themselves recorded in the studios and

performed for a live audience. No other rendition of Zeppelin’s music rivals this level of


32nd San Francisco Stand-up International Comedy


Round 1

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m.

$13 adv./$15 door

Round 1 of the most prestigious comedy competition on the planet. Comedy producers Anne

and Jon Fox have dedicated their lives to discovering talented young comedians who they

believe will be the stars of tomorrow. Alumni of their event include legendary names like San

Carlos native Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres and Robin Williams. More recent participants

who are currently seen on television include Carlos Alazraqui of “Reno 911” and Dane Cook of


Sponsored by Wette Music

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

Free admission!

Join Dave Workman 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. Thanks

to its huge success, the Jam now meets every Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bring your friends!

Coco Montoya

Friday, Sept. 21, 9 p.m.

$14 adv./$16 door

Coco Montoya is among the most recognized modern blues guitarists playing today. He was

introduced to the blues by the great guitarist Albert Collins, who hired him as his drummer.

Collins taught the youngster guitar and, armed with his experiences, Montoya has gone on to

become one of the strongest modern blues talents touring today. Montoya has developed his

own style, which fits in somewhere between Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Big Daddy Sunshine, Tin Man, Sweet Talk

Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m.

$14 adv./$16 door

Big Daddy Sunshine was formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005 with the mission to

entertain crowds with a high-energy show playing live modern rock covers from the 90s and

today. When you come to a show you’ll hear music from INXS, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the

Cure, 3 Doors Down, Matchbox 20, Incubus, Fuel, Bush, Cake, REM, Nirvana, Stone Temple

Pilots and more. Also some classic, serious dance/funk music thrown in to get you up and


32nd San Francisco Stand-up International Comedy


Round 2

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m.

$13 adv./$15 door

Round 2 of the most prestigious comedy competition on the planet. Comedy producers Anne

and Jon Fox have dedicated their lives to discovering talented young comedians who they believe

will be the stars of tomorrow. Alumni of their event include legendary names like San Carlos

native Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres and Robin Williams. More recent participants who are

currently seen on television include Carlos Alazraqui of “Reno 911” and Dane Cook of “Tourgasm.”

Jeff Scott Soto

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m.

$16 adv./$18 door

Jeff Scott Soto is an American rock singer best known for being vocalist on Yngwie Malmsteen’s

first two albums, his involvement providing the lead voice for the movie “Rock Star” and more

recently his tenure with the legendary Journey. Jeff replaced Steve Augeri in 2006 when Augeri

went down with a throat infection. Eventually Jeff became the official singer, but earlier this

year the band and he parted ways due to both parties heading different directions.

Sponsored by Wette Music

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, Sept 26, 7 p.m.

Free admission!

Join Steve Gurr 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. Thanks to its

huge success, the Jam now meets every Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bring your friends!

Zoo Station — The Ultimate U2 Experience, Sing Blue

Silver — Tribute to Duran Duran, Japanese Baby —

Tribute to the Cure

Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

The mountains of Red Rocks give way to the fields of Slane Castle, where U2 has been building

musical monuments for decades. At the heart of the U2 phenomenon is the power and energy

of their live performances. This same passion can now be found in the live shows of the Bay

Area’s own Zoo Station, the complete U2 experience! Founded in January 2002, Zoo Station

has been steadily making a name for itself in the Bay Area music scene.



The Spectrum



A Minute With Patricia Howe

Patricia Howe was born in Union City and currently lives in Fremont. She and her husband,

Tom, have been married for eight years. They have two children: daughter Chris and son

Marcus. They also have six grandchildren.

She is our current city clerk, a position appointed by the City Council. The city clerk is

responsible for facilitating the business proceedings of the City Council and fulfilling legal

requirements as set forth in the city charter, city codes and state law. The Office of the

City Clerk conducts all city elections and administers campaign and financial disclosure

laws. She is set to retire this December after serving our community for nine years.

What is the best part of being the city clerk?

Working with people.

Will you miss Redwood City?

Yes! Feeling more and more like that as the time ticks


Excited for this November’s City Council race?

Yes. I am excited about every council race.

One word to describe your experience in Redwood City?


What historical figure do you most identify with?

Rosa Parks — speaking up and taking a stand.

Which living person do you most admire?

Hillary Clinton — her determination.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My father, Joe. I respect him more and more each day.

Favorite song?

“Imagine” by John Lennon.

What is your most treasured possession?

A letter I received from a friend years ago. It has huge

personal meaning and I read it from time to time.

What talent would you most like to have?

To sing. I am lousy; I have heard myself.

Something no one knows about you?

I was very shy as a child.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what

would it be?

To wake up every morning on a positive note and carry

it through each day.

What words or phrases do you most overuse?

Exactly and perfect.

If you could choose what to come back as, what

would it be?

A star in the sky.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Good health for loved ones and those I care about.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising my two children to be responsible adults.

What is your greatest regret?

I don’t have any. Why would one if they are happy?

What or who is the love of your life?

My husband.

What is your motto?

Do the best you can — don’t beat yourself up.

Any last words to Redwood City?

It has been a wonderful ride. I hope the person that

takes my place has the values and respect for the position

that I do.

New Year, New Team - CaÑada Soccer in the Hunt for the Top Spot


n a perfect world, the Cañada men’s soccer team would build off last

year’s 13-5-5 record, a third-place finish in the Coast Conference and an

appearance in the northern California playoffs, where the Colts lost on

penalty kicks in the second round of the tournament.

But with community college sports being what they are, that is not

the case. In fact, the Colts will essentially start over for the 2007 season.

Despite losing the team’s top six scorers from last season — several

of whom are ineligible — and returning only one starter, coach Kurt

Devlin doesn’t see why his team can’t compete for a playoff spot this


“We’ll be right in the hunt,” Devlin said. “We have the guys to

compete for the top spots.”

The cupboard is not as barren as it looks. Yes, the Colts have only

one returning starter — midfielder Dima Wyman (Hillsdale) — but

a handful of other players saw significant playing time last season.

Defenders Eric Cortez (Hillsdale) and Alex Alvarez (Sequoia), along

with midfielders Yvan Trevino (Hillsdale) and Michael Pleitez

(Hillsdale) and forward Manuel Padilla (Half Moon Bay) were all

part of the Colts squad last season and should see even more time on

the field this year. Devlin won’t say they will be sure-fire starters but

acknowledges they’ll definitely be in the mix.

They should have the inside track [to start],” Devlin said. “Either

way, they’ll see significant playing time.”

A few players are also making their return following a sabbatical

from the game. Christian Lyssand, a Woodside graduate, played for a

year with the Colts in 2004, went off to a four-year school and is now

back for his second year with Cañada. Joining him is older brother Sven,

who was an all-conference place kicker for the College of San Mateo

football team in 2003. California community college rules state that

students have two years of eligibility in any sport they have not played

at the college level. Sven Lyssand saw an opportunity to play with his

younger brother.

Better yet, both can play. The Lyssand family and soccer are

synonymous on the Peninsula.

They should provide some good, wide play for us,” Devlin said.

“Those guys are into it. They want to work and they want to play. With

their work rate and attitude, the other players will feed off it.”

Former Carlmont standout Mike Pessah is another of those older

players who is returning to the Colts after a two-year hiatus. He played

outside fullback in his first year with the Colts but now he wants to play

up top as a striker.

“He’s been finishing [scoring] in practice. We have to give him a

hard look up top,” Devlin said. “The good thing is, he’s interchangeable

[with another position].”

That’s precisely what Devlin is looking for — flexibility. He said if

players want to move on to a four-year school to play soccer, they need

to be willing to play other positions than the ones they’re used to —

unless they are a complete stud, and in that case they probably wouldn’t

be at the community college level to begin with.

The goal for these guys is they should look to play at a higher level.

To do that, they should be able to play at least two positions,” Devlin

said. “They have to look to be complete players.”

While the returning players give the Colts a solid foundation, Devlin

is looking to a handful of key newcomers to really help the team out.

Leonardo Renderos (Westmoor) and his club team recently won the

national championship and Devlin is excited about his play.“He’s a

freakin’ stud,” Devlin said. “He knows what’s going on.”

Joining Renderos are two players from the East Bay — Juan Carlos

Estrada (Oakland) and Jesus Lopez (San Lorenzo). Both play for Club

America in Redwood City — a satellite academy for one of the strongest

teams in the Mexican league.

Other key newcomers include center midfielder George Mendoza

(Sequoia) and forward Marko Brekalo (Hillsdale). The goalkeeping

duties fall to Joey Gomez (Carlmont), who has big shoes to fill

following Jorge Rosales, who is on scholarship at San Diego State.

Devlin’s only question is what kind of team he has. Devlin admits

Cañada teams have never been super strong defensively, and he would

rather play a wide-open style anyway.

“For us to have any success, we need to be a good ball-possession

team,” Devlin said. “We try to be the team that’s not on our heels all the

time and be the team that presses the attack.

“I’ve always liked the wide-open game. I’d rather see a 5-4 game

than a 1-nothing game. It’s more attractive and more fun for the kids.”

Above: Sophomore midfielder Dima Wyman, left, is the

only returning starter for Cañada this season. He should

be a focal point of the offense this season.

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