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There is no in-between”

Chuck Smith

Ethics and values with

a w h o l e e f f o r t

A Redwood City youth

triumphs over tragedy

You never know

who will become

your best “FINN”

Politics and reality

in “As I Was Saying . . .”


The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

April 2006

Vol 2, No. 7

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

penna@spectrummagazine.net

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

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Robby Schumacher

Contributing Writer

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Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

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Katherine Ehat, Nick Markwith

Student Writers

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Dale McKee, Damaris Divito

Graphic Artists

Clayton Shyne Ramos

Sales Associate

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DJ Design

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Welcome to the April issue of The Spectrum

Magazine. This month we have an exciting array of

stories and profiles we hope you will enjoy reading.

Our cover story is on former prosecutor and now defense

attorney Chuck Smith. He was very candid in his interview

with Robby Schumacher, and reading about his dedication to

his profession is inspiring.

Check out Publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying

…,” for some interesting tidbits on upcoming elections and a

surprise wedding involving two popular council members.

Our business profile this month is on Mexquite Restaurant

and Cantina. Formerly OK Maguey, the upscale eatery has

gone through some impressive remodeling and is drawing a

large lunch and dinner crowd. The owners are excited about

the changes and they are proving to be a great addition to the

new downtown Redwood City.

Our youth writer from Woodside High School introduces our

readers to another outstanding student who is making a difference

in our community. The Spectrum’s youth writer from

last year returned home for spring break and adds some

insight to coming home.

We also have stories on one girl’s “hair” sacrifice for others, a

look back at the 1906 earthquake and how Redwood City

was affected, and a profile on a business leader in our community.

We would like to thank our loyal advertisers for supporting

community news, and we encourage you to support them by

using their services when you can. They provide excellent

services, and many are helping our community by volunteering

and supporting our nonprofit groups.

We also encourage our readers to support community news

by filling out The Spectrum’s subscription form on page 36.

That way you will not miss an issue of The Spectrum and it

will be mailed to your home each month.

As The Spectrum continues to grow, we encourage you to

contact us about stories or events you think our readers will

enjoy hearing about. Until next month, Redwood City, enjoy

our community!

Table of

Contents

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

TERRY FINN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

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

DOWNTOWN REDWOOD CITY . . . . . . . . . . .27

LOCAL INTEREST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

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

FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

EARTHQUAKE MEMORIES . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

COVER STORY: CHUCK SMITH . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

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

STEP INTO OLD MEXICO . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

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On the day of the shoot, Smith had just completed the defense’s closing argument

in San Carlos Mayor Mike King’s “fire” fraud trial. Moments after the case was

presented to the jury, he sat down with The Spectrum’s Robby Schumacher for the

cover interview.

Shortly after, Penna and Cover Story Photographer James Kaspar joined the two.

Kaspar began snapping pictures the moment he walked in and captured Smith in

his “protected” environment. His office is scattered with the impression of a busy

man and decorated with photographic memories of his family, career and achievements.

Inside The Spectrum:

Our cover photo shoot

Photographer James Kaspar with cover subject Chuck Smith

There are very good legal prosecutors and there are very good defense attorneys.

Very seldom does one have the opportunity to meet a person who

possesses both qualities. This month’s cover subject, Charles (Chuck)

Smith, is such a person.

The Spectrum’s publisher, Steve Penna, called Smith and scheduled the photo

shoot for Thursday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at his law office on Marshall Street.

After weeks of endless rain, it was a bright, sunny day, so after the interview was

completed all four walked over to the public parking lot on Marshall Street. Penna

had scoped the area for a unique spot to capture Smith, and all were pleased with

the selection.

To represent both sides of Smith’s career, the group then walked a few blocks to

the County Center and then to the Maguire Facility. While doing so, Smith was

greeted and recognized by many and stopped to talk with each one.

During the entire hour-and-a-half shoot, the group felt tense while waiting for the

anticipated call that the jury had come to a decision. As everyone walked back to

Smith’s office and got to the front door, his phone rang. He said a quick goodbye

to all and let them know it was not the “jury” call. It apparently was just another

troubled person needing to speak with him.

Smith believes that everyone deserves proper legal representation. He has worked

equally hard to prosecute those he now defends. We honor him for his service to

our community and hope our readers will get a glimpse into the life of a truly

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TERRY COULD BE YOUR BEST “FINN” EVER

bail will

be posted

“OK,

and you

will be out of jail today.

Jay [not his real name],

your friend, will be

down there to pick you

up in the lobby of the

jail. Have you been nice

to the deputies? Then

you should have no

problem after the [bail]

bond is posted. And

stay away from your

wife. She has a restraining

order and you’ll just

end up back in jail,

with an even higher

bond next time. That

means no phone calls,

no drive-bys, nothing.

Just stay away from

her.”

That was one of several

phone calls that transpired

during an interview

with Terry Finn,

owner of Madonna’s

Bail Bonds, in a secondfloor

office at Winslow

and Marshall, across

the street from the

county jail, known as

the Maguire Correctional Facility. If for some reason

you end up in jail, a person like Finn is the

By Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

guy to give you your “get

out of jail” card, known

as a bail bond.

The concept of bail actually

started in medieval

England. A defendant

would be released for a

bail set by the local sheriff.

Abuses, corruption

and graft in the bail system

by sheriffs eventually

led English legislators

to adopt the Statute of

Westminster in 1275,

which tied certain

offenses to a respective

bail amount, taking bail

FINN WITH HIS CHOPPER

away from the discretion of

the sheriffs. In the early 1600s, King Charles I abused his lofty power and jailed

noblemen who refused to lend him money. King Charles refused bail, so

Parliament countered the king’s action with the Petition of Right of 1628, guaranteeing

that no man could be imprisoned without due process of law. Kings and

sheriffs overrode the new constraints by lengthy procedural delays. In turn,

Parliament passed the Habeas Corpus Act of 1677, which provided that a defendant

be informed if the alleged offense was bailable. Nothing capped the bail, so

the sheriffs and the kings simply made the bails excessive. This abuse was countered

by Parliament through the English Bill of Rights of 1689, which outlawed

excessive bail. Colonial America based its laws on English laws. After the Colonies

declared independence in 1776, the new legislators adopted Virginian constitutional

law with respect to the judicial system. James Madison drafted the Bill of

TERRY FINN WITH THE MADONNA’S BAIL BONDS VAN

Rights based on the Virginia Bill of Rights. When the federal, constitutional Bill

of Rights was ratified in 1791, the Eighth Amendment guaranteed every American

the right to bail.

Today, bail is a contractual

agreement

between a bail agent, a

surety (or insurance

company) and an

indemnitor (usually a

relative or close friend)

who will put up some

form of collateral, such

as a house or car, to

insure that the defendant

makes every single

court appearance.

The bail agent garners

a 10 percent fee for

arranging the bond. If

the defendant misses a

court appearance or

leaves town to avoid

prosecution, the bail

agent is entitled to

foreclose on the collateral

property to collect

the entire bail amount.

Finn serendipitously

found himself in the

business by way of a

series of business contacts

over the years. He

was born and raised in

Canada, though he

won’t say where. Bail

agents embrace their privacy. He did work in law

enforcement as a police officer and as a fire-fighting

bush pilot. He is

licensed to fly fixedwing

and rotor-wing

aircraft. Finn immigrated

to the United

States to attend San

Jose State University

in 1978. His summers

were spent flying helicopters

to help fight

fires in Canada. After

graduating with a

Bachelor of Science in

criminal justice, he followed

up by attending

Golden Gate Law School, but the demands of attending law school by night and

working during the day proved too much. His day job was law clerking at a firm

that dealt with insurance claims for aircraft companies. He said, “It was a lot of

reading, great reading, mind you, but a lot of reading. If I had to do it over, I’d

spend the time and do it.”

Finn decided to open his own investigation agency called Incognito Services in

1980, specializing in surveillance services and workers’ compensation fraud investigations.

He stated, “I worked for the law firm for several years, and then I went and joined

a group of investigators that did aviation insurance defense. Then I got together

with a bunch of investigators that did automotive product liability and insurance

defense. We had a very successful business for a good number of years. A friend of

mine down in the valley and I had gone to an investigators conference in Phoenix,

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and we were sitting outside in the back of the hotel. He said, ‘Hey Terry, I just got

into the bail bonds business; it’s great. I want to open an office in the Bay Area

somewhere, and I’d like you to run it for me.’ I said, ‘I don’t know anything about

bail.’ That was back in 1991, and all you had to do was take a test. There was no

training, no classes to prepare for the test. It was a hit or miss. I took the test and

I passed it.”

The business was hit or miss, the partnership waned, and Finn was busy working

in investigations for the insurance industry. After the partnership dissolved, Finn

found himself in the bail bonds business. It’s been that way ever since.

Outside of work, he enjoys an eclectic array of hobbies. He tackles every activity

to the fullest. He is not only a card-carrying member of the National Rifle

Association, but he is also an NRA-approved range safety officer educating people

in gun safety. Finn immersed himself into amateur, or ham, radio (call letters

AART), and he is currently the president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio

Association (PAARA), plus he teaches classes in ham licensing at the College of

San Mateo.

Finn also showcases his leadership talents by holding the office of president of

almost every professional organization to which he belongs, both regional and

state offices. As the current president of the San Mateo Bail Agents, he organized

the purchase of a Las Vegas-style currency-counting machine for the San Mateo

County Sheriff’s Office. He said, “The machine counts the money almost instantly

and can tell the difference between tens and twenties. It makes the shift change

at the jail so much faster since there is no more human counting of money. The

machine cost about $4,000.”

In 1999, Finn engineered the acquisition and donation of a computerized polygraph

machine for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. No longer does the

polygraph administrator have to read spiking motions of a pen on graph paper; a

computer monitors and preserves the entire test. This new machine is the standard

used by the FBI, the Department of Defense, and federal polygraphers.

Given that Finn is a leader, a teacher, a pilot and a ham, in the event you ever find

yourself on the wrong side of a set of jail bars, he could prove to be one of the best

friends you will ever meet.

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REDWOOD CITY STUDENT TRIUMPHS

University of San Francisco.

OVER ADVERSITY

Elizabeth Quintero has endured

tragedies in her home life of the scale

that headlines on the evening news.

Still, she has excelled in school, assisted

others and helped to pull her family together.

There is no doubt that her resilience and

positive attitude played a role in her being

selected as the Boys & Girls Clubs of the

Peninsula’s Youth of the Year. Elizabeth has

now advanced. At a recent, standing-roomonly

ceremony in Sacramento, she was

named the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s

Youth of the Year for the state of California.

This honor came on the same day that she

learned she had been accepted to the

The Youth of the Year program is an annual competition hosted by the Boys &

Girls Clubs of America, the national affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the

Peninsula, which has sites in Redwood City, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The

program, which has been sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation for 58

years, recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community

and Boys & Girls Club; academic excellence; and personal challenges and

obstacles overcome.

Elizabeth and her family live in Redwood City in a neighborhood often referred to

as low-income. Five years ago, Elizabeth was devastated when she learned that her

father had been stricken with a life-threatening and debilitating disease. “I was

constantly afraid that he would die,” she said. Thankfully he has survived, though

he is still disabled and often in pain. Still, Elizabeth is happy and grateful.

Four years ago Elizabeth’s home was burglarized, which made her feel violated and

unsafe. A year later her home burned to the ground. Elizabeth and her family lost

everything. With the assistance of the Red Cross, they moved into a hotel for two

weeks while they set about rebuilding their lives. Elizabeth again helped her family

adapt to this difficult situation with her seemingly undying humor and gratitude.

Even through these challenges, Elizabeth has grown from a child who suffered

from extreme social anxiety — which she refers to as shyness — to a young woman

who is a leader among her peers and an eager spokesperson. She gives much credit

to the Boys & Girls Clubs for who she is today. “Before I started coming to the

Clubs, I was shy and scared. I avoided making eye contact and couldn’t bring

myself to talk to new people even if they tried to talk to me. I was closed down.

All I would do was go to school and then go home and watch TV alone. Then a

friend invited me to the Boys & Girls Club. I was scared, but I committed to going

every day. Before I knew it, I made many friends and built up the confidence to

walk into a room and meet people.”

It was at that time that Elizabeth started to excel in school. She also started getting

involved in community service. She joined the Keystone Club, a leadership

and character-building initiative offered through the Boys & Girls Club. Through

Keystone she attended workshops on effective leadership skills, networking and

public speaking; she volunteered helping younger youth in the club’s academic

program; and she even went to the Keystone group’s national conference in Seattle

and presented to other youth. “I am grateful for who the club has helped me to

become. If I can do it, anyone can. The club is a positive place — for everybody.”

Elizabeth will now advance to the regional Youth of the Year competition. If successful

there, she and four other regional winners will then travel to Washington,

D.C., to compete for the title of the youth organization’s National Youth of the

Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship

and will be installed by President George W. Bush during a ceremony in the

Oval Office.

As the founding sponsor of the Youth of the Year program, the Reader’s Digest

Foundation has given nearly $8 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and 58

teens have been selected as National Youth of the Year.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula is a place where young people are welcome

every day after school as well as during the summer hours to participate in

a broad range of programs that inspire and enable them to achieve their full potential.

Founded in 1958, it is now the largest youth development organization on the

San Francisco Peninsula. Through clubhouses in the most challenged neighborhoods

of East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City, where half of the students

drop out of high school, over 2,300 youth find the safety, emotional support and

guidance all young people need. At each clubhouse a cadre of professional staff and

volunteers teaches valuable skills in a broad range of program areas including academics,

science and technology, social education, athletics, smart moves, and visual

and performing arts. Many of these programs are offered in partnership with

local schools and other community organizations. For more information visit

www.bgcp.org.

WILDCAT TRACK SEASON IS GOING

TO BE QUIETER NEXT YEAR

By Nick Markwith

Student Writer

It’s a normal Thursday track meet, nothing special. The last race of the meet,

the mile relay, is just about to begin. In realization of this fact, senior Kristien

Van Vlasselaer jumps out of her warm and comfortable seat and sprints to the

edge of the track, screaming words of encouragement. No one next to her can hear

or be heard, so everyone just stands and watches the race. Woodside’s lead slowly

diminishes and they are overtaken by another high school. Kristien’s encouraging

outburst, insisting that the runner needs to run faster, continues. The Woodside

runner, most likely as the result of the screams, picks up his pace and, at the last

second, beats the other runner. Out of joy, Kristien bursts into song and does a little

dance. This is not the first time anyone on the track team has seen her dance

or sing and probably will not be the last.

Kristien has been a dominant force on the Woodside High School track and field

team for the past four years. Some of her times, well, most of her times, seem unreal.

Her best times are 15.06 seconds for the 100-meter hurdles, 47.1 seconds for

the 300-meter hurdles, 12.9 seconds for the 100-meter dash, and her longest distance

for long jump is 17.3 feet. Her times may be impressive, but they are not

surprising. I am on the track team this year and I have seen Kristien warm up and

practice. She begins her warm-up 10 minutes before everyone else starts at the

usual 3:30 p.m. She leads the stretches after everyone has run a half-mile, and then

she leads a series of exercises to loosen other muscles. During the stretching, she

focuses intently to prevent any sort of injury. If another member of the track team

is fooling around, she makes sure that person stays focused to insure that no one

strains anything. That is probably why she is one of the captains of the team.

Kristien is very determined and focused; no one can deny that. But if you have

never talked to her before, then you have no idea how funny and carefree she can

be. In between the workouts during practice, she can usually be seen with a couple

of her friends, laughing so hard her face gets red. She loves to laugh and have

fun. After her events at a meet, she sits in a group on top of the bleachers, laughing

and making jokes. She is

the sort of person anyone

could get along with as long

as they have an open mind.

Not many athletes can combine

focused determination

with carefree joking, but

Kristien does just that. She

strives for excellence on the

track and off, and she does

it with a smile. Next year,

she will attend UC Davis,

where she hopes to run

track and eventually major

in animal sciences. She

wants to one day become a

veterinarian. Woodside will

miss the spectacle that is

Kristien Van Vlasselaer next

year, except maybe her

singing.

KRISTIEN VAN VLASSALAER

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As I Was Saying ...

As I Was Saying ...

By

Steve Penna

Publisher

After all the speculation on what his next

political move would be, San Mateo County

Sheriff Don Horsley will officially be taking

on Art Faro, Jack Hickey and John Oblak for one

of three seats available in this November’s Sequoia

Healthcare District Board election. One might

wonder why, after retiring from his office, he would

choose to seek such a low-profile seat? Well, let’s

try and figure this out. First, there is no question

that Horsley will seek a higher office someday, most

likely on the Board of Supervisors, so keeping his

name out there is a must. Second, handing out millions

of dollars each year to deserving groups and individuals

is not such a bad gig. Third, he is interested in the

welfare of those who need medical services and cannot

afford them and advocates in favor of automated defibrillators

for use by emergency personnel, so he might

be able to garner the much-needed funds to support

those issues.

Election prediction — Unquestionably the most powerful

politician in San Mateo County, Horsley will be

elected to the seat as the top vote-getter and will

unseat Oblak.

* * * *

Council watchers are already talking about next year’s

City Council election. Up for re-election in the

November 2007 race will be Rosanne Foust, Barbara

Pierce and Ian Bain. Janet Borgans has been mentioned

as a possible candidate, but given the fact that

all three incumbents will be seeking another term, that

talk might be fruitless.

* * * *

After a 3-2 vote, the Sequoia Union High School

District Board of Trustees has granted almost 200

Sequoia Union high school seniors the opportunity to

participate in this year’s graduation ceremonies even

though they did not pass the required California High

School Exit Exam, which is a graduation requirement.

During the vote discussion, the trustees differed on

holding those student accountable. As Sally Stewart

stated, “This is a clear sign that the system isn’t functioning.

Why punish the kids for a system failure?”

Olivia Martinez countered, “We’ve made it so easy

for people to not need to learn English in our culture.

... Is it our job to give diplomas to people who don’t

even speak English? I don’t think so. Our mission is to

teach English.” I could not agree more! If the “system”

is failing, what is this board doing to fix it? If students

are graduating without the ability to speak English,

isn’t this board enabling their failure in the real word?

These youths need to be held accountable and so does

the “system.” Isn’t that what elections are for?

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DAN CHILD NAMED NEW MANAGER OF SBSA

Daniel T. Child has been named manager of the South Bayside System

Authority (SBSA) wastewater treatment facility in Redwood City effective

April 3, Commission Chairman Ron Shepherd announced.

Child, 48, comes to the SBSA with 25 years of experience in the management of

various municipal, industrial and public works facilities. Most recently, he has

been area manager/vice president of operations since 2001 for Veolia Water North

America West LLC, the nation’s leading water services provider for local and federal

governments and business and industry. In that capacity, he has managed

from the firm’s Utah office the activities of more than 60 water treatment, wastewater

treatment and public works operations throughout the western United

States.

SBSA is a joint powers authority (JPA) providing wastewater transmission, treatment

and recycled water production services to more than 217,000 people and

businesses in southern San Mateo County. SBSA is governed by its owners: the

cities of Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City, and the West Bay Sanitary

District. The West Bay Sanitary District provides sanitary sewer services to the

cities of Menlo Park, Portola Valley, and portions of Atherton, Woodside, East Palo

Alto, Redwood City and San Mateo County.

Child succeeds Jim Bewley, who has been the manager of the award-winning SBSA

facility since July 1982 and has been affiliated with the plant since its inception.

During Bewley’s management, SBSA twice was named Wastewater Treatment

Plant of the Year by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) —–

in 1996 and 2001.

Shepherd said Child was the unanimous selection of the four-member SBSA

Commission, which he said “was impressed with his extensive background in both

the public and private sectors and his outstanding managerial abilities.”

Child’s current employer, Veolia Water North America West LLC, acquired his

former employer, US Filter Corporation/Davis Products Division, for which he

served as an account manager from 1995 to 2001, providing municipalities and

consulting firms with products and engineering support to meet various wastewater

treatment needs.

Child began his career in 1981 and served six years as wastewater superintendent

for the Price River Water Improvement District in Carbon County, Utah. He

served two different stints as operations manager with the Victor Valley

Wastewater Reclamation Authority in southern California, from September 1987

to February 1989 and from February 1992 to August 1995. In between, he

served as wastewater superintendent for the City of San Diego’s Metropolitan

Wastewater Division.

A native of Utah, Child studied environmental technology and wastewater treatment

at Utah Valley State College in Orem. He also is a graduate of the City of

San Diego Management Academy. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children.

Professionally, he is a past president of the Desert and Mountain Section of the

California Water Environment Association.

“I am honored and thrilled to assume the manager’s position at SBSA and to succeed

an icon in the industry like Jim Bewley,” Child said. “I have promised the

Commission that I work tirelessly to meet the goals of the Authority. I have proven

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had best think again.

Step into Mexquite Restaurant

and Cantina at 2616 Broadway,

the newest hot spot on the changing

landscape of downtown

Redwood City, and you will find

that Director of Operations

Mario Astorga and General

Manager Jorge Alvarez have

brought Old Mexico to

Downtown with great pride -- and

great success.

Astorga founded the popular

Hola! Mexican restaurant in

Belmont. Last year, he sold Hola!

and made plans to move to

Folsom to bring the Mexquite

concept to life there. Fortunately

for Downtown, Astorga’s plans

changed when he was approached

by Alvarez and his sister, who

owned OK Maguey, the former

establishment on the site.

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STEP INTO OLD MEXICO AT MEXQUITE

JORGE ALVAREZ

With friendly service and a great menu, comfortable is one of the many operative

words. Visitors to Mexquite can expect to start off with a big basket of tortilla

chips, homemade salsa and a marvelous bowl of guacamole, or one of the many

appetizer selections, including the Pachangua Platter. Add one of the many margaritas

to choose from, and it’s off

to Old Mexico for an evening of

great food and great fun.

If a smaller meal is more for you,

check out the Tacos in a Basket

and a margarita. Flexibility is

another operative word!

No matter your choice, don’t leave

Mexquite without trying the flan,

crepes swimming in strawberries,

vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate

sauce. Have a hot cup of coffee

and see if you’re not ready to say

“olé!” and become a regular.

“Party hearty” is in the air on

Thursday evenings, when

Mexquite presents live mariachi

music from the La Perla Mariachi

Band starting at 7:30 p.m. It’s not

uncommon for patrons to have

such a great time that they convince

the staff to keep Mexquite open

past its 11 p.m. closing time to 1 a.m. during the week and on weekends as well.

They approached me for ideas about OK Maguey,” Astorga said, “and I was willing

to help them.” Soon the Mexquite company was formed, and the transformation

began in November 2005. The restaurant formally opened this past January.

“We redid everything -- the interiors, exteriors, and menus,” Astorga recalled. “We

restructured it all to reflect Old Mexico.” The exterior and interior colors of warm

browns, along with the leather booths, wooden tables and chairs, and wrought iron

accents, could take one back to the days of the Arguello family on the Peninsula.

Mexquite appears to have become an instant hit in Downtown. “Reaction has

been (continued on page 13)

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“It is very unique,” Astorga said. “The decor is different. Everything is custom and

points to the theme of Mexican history. We are going back in time.”

History notwithstanding, Mexquite has become the place for everyone -- families,

singles and those who just plain need a place to kick back after a long day at work.

“We wanted to do something different,” Astorga and Alvarez explained, and

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good,” Astorga said. “We believe Mexquite is an example of what Redwood City is

trying to do in Downtown.

MARIO ASTORGA

“We have flexible pricing for families

and present from simple to fancy

cuisine. It’s something different.”

Don’t miss Cinco de Mayo at

Mexquite. “It will be [an] all day

party for families, with live music,

specials and more,” Astorga said.

“Everyone is welcome.”

“You see,” he continued, “there are a

thousand Mexican restaurants in

Redwood City. We are unique, not

the typical Mexican restaurant.”

It is obvious that Astorga and Alvarez have great pride in Mexquite and in their

heritage. You can hear it in their voices and see it in their eyes. They are but another

shining example of what built and sustains Redwood City -- hard work, being

neighbors, pride in our past, hope for the future, and extending a hand of welcome

to all.

Come change your perception of

Mexican restaurants. Step into Old

Mexico and new beginnings at

Mexquite!

Mexquite Restaurant

2616 Broadway St.

Redwood City, CA 94063

Phone: (650) 369-7482

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CULTURAL EVENTS

SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM

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

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

Ocean Shore Railroad, relics from San Mateo’s past, and lithographic art dating

from 1875.

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 horse-drawn vehicles.

“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.

Special Exhibit

“San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame.” Through June 30, in the upper rotunda.

$4 general; $2 seniors and students; free for children ages five and under.

Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 777 Hamilton St., Redwood City.

(650) 299-0104, (650) 359-1462, www.sanmateocountyhistory.com.

Woodside Store

The store was built in 1854 by Dr. R.O. Tripp and M.A. Parkhurst and operated

as a country store, post office and community center until the death of Dr. Tripp

in 1909. The store has been restored to its appearance in the 1880s and features

numerous examples of goods and wares available to customers in its heyday. There

is a museum gift shop and bookstore. The permanent “Lumber Industry and

Woodside Store History” exhibit features artifacts from the commercial lumber

industry, which thrived in the Bay Area nearly 150 years ago. Free. Tuesday and

Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. 3300 Tripp Rd.,

off Highway 84 at Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. (650) 851-7615, www.sanmateocountyhistory.com.

FOX THEATRE AND THE LITTLE FOX

2209 Broadway. Info and tickets (650) 369-4119, foxdream.com.

Unauthorized Rolling Stones plus Silicon Cowboys

Friday, April 28, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Five incredible musicians from the UK, New York City, Denver and San Francisco

have pooled their talents to create “The World’s Greatest Tribute to the World’s

Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band.” Their successful collective backgrounds include Top

40 hits, nationwide tours, countless sessions, concerts and club dates. Together

they create the energy, attitude and spectacle of a real Rolling Stones concert.

Experience what it’s like to be up close and personal with Mick, Keith and the

boys! www.theurs.com.

The Silicon Cowboys are San Francisco’s premier ‘70s rock band. The boys from

the bay combine dazzling musicianship, rocking dance grooves and a fantastic

high-energy stage show to completely and utterly rock your world. With a deepvault

set list ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Ted Nugent, from Steppenwolf to

Grand Funk Railroad, the Silicon Cowboys are the real deal! www.scrocks.com.

The Blues Guitar Extravaganza, San Francisco Edition

Featuring René Solis, Johnny Nitro, Alvon Johnson and Bobby “Spider” Webb

Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Three of Northern California’s finest guitarists on stage together for one amazing

show! Now in its fifth successful year, the Blues Guitar Extravaganza will once

again be hosted by the tremendously talented René Solis. René’s playing style has

often been described as powerful, raw, and emotional — he pours his heart and

soul into every note. www.renesolis.com.

Johnny Nitro is known as “The King of North Beach” for his high-energy blues.

Johnny is a regional guitar legend who is considered a master player for his tough,

note-biting guitar technique and roughly delivered vocal style.

www.sfblues.net/johnnynitro.

With over 30 years of performing experience, Alvon Johnson exemplifies the range

of possibilities in electric blues. This is one man who can send any woman out of

her mind with his soulful voice and moving guitar music. If you have ever seen and

heard Alvon, you know he can send you into ecstasy with his soft, soothing, sexy

voice and then turn you into a wild woman with his magnificent guitar playing and

body movements. A true showman! www.alvon.com.

Bobbie Webb is a world-class musician widely sought for his sax playing and the

horn sections he leads. You may see him performing in his own band or backing

some of the greatest musicians as they travel through the Bay Area. A chance to

see Bobbie in action is something you don’t want to miss! www.bobbiewebb.com.

As always, the grand finale will feature all of these great talents on stage together

for an explosive all-star jam session.

Gypsy Soul

Special seated listening performance

Thursday, May 4, 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17 door

Gypsy Soul’s soulful, acoustic rock with Celtic and Americana roots has been

likened to artists as diverse as Eva Cassidy, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan,

Loreena McKennitt, k.d. lang, Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac. They have produced

eight acclaimed CDs and have won many indie music awards, including

Lilith Fair. They’ve earned nearly 1.5 million downloads on MP3.com with 10

number-one songs; their music has aired in more than 14 different countries over

100 times on hit TV shows; and their songs have been featured in movies. “Cilette

Swann’s voice is haunting and Roman Morykit’s musicianship is superb. Their

music stirs the soul and moves the spirit.” — Monica Rizzo, People Magazine.

www.GypsySoul.com.

The Cheeseballs

Friday, May 5, 9 p.m. $14 adv./$16 door

The Cheeseballs will make you “shake your booty” like it hasn’t been shaken in

years. The band members pride themselves on serving up a helping of nonstop

’70s disco dance hits and ’80s and ’90s pop classics, with an uncanny knack for

performing songs that you will be surprised to discover you know all the words to,

such as “YMCA,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Dancing Queen,” “Le Freak,” “Disco Inferno”

and many more. The result is always an audience dancing and singing along. The

band is composed of eight performers dressed in dazzling, retro disco outfits and

presents a parade of personalities who alternate lead vocals with plenty of exuberantly

choreographed dance moves. You won’t be disappointed.

www.cheeseballs.com.

Tony Lindsay plus Milagro and special guest Troy Bunnell

Presented by Voices of Latin Rock

Saturday, May 6, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Cinco de Mayo celebration continues! Grammy winner, singer, songwriter and producer

Tony Lindsay will present his long-awaited third album at the Little Fox.

Guitar great Chris Cain and Santana members Andy Vargas (vocals) and Karl

Perazzo (percussion) have joined Tony in his newest effort, lending their talents to

an already classic project. Tony is internationally known as the lead singer for guitar

legend Carlos Santana and can be heard on such hit albums as “Milagro,”

“Shaman,” “Ceremony,” “Food for Thought” and “Super Natural,” for which he

received 11 Grammys. He also sings for his own band, Spangalang, a well-known

R&B/jazz/pop group and a popular favorite here in the Bay Area, who has opened

for several acts including Curtis Mayfield, Jr. Walker, Tower of Power, and the

Average White Band. www.tonylindsay.com.

Carmen Milagro, Ray Uribes (Vibe Tribe), Rafael Ramirez (Safari), Rich

Armstrong (Michelle Shocked), Atma Anur (Journey), Jara Queeto (Blue Bone

Express) and Rolando Morales (Los Lobos) make up the extraordinary Latin band

called Milagro. Not your typical salsa or Latin rock band, Milagro has created a

show and a musical style that is sophisticated and warm yet, at times, edgy and

sensual. Their performances are extremely pleasing to the musical palate with

songs in both Spanish and English, sexy originals and traditional covers that focus

on romance, and melody and harmony that stir emotions and inspire you to dance

or sing. www.carmzworld.com.

Lost Weekend

DVD/CD release concert

Welcomed by Fiddling Cricket Concerts

Sunday, May 7, 7 p.m. $14 adv./$16 door

Don Burnham’s nine-piece all-star band Lost Weekend, celebrating its 22nd

anniversary, returns to the Little Fox, kicking off its spring tour with an evening of

classic Western swing, LW-style. That means guitarist/vocalist Burnham plus steel

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1906 EARTHQUAKE MEMORIES OF

REDWOOD CITY

wood and cement. The new high school on Bridge Street, today’s Broadway, had

lost its roof and most of the top story.

The Capitol Hotel had lost the entire front wall, stranding a gentleman guest who

was unable to dress or get down until rescued. All chimneys were down, so cooking

could be done only by families who had old coal-oil stoves. The Doxsee family

gathered for meals at the home of an aunt who had such a stove.

Woodhams said that many neighbors camped in tents in California Park because

the aftershocks had continued throughout the day. The Doxsee family stayed in

their home. At night, she said, they could see the fiery red sky to the north from

the conflagration in San Francisco. In a few days, families started appearing on Old

County Road with carts, baby buggies or carriages with their possessions as they

escaped the city. The Women’s Club served coffee and sandwiches to the wayfarers.

Sad tales

There were sad tales of families who had lost loved ones, or people who had been

injured by falling debris. Woodhams mentioned that if the quake had come later

in the day, when school was in session and businesses open, there would have been

greater loss of life here on the Peninsula.

Woodhams also commented on the damage done at Stanford University. Her family

had attended a service at the Stanford Chapel just a few days before the earthquake,

so she was familiar with the buildings there. She said that, oddly, some of

the newer buildings were damaged while some of the older ones weathered the

shock.

Although only a child at the time, and these observations were made some 60

years later, Woodhams stated that no one would ever forget the earthquake of

1906.

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

Spring into action….. Stop Smoking!!

Forty years ago, the San Mateo County Historical Society solicited information

from local survivors of the earthquake of 1906. That was the 60th

anniversary of the event, and there were still people around who had experienced

it in their childhood. One of the letters that was submitted was from a

Caroline Doxsee Woodhams.

The Doxsee family lived in a cottage in Redwood City just behind the courthouse.

The old courthouse was soon to be demolished and a new one was just being built

in the same block. The grand new structure was to be finished and opened just in

time for the Fourth of July celebration.

According to Woodhams, their home was a wood-frame house. The interior walls

didn’t have any plaster, just cheesecloth with wallpaper pasted right onto the

wood. She said that when the earthquake hit, the wood-beam ceiling over the bed

came loose and hung perilously over them.

When the children rushed into the kitchen, they found a mass of dishes, jams, jellies,

pots and pans. The cut glass and good china their parents had received as wedding

presents were in pieces and being shoveled into a tub by their father. They

quickly put on robes and slippers and went outside to see the condition of

Downtown.

Courthouse in ruins

They first saw the new courthouse in ruins. A witness said it had sent up a huge

cloud of dust and cement when it fell. The streets were covered with glass, stone,

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Redwood City businesses are

here to serve you!

The Spectrum Magazine knows you are always looking for different places to

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

community, using businesses that not only provide excellent service but also

contribute to our community. Check out our Best of the Best selections.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Redwood General Tire was founded on the

premise that good customer service and quality products at fair prices will succeed in

the marketplace. They continue to follow this philosophy today and expect it to guide

them into a successful future. Many of their satisfied customers have been with them

since their founding and continue to do business with them today. They proudly serve

the third generation of many of their first Redwood City customers. Whether you are

looking for a new set of tires or need repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood City

institution has been providing quality vehicle services since 1957. Maybe you should

try their services.

Eating and Catering:

Bluefin Sushi & Teriyaki Grill – 2327 Broadway – Wow! This place is popular.

Whether you dine in or take out, everyone is discovering that their sashimi, nigiri sushi,

donburi and bento dishes are irresistible! No MSG and no chemical additives. Low in

cholesterol. Low in calories. Low in sodium. Their sushi is made fresh daily by experienced

sushi chefs, which has made this restaurant a favorite Downtown eating spot. It’s

a must try!

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

favorite. The Canyon Inn is nestled in the small, quiet neighborhood of the Emerald

Hills region bordering Woodside and Redwood City. It’s a popular stop for bicycle touring

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

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

is noted for its burgers and beers, most notably the Hacksaw Burger, a big double

cheeseburger named after Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds. The Canyon Inn also offers hot

and cold sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips, spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, tacos and quesadillas.

If you use their coupon in this month’s Spectrum, you can get 10 percent off

all meals. Now that’s an offer you cannot pass up!

Diving Pelican Café – 650 Bair Island Rd., Suite 102 – This restaurant may be the

best-kept secret in Redwood City. They offer a variety of specialty items, including eggs

Benedict with fresh crab and homemade hollandaise sauce. They also have beer, wine,

and espresso drinks available to go. For your convenience, they have outdoor seating

that overlooks the water. Conveniently located half a mile from the freeway, it’s easy to

stop by and visit. Try the famous pear, walnut, gorgonzola and grilled chicken salad. It

is so delicious that people come from all over to enjoy it! They also have a seasonal specialty,

which is mango pasticcio and feta cheese salad with grilled chicken. People tell

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

food. We won’t tell anyone?

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

on for eight pages of mouthwatering suggestions for everything from continental breakfasts

to formal dinners. Despite an entire page devoted just to warm appetizers, these

are mere suggestions, and Hyman is quick to offer additional possibilities to fit any

occasion. He also has a strong sense of community and participates in many community-oriented

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

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

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

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

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

their leftovers to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Redwood City. Need a

caterer for that festive gathering? Call Dave at (650) 365-3731.

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

provide daily specials of wine tasting flights. The specials are rotated biweekly, and all

wines are drawn from their retail wine shop inventory. The wine bar is always open during

regular business hours. Sampling wines side by side is a great way to expand your

wine knowledge. All their wines are rated 90 and above. All bottles are priced $39 or

less. They have live jazz once a week and have free wireless, high-speed Internet service.

They also provide great food complements to wine: artisan cheeses, quiches, fresh

baguettes, olives, chocolates and more. Tuesday through Saturday (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

they offer a European lunch plate for $11.95, which includes quiche, cheeses, baguette,

fruit and a glass of wine. Taste what you want. Buy what you like.

Financial Institutions:

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

of dedicated loan agents focus on residential lending, including purchases and refinances.

As a mortgage company, they deal with a large assortment of lenders allowing

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them to research the best financing to meet each client’s individual needs. Lourdes has

over 25 years experience in the Bay Area financial services industry. The company’s

success is based on referrals, its track record and being accessible to clients. So if you

have a mortgage loan need or question, please pick up the phone and call (650) 362-

2700.

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

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

quality investments that have proven themselves over time. So does

Investment Representative David Amman, who manages their Redwood City office. He

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

helping his clients achieve their goals, whether for retirement, education or just financial

security, it’s an approach he plans to stick to.

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

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

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

to listen, are slowly becoming things of the past. Luckily, this is not the case at First

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

manager of the Redwood City location. “When we have a new client and do right by

them,” said Palter, “they tell others.” Doing right by a client, whether old or new,

requires taking extra steps in situations which nationwide chains might not do. Give

Brian a call and see what he means!

Personal Improvement:

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

women, this professional facility is now under the management of Beverly and Harold

May. Ms. May is a full-time massage therapist with almost thirty years of experience.

They pride themselves on having exceptionally talented massage therapists to care for

you, trained in a variety of specialized techniques to improve your circulation, mental

clarity and creativity as well as optimize your overall physical health. Your experience

at Redwood Massage & Sauna will enhance your health and well-being naturally in the

true Finnish tradition of therapeutic massage and sauna amid clean, comfortable and

serene surroundings.

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

it! Re:Juvenate is owned and operated by Sherna Madan, M.D., and Linda S. Moore,

R.N. Together they have more than 50 years in the healthcare industry and over 10

years in the field of aesthetics. Both have lived and worked in the community for the

majority of those years. When a consumer is looking for a facility that offers a list of

services that are so personal, name recognition and reputation are of the utmost importance.

Relationships are formed quickly, and trust is a huge part of the equation.

Whether you are seeing a Re:Juvenate clinician for acne, sun damage, skin tightening,

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

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

Spectrum Magazine.

Retail:

Cartridge World – Sequoia Station – When was the last time you could save money

and improve the environment? Recycle and save at Cartridge World! Just bring your

toner cartridges and fill up at great rates. This business offers expert advice and quality

service, and they also offer pick-up and drop-off services. From inkjets to laser toners,

they do it all. Call for a quote! Owners Yogeeta and Sunil Bhas are ready to serve

you and your company.

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

sparkle like they did the first day they opened in 1969. They have a large selection of

necklaces, rings and watches. If you cannot find exactly what you want, they have personal

designs that have kept Redwood City residents frequenting this fine business for

years.

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Rick Lewis, founder, started his business

in 1985 out of his home using a small, portable machine. Today, Lewis successfully

operates and manages an office/warehouse of six employees and has five working vans,

with future plans for expansion and growth. Lewis moved his business from San Mateo

to Redwood City in 1995. The Lewis family works and lives in Redwood City and has

truly made this town their home. They are committed to the vision and success of our

community and with relentless effort will continue to support the community, devoting

time, efforts, energy and services today and in the future. Lewis has built his company

on a foundation of integrity, loyalty and communication. Call and ask about their

Spectrum special. You can get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing.

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JESSIE HECKER IS LOSING

INCHES FOR OTHERS

Seven-year-old Jessie Hecker has grown

out her long blonde hair for most of her

life. It was just below the waist when it

started to get in the way. When she did cartwheels,

she’d end up stepping on her hair. It

also blocked the upside-down view she

enjoyed while watching TV mid-cartwheel.

A friend of the family made a suggestion to

donate some of the hair to Locks of Love, a

nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces

to young people under the age of 18

suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

“She never really wanted to cut her hair. I

used to tell her if she didn’t take care of it, it’d

be cut short. She keeps it immaculate. People

tell me I do a good job with her hair, but it’s

all her,” said her mother, Iris Hecker. When

Jessie heard of this program, however, she

decided her hair is just hair and it would grow

back. “The hair is for kids who have no hair. They have to go to places being bald

and with people staring,” she said.

On March 26, the articulate first-grader had about 14 inches of hair cut from her

head. The change still hasn’t set in as she plays with her hair, quickly coming to

the ends, which rest about her shoulders. “Every day we have show and tell at my

school. You can bring something or tell something. I told how I was going to cut

my hair to my shoulders and some people were surprised about how much I was

going to cut it,” she said.

But Jessie, who lives in Redwood City, has adapted well to the new length. As she

demonstrated her skill with handstands and one-handed cartwheels, she said she

thinks the new cut will help with gymnastics. “She’s the type of girl when she

wants to learn how to do something, she just does it. She wanted to know how to

do a cartwheel so I said, ‘Go practice.’ She’d be out there every day practicing,”

said her mom. Jessie had a goal of doing five in a row. “But now I can do like 10,”

she said.

The energetic little girl goes to gymnastics three times a week at Peninsula

Gymnastics. She tested into a competitive training track with Olympic aspirations.

Jessie, however, is just taking it one day at a time for now. She isn’t quite sure

that’s what she wants to do in life, but she knows one thing. She wants to be

famous. “And rich!” she said with a smile.

The youngest of four children, Jessie is a Peninsula native who was always energetic,

optimistic and ready to help, said her mom. “She’s an amazing little kid.

She’s had to overcome some big tragedies, and not a lot of people can do that,”

said Hecker. When Jessie was 3, her sister Christina, about three years older, died

from a rare disease. Christina was diagnosed with her illness when she was 1. “As

soon as she could move around she would help with Christina. It was like she knew

she needed the help,” she said. Just a year and a half ago, Jessie’s oldest brother,

Brian, was killed in a car accident because he was speeding without a seat belt.

Now it’s just Jessie and her 17-year-old brother, Christoph, keeping their mom

busy.

But nothing can keep the ambitious little girl down. She continues to practice her

tumbling every day, even while talking to guests. The living room is set up around

the habit, as there is a wide, open space rather than a coffee table. It’s the bouncy

activity that keeps her smiling. “I don’t feel good if I don’t get to do cartwheels

during the day,” she said.

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By Robby Schumacher

Contributing Writer

We caught up with Chuck Smith during a rare moment of downtime and

sought a little insight into what makes him tick. Asking both personal

and professional questions may be met with guarded answers or vague

statements by some, but not by Smith. Happy to oblige, he spoke openly about

his life, his trials, his lack of modesty, his finances and where things stood in the

high-profile case against former San Carlos Mayor Michael King.

Known for his vicious or, more mildly put, never-say-die attitude in the courtroom,

Smith shared some lighter sides of himself while still owning up to the reputation

of never backing down. “It is the way I was raised,” Smith said. “My ethics and

my values stand that it’s the way you are supposed to do things. There is no inbetween.

You either give it your whole effort, or you don’t get into the fray. If

you’re going to step on the field, you’d better give everything you have, because if

you are not willing to give everything you have, you shouldn’t be stepping onto

the field at all. You should be letting somebody else play.”

Smith’s passion for his work comes through like Fourth of July fireworks. It is on

display for all to see. No matter the opinions about his style, his work or his character,

he is undeniably passionate about what he does. He is undeniably confident

as well.

Smith stated, “In some ways, I have kind of become the guy to see here in San

Mateo County. Nobody tries more cases than I try. I won’t be falsely modest,

because I do think I’m good. In the year 2003 I tried 14 jury trials to verdict.

There were seven civil and seven criminal. Someone told me no one in the state

has tried more cases than I did that year. I think that’s probably true.

“I read the other day about James Brosnahan, the lawyer from Morrison and

Forrester, who represented John Walker Lindh. He’s older than I am and has 139

jury trials under his belt, which is impressive. I believe I have more. Now, he tries

cases that are of much bigger magnitude then me and he is more well-known than

I am but I am happy to say that I am of that same school of thought, which is: we

are supposed to try cases and put it in the hands of the jury. That is what I do and

that is what I’m good at.”

Smith has tried many cases of prominence in the Bay Area. He is not only known

locally but, according to his Web site, he is also “a nationally known legal commentator,

having appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live, where he provided legal

commentary on the Scott Peterson double-murder trial. He has also appeared on

FOX News, KPIX Channel 5 News, as well as in many local newspapers.”

Commenting on his biggest strength, he said, “It’s my passion. I think everybody

will tell you that. I care, and I can emote that. I was passionate as a prosecutor,

and I am passionate as a trial lawyer. Some defense attorneys called me vicious in

terms of going after it and, yes, I

guess I am. There is no half

speed for me. I can’t take it

down a notch. I am full speed

all the time and I love it!”

Smith began practicing law in

1976. He’s been in the game

for 30 years and shows no

signs of burnout. He spent his

first 10 years at the district

attorney’s office and was

doing homicides the last five

of those years. He found his

way trying cases in the district

attorney’s office. “It was what

I loved!” he said. “I love all of

it. The competition, the courtroom,

the battle, the fray, and

all of it is what continually

motivates me!” Like something

out of a Hollywood legal

thriller, Smith’s face lights up

when he speaks of the playing

field. He thought back for a

moment and recalled one of

his proudest moments. “It was

1995, when I represented the

Hearst family. They were

being sued for sexual harassment. This was during the time of the Rena Weeks

case, where she got $7 million for sexual harassment. That was kind of the lawsuit

du jour at that time, and the Hearst family, being one of the wealthiest families in

America, entrusted me with trying the case here in San Mateo County. It was a

four-month trial. My opponents sought $27 million. Unfortunately, I didn’t win,

because they found that my client did commit sexual harassment, but they awarded

$200,000, which was a great victory.”

During that same time, Smith was asked to represent a very poor African-

American man named Hezekiah Johnson. This East Palo Alto resident was on an

oxygen bottle for emphysema and had been victimized by a younger woman who

was stealing all of his welfare checks and Meals on Wheels. Johnson finally got fed

up with it. One day when she came in the front door, he was sitting on his couch

with a handgun. She turned to run, and Johnson shot her in the backside.

Although he had cause, he committed a serious crime and was charged with

attempted murder.

Smith said, “So here is this poor, elderly man who needs help. During the Hearst

trial, one morning I had to go over and effectuate a plea bargain for Hezekiah,

which would keep him out of jail and get the case over with. We wanted to let him

get back [home] and live out the days of his life. I got a real good result with the

judge, then I went right from that hearing back to my Hearst trial, which was literally

across the hall. So, on the same day, I went from representing one of the

poorest, [most] unfortunate members of our society to walking across the hall and

resuming my trial for some of the richest people in the world. What I have always

said proudly is that I care just as much about Hezekiah as I did about the Hearst

family.

“I try just as hard no matter the case. The day I stop having that attitude is the

day that I’ll stop doing this. I try cases of all varieties. I try cases of drunk driving,

which some people may think of as not that important, and I try cases all the way

up to multimillion-dollar civil lawsuits and homicide cases in which someone has

been killed. I believe I can do them all. I understand that for that particular client,

his/her trial, whether it’s a drunk driving or a homicide, is the most important case

in their life, and needs to be the most important case in mine. Whether it is a highor

low-end case, I will treat it the same. I pride myself on this. I give just as much

effort to the drunk driving case as I do to the big million-dollar cases, and I wouldn’t

have it any other way.”

Smith has been trying cases on his own since 1989. He and his partner, Jim

Hartnett, run their practice in downtown Redwood City. He tries both civil and

criminal cases. His current case is the former San Carlos Mayor Michael King case.

During our interview, Smith was waiting for the verdict. Without a shred of doubt

in his voice he said, “I thought it went very well! It’s in the hands of the jury now.

The prosecutor says it’s a case of credibility. The people on our side, these wonderful

public servants from San Carlos who testified in this trial, people inside and

outside of the city government there, testified about the character of Michael

King. They are extraordinary,

beautiful, wonderful people.

They are dedicated public servants.

In their time, they’ve

built a youth center in San

Carlos, a library and even the

senior center. You talk about

the gamut, and they’ve done

it!

The contrast between them

and our opponents, who testified

against us … [George

Metropolis and David

Warden] have been scandalridden

since the day they

started. They have a jealousy

about San Carlos and practice

the politics of personal

destruction, which is: if you

disagree with someone, you

try to take them down personally.

That’s their stock and

trade.

“I told the jury, ‘Where are

you going to stand? Are you

going to stand with us or are

you going to stand with these


RIAL LAWYER CHUCK SMITH

people who

are like THAT

and flat out

lied in this

court room?’

G e o r g e

Metropolis

was caught in

a lie. So I just

asked them,

‘Where do

you stand?’

It’s an easy

question and

I think it’s an

easy answer.”

When asked

THE SMITH FAMILY

what he

[Metropolis]

had lied about, Smith stated, “He was a terrible witness! On the Tuesday afternoon

that he testified, he was awful about what he had learned and what he had

conspired together with David Warden and the others to nail my client because of

political differences. He was lacking in credibility and lacking in detail. We went

to recess. The next morning, I asked him one simple question, ‘Between last night

and this morning, have you spoken to Cora Lynn or David Warden?’ His answer

was flat out, ‘NO.’

“‘Thank you very much,’ I said, then sat down. The prosecutor, to his credit, knew

that he was lying. He sent me enough signals through his questions to Metropolis

to bring out the truth, which allowed me to get right back up and say, ‘You just

lied to me a few minutes ago.’ He stammered, ‘Oh, oh, uh, well, I thought you

meant did we talk about THIS.’ I said, ‘That’s baloney. I asked you if you’d spoken

to them, and the answer is yes.’”

The truth began to come out then, Smith said. “‘What did you talk to them

about?’ So it came out he did talk about THIS. In fact, he talked all about THIS

(the trial)! The phony way in which he tried to explain it, like, ‘Well, we didn’t

talk particularly about the trial.’ So he perjured himself. He committed the crime

of perjury on the witness stand. He flat out lied under oath. You know something

else? Warden was no better.”

In Smith’s opinion, Redwood City stands with San Carlos. He said, “They are

more like the people of San Carlos than the people from Belmont. These public

officials from Belmont were disgraceful!”

In cases that are controversial Smith had this to say, “All of us who do this share

an understanding, which is, we are NOT judges of anyone. That is not our role.

Everybody on the outside can judge and have their opinion, but our role is to be

the best advocate that we can [be] for that client. We keep the system honest. The

whole idea of our system is based on certain things. We don’t let the prosecution

say, ‘Somebody is guilty, so go ahead and punish them.’ We have a system where

you might say, ‘OK, he’s guilty; now prove it.’ He or she is entitled to have an

advocate on his/her side who is going to make it as hard as he can to make the

opponent prove it. If he/she can’t prove it, even if our client is guilty, we have provided

a service to society, because we have kept the prosecution and the system

honest. We have made them come down to proof. So we have upheld what our

Constitution is about, which is: even the worst people in our society are presumed

to be innocent until proven guilty. If the prosecution can’t prove it, well, we have

always decided in our society that it’s better to let a guilty man go free than it is

to risk convicting an innocent person. So, we are the gatekeepers in some ways.”

He went on to say, “We all have to play by the rules. We have to be ethical. We

have to not present false evidence or testimony, and we have to stay within the

rules. I am a big believer in the rules. The system works when both sides follow

those rules. Within them, both sides should fight like hell to win for their client,

because that’s what it’s all about!”

On the topic of plea bargaining, he stated, “The bargaining is a necessary evil, but

I think it’s overused. I think our system and our society would be better served if

our lawyers stood up and said, ‘No, we aren’t going to accept the plea bargain. We

are going to make you prove it.’ One of the problems I have with the system is that

plea bargaining is so expected and so prevalent that, at times, if someone doesn’t

go along with the game, they are punished beyond what they should be when they

lose. They are being punished for going to trial and that’s wrong. It is an injustice,

because no one should be punished for exercising their constitutional right to trial.

Now, I’m not saying this happens a lot, but it does happen.”

On the more personal side, Smith revealed his emotional connection to clients. He

explained that he certainly does feel emotion toward the client. “If I lose, it can be

devastating, because when I win I am bonded for life with that client and his/her

family. But if I lose, even though they may respect and admire my effort and skills,

I am nothing but a bad memory. So even if they want to maintain a relationship

with me, I want out, because I am just a bad memory for them. It’s heartbreaking.”

In a rare humble moment, Smith shared his thoughts on a setback. “I do pretty

good, I guess. I’ve won terrific cases that I should never have won, and I’ve lost

cases I thought I could win. Once you’ve been in both places, it really makes it easier.

If you have been into the depths and been to the heights, you are not afraid of

either place. You recover from both.

“We all have to have a ‘bathtub place.’ We have to fill it up with the case we’re

working on and eat, breathe and sleep that case, but in the end you have to pull

the plug and drain it from your life, because there is another client to focus on. We

have to go on too. We have to erase the memory and go on.”

Smith also shared that he is a runner and enjoys working out every day to stay

sharp and ease stress. He lives in Woodside and takes time to be with his wife and

family. When things quiet down, they walk their two dogs (a chocolate Lab and a

Jack Russell terrier) through the quiet streets. He let us in on the fact that his family

thinks he works too much but also caused some laughter speaking about his

kids and the fact that they argue with him. “You may get respect where you work

for what you do, but at home, you’re just Dad. Luckily, I have very bright kids and

although they argue with me all the time, we are blessed that they are good kids.”

Smith has only feared for his life and family on one occasion. When he worked for

the district attorney’s office, he prosecuted some people from a Mexican prison

gang. They received some threats, but they also received a very large riot gun from

the sheriff. Given that Smith is not a “gun guy” he was glad nothing came of it.

As for the rest of the story, Smith most wants to emulate one of his personal

heroes, Edward Bennett Williams. He was a famous trial lawyer in Washington,

D.C., and his biography describes him as “the man to see if you were in trouble.”

Smith said, “He was on a national scale, but I’d love to be like that. I want to be

the man to see if you’re in trouble, right here in my own little fishbowl. Like I said

before, I won’t be falsely modest. I truly believe I am that man. Whether it is a

civil or criminal case that needs to be tried, I am the one to see.”

There are no big regrets for Smith, aside from cases he has lost. He’d like a few “do

overs,” but he knows the show must go on. He quoted Jerry Spence, who said,

“When you win, it is that jury validating your existence as a human being. When

you lose, they have rejected your existence.”

“I know that sounds overstated,”

Smith said, “but

anyone who knows and

tries cases knows exactly

what he means. It’s true.

In the end, it is all about

who tells the best story.

Trials are great human

dramas. Trials are not

technical like everybody

thinks. It comes down to

which lawyer tells the

best story. The side that

tells the human story better

and has the witnesses

that are more human is

going to win. The jury is

going to find a path in

those instructions of law

to side with the ones who

have touched them most.

We are all entertainers.

We simply have to entertain.”

Editor’s Note: As we go to

press, Mike King was found

guilty of two felony fraud

charges.

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COMING HOME IS BITTERSWEET

By Nicholas Mukhar

Contributing Writer

Living in a city for the first 18 years of one’s life makes it easy to take for

granted one’s hometown; much is the case for Redwood City. Every year

hundreds of students graduate from various high schools in Redwood City

and bid farewell to their families, friends and homes as they travel to various colleges

around the country. Last year, I was one of those students who chose to part

ways with the only city I have ever lived in, in hope of finding intriguing challenges

and new people elsewhere. The place I chose was Santa Barbara, which presented

an atmosphere contradictory to the calmness and tranquility of Redwood City.

Anything but calm and tranquil, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista in particular, is a funloving,

never-sleeping, party town just off the UCSB campus that can be overwhelming

for any first-year college student. The scene is almost intolerable for

those who care to study in their dorm rooms, as finding a quiet area is an insurmountable

task. Within the first weeks of living in my dorm room I began to miss

the subtlety that my house provided. I often found myself in Redwood City overwhelmed

with boredom and looking for some excitement, and in great irony I now

found myself in one of the most exhilarating areas in the country in search of a

tranquil place to get my work done.

Parties, new friends, new places and sleepless nights all come with the territory in

this college town, as do midterms, final exams and new roommates whom you may

or may not get along with. I was fortunate enough to get a roommate who shared

many of my interests, and we have become good friends. Still, being able to come

home from high school, close my door, and be alone for as long as I chose is sadly

missed. Missed just as much are familiar restaurants and streets, familiar faces and

friends, and home-cooked meals.

Despite the adjustment period needed when moving away to college, there is much

benefit in being alone in a new place. The most important aspect I have gained

from moving away to college is my sense of independence. Nobody is forcing me

to go to class, to go to sleep, to eat my meals, or not to get distracted from my

work. For some, this is not a good thing. With nobody telling us students to go to

class, some simply do not go. Some do not sleep or do not eat properly. I have

already seen a countless number of students, even friends, get kicked out of their

dorms because they did not go to class, which only made me more focused and

dedicated to my work. While college is fun, work is the main reason for college.

Some only work in school, and some have jobs after school, which could cause

even more of a distraction. As my college experience enters its second semester, I

feel more like a seasoned veteran than fresh meat. I now feel like I belong in this

hectic town, which is almost half the battle. I feel more exposed and therefore

more aware of the world around me, something I did not get in Redwood City.

Therefore, once all of the positive and negatives are weighed, I can confidently say

that moving away from home was a good choice, but the Bay Area is not a place

that I will soon forget.

HISTORIC SHIP ALMA AMONG

NUMEROUS EVENTS SCHEDULED AT

PORT OF REDWOOD CITY MAY 13-14

AS PART OF SAN MATEO COUNTY’S

SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AND

NATIONAL MARITIME DAY

To celebrate San Mateo County’s sesquicentennial and National Maritime

Day, the historic scow schooner Alma will visit the Port of Redwood City for

public dockside tours May 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., reports Port

Commission Chairman Larry Aikins.

In conjunction with the San Mateo County History Museum and the Woodside

Store, a variety of activities will take place both at the port and at the history

museum in Redwood City on Saturday, May 13, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

(Only the Alma activity is offered both Saturday and Sunday; all other activities

are Saturday only.)

*The Starboard Watch sea shanty singers

*Free shuttle to the history museum’s Charles Parsons Day festivities

*Historic railcar tours

*Maritime film fest

*Kids crafts and activities at the museum

*Marine Science Institute mobile unit

*Try your hand at tying nautical knots

*Historic woodworking shingle demo

*Historic port photo display

*Charles Parsons Collection of 23 authentic model ships

*Enjoy lunch at Arrivederci Restaurant

Sponsors include the Port of Redwood City, Cemex, Bay Chemical Solutions,

Seaport Industrial Association, and Cargill Salt.

The 1891 scow schooner Alma, a historic vessel moored as part of the collection

of the National Maritime Museum, San Francisco, is an excellent example of a

once common, vernacular, work-a-day craft found on the major waterways of the

United States from Colonial times through the 20th century. Alma was average in

size, but she was unusual in that, unlike many of the scow schooners then built on

the bay, she had a cross-planked bottom. This construction, requiring heavier

scantlings, may have contributed to her longevity.

For more information, visit www.smc150.org.

Editor’s note: Nicholas Mukhar was our student writer from Woodside High School last

year.

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TEENAGER FATALLY SHOT DURING RWC BAR BRAWL

An 18-year-old Redwood City teen and two other men were fatally shot following

a brawl at a Redwood City bar, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's

Office. Redwood City residents Humberto Calderon Jr., 18, and Jesus Hernandez,

28, along with East Palo Alto resident Hemerenciano Mendoza, 38, were all fatally

shot at Headquarters Bar, the coroner's office reported. Redwood City police

officers responded to the bar, located at 895 Second Ave., after hearing reports of

shots fired. Upon arrival, officers discovered two men on the outside patio who

had been shot to death, police reported. Shortly thereafter, officers observed a

vehicle speeding out of the bar's parking lot toward Woodside Road. It later

crashed at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Bay Road, according to police.

Witnesses reportedly told police that the vehicle may have been linked to the

shooting. The driver and the passenger were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, a third gunshot victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital, and a

fourth gunshot victim was treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds to his

abdomen. The alleged triggerman in the shooting, 26-year-old San Jose resident

Rolando Fernandez, is being held in the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of

three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in connection with

the fatal shooting, according to San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney

Martin Murray. Fernandez, who remains in custody on no-bail status, was expected

to be arraigned on April 18, Murray said.

NANNY TO STAND TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY SHAKING BABY

A pediatrician from the University of California, San Francisco, testified that doctors

are hopeful a Redwood Shores newborn who was seriously injured after his

nanny allegedly shook him will not suffer any brain damage. In San Mateo County

court, following a preliminary hearing for Minerva Rojas, 28, of East Palo Alto,

Judge Beth Freeman found there was sufficient evidence to hold Rojas for trial.

Rojas pleaded not guilty March 22 to child abuse, felony inflicting corporal injury

upon a child and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the alleged

March 16 shaking incident, the San Mateo County district attorney's office

reported. Redwood City police arrested Rojas after they responded to a 911 call

and found the 2-and-a-half-month-old boy, named Thomas, unconscious and suffering

from two skull fractures, retinal hemorrhaging and subdural hemorrhaging.

Rojas originally claimed she left the baby in another room lying on a couch while

she made lunch for his 2-and-a-half-year-old sister. She said by the time she

returned, Thomas had already rolled off the couch, falling about 19 inches to the

carpeted floor below, Redwood City police detective Mike Reynolds testified today.

She said, "essentially, that the child had fallen off the couch," Reynolds said. "She

came into the room and found the child face up next to the couch. She said she

picked him up and shook him and tapped him on the face," for several minutes.

During a three-hour interview of Rojas conducted by Reynolds and another detective,

Rojas' "story changed several times," according to Reynolds. She said "when

she picked Thomas up she had the phone in her hand and possibly she may have

hit him," accidentally with it, Reynolds said. Rojas later told investigators that the

baby may have been hit in the head as she opened the door to a refrigerator. She

also said the baby fell after she tripped on a toy, Reynolds said. The prosecution

alleges that Rojas threw the young boy after becoming frustrated. Rojas allegedly

admitted to shaking the boy, using a stuffed bear to demonstrate to police.

However, her attorney, Randolph Moore, says she did so to awaken him after he

fell from the couch. "I don't think that this case fits the facts of a shaken baby

case," Moore said. However, UCSF pediatrician Christopher Stewart said, "It's very

unusual for children to have fractures from a short fall like that." Stewart said the

injuries that Thomas sustained were likely caused by more than "the force that a

normal caretaker would use." "Anyone else watching it would say that's not something

you should be doing to a baby," Stewart said. Rojas, who remains in custody

in lieu of $1 million bail, was to appear in court for her arraignment on April 18

at 8:30 a.m.

minor under the age of 14 by use of force, violence or the threat of bodily harm,

the San Mateo County District Attorney's office reported. Koi molested his niece

from August 1999, when she was 7 years old, until February 2005, at which time

she was 13, the district attorney's office reported. The assaults included oral copulation,

sexual intercourse and forcible rape, according to the district attorney's

office. The assaults occurred in Sacramento County, at the victim's Rancho

Cordova home, and in Redwood City.

RWC WOMAN WHO ATTACKED POLICE WHILE PREGNANT SENTENCED

A Redwood City woman was sentenced to four years in prison in a San Mateo

County courtroom for attacking two police officers with a baseball bat while they

attempted to detain her mother for theft in 2005. Shakeyma Brooks, 24, was convicted

on Jan. 10 of five counts of assault with a deadly weapon in connection

with the April 1 attack. At the time of the assault Brooks was eight months pregnant.

Her mother was being arrested under suspicion of theft at a Foods Co. grocery

store in the 1400 block of Broadway Street in Redwood City, the San Mateo

County District Attorney's Office reported. Brooks ran up to the arresting officers

and began swinging at them with a baseball bat in an attempt to free her mother.

She then went back to her car and drove at the officers twice in hope of freeing

her mother, the district attorney's office reported. Upon her arrest Brooks claimed

the officers were abusing her mother and that she attacked them in self-defense.

Brooks has remained in custody in lieu of $350,000 bail since her arrest.

CHP FAULTS PEDESTRIAN IN REDWOOD CITY FATAL CRASH

A pedestrian was killed Monday night on a northbound U.S. Highway 101 connector

in Redwood City after trying to take a shortcut to the market, according to

the California Highway Patrol. The eastbound Woodside Expressway exit was

closed for more than two hours as the CHP investigated the incident. A 39-yearold

man was hit on the off-ramp at approximately 9:48 p.m. by a 1989 Volvo

sedan. He was with two other men who had just climbed over a freeway perimeter

fence from East Bayshore Road. The men were trying to get to the Foods Co.

on Broadway Street, according to the CHP. A Sig-Alert issued at 10:11 p.m. was

canceled at 12:39 a.m.

TEEN KILLED ON CALTRAIN TRACKS IN RWC

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the victim of a fatal accident

on the Caltrain tracks in Redwood City as 19-year-old Hayward resident Jose

Alvarez. Alvarez and a group of people were crossing Caltrain tracks near Stafford

and F streets, according to Caltrain spokesman Jonah Weinberg. Weinberg said the

group tried to discourage Alvarez from trying to cross in front of an oncoming

northbound train before he was struck. The group was not at a marked crossing

or Caltrain station, Weinberg noted. The incident marked the second death on

Caltrain tracks that day and the sixth so far this year. That morning, a man

jumped in front of a northbound train at the Mountain View station, according to

Weinberg.

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MAN SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS PRISON FOR MOLESTATION

A Redwood City man was sentenced to 16 years in prison in a San Mateo County

courtroom after pleading no contest to molesting his young niece numerous times

over a six-year period. Willie Peter Koi, 24, was sentenced on Friday after he pleaded

no contest on Jan. 23 to five counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a minor

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Nonprofits in Action

Family Service Agency of San Mateo County

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

Agency of San Mateo County provides employers with mature, ready-to-work,

experienced workers who are 55 years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic and the commitment to quality

that mature workers possess. There are no fees for hiring candidates. Contact

Barbara Clipper at (650) 403-4300, extension 4368, to place your job order.

For those 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, extension 4371, if you are looking

for work.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in April 1998. In the 16 years

since that time, the club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. at Pete’s Harbor for breakfast,

which features various speakers on a wide range of subjects.

It has been named the “Best Small Club” in Rotary District 5150, which comprises

Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. One of the club’s fund-raising

activities is their beverage booth at the annual Vertical Challenge air show at

Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. Funds raised this past year by the 20-member

club provided nearly $46,000 in contributions for community, youth, international

and vocational projects.

The club meets every Tuesday at the Waterfront Restaurant. For more information

or to join, call Lorianna Kastrop at (650) 299-0303.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Six new members joined the group in January: Donna Ferrari, Teresa Gracia,

Carolyn McCammon, Nancy Radcliffe, Jacquie Rogers and Judy Yoakum.

This month the members are working on a hot lunch for Habitat for Humanity

workers. Along with other groups in the California Federation of Women’s Clubs,

the members also make turtle pillows and afghans to benefit the children affected

by Hurricane Katrina.

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the

Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. For more

information, call (650) 366-6371.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop communication and leadership skills.

The club meets on Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City

Hall, 1017 Middlefield Rd. Call Manny Rosas at (650) 780-7468 if you would like

to check out a meeting or just stop in. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information

about the Toastmasters public speaking program.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Redwood City Women’s Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 149

Clinton St. Call Lorretta at (650) 368-8212 for reservations or visit

www.rwcwc.com.

Optimist Club of Redwood City

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

the largest service organizations in the world, where “Bringing Out the Best in

Kids” has been their mission for over 80 years! Whether you’re a club officer or a

club member who enjoys the fellowship and friendship of others with a common

greater good, Optimist International needs and wants you as a member.

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

Court House Coffee Shop at Middlefield and Broadway. For more information

please call the president, Steve, at (650) 365-8089 or the secretary, Ted Cole, at

(650) 366-1392. Or come join them for lunch to learn more about how you can

make a difference.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world

one child and one community at a time.”

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club and its precedents

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

they have provided funds to help many worthy community programs and continue

to add more community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia High School, sponsored

by the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, was chartered in 1994 and has

been involved in raising money and donating time and effort to many of its

programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday 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: www.agencyinfo.org/kiwanis.

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula (formerly SHHH)

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

people, relatives and friends. Hearing Loss Association is a nonprofit, nonsectarian,

educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of those who

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

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

Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. We provide educational

speakers and refreshments. 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 Rd. Please call Marj at (650) 593-

6760 with any questions.

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

printed in The Spectrum, send it to writers@spectrummagazine.net or The Spectrum

Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our community know your contributions

and maybe they will want to join you.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

B.O.K. Ranch 21st Annual Western Day

Join B.O.K. Ranch for a fun-filled day of student horseback riding demonstrations,

sheep and duck herding and dog agility demonstrations, children’s activities, and

a raffle drawing. Special appearances by artist/designer Laurel Burch, Jerry

Mertens and NFL alumni. Live music by Sidesaddle and Company. BBQ lunch

catered by Canyon Inn. Proceeds benefit B.O.K. Ranch’s therapeutic horseback

riding program for children and adults with special needs.

Sunday, June 4, 11 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m.

1815 Cordilleras Rd., Redwood City

Admission is $45; children under 10 free with an adult. Includes BBQ lunch.

For more information, call (650) 366-2265 or visit www.bokranch.com.

Garage Sale To Help Baseballers

The Bay Area Blazers, an 11-and-under boys’ baseball tournament travel team, is

having a garage sale on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the home of

Dina and Rich Holm, 437 King St., Redwood City.

The proceeds from this event will fund the team’s expenses for national tournaments

in Henderson, Nev., and Peoria, Ariz., later this year. According to Lani

Donath, the event director, “We plan on having lots of usable, quality items

including household goods, small furniture and appliances, sporting goods, books,

videos, CDs and some really nice clothing.”

The Blazers’ families will also be serving donuts, muffins and coffee in the morning

and water, soft drinks and hot dogs in the afternoon. The entire community is

welcome! Contact Lani Donath at (650) 369-8823 or Jose Razo at (650) 799-

2741 if you are interested in making a cash donation to the organization.

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Barbara Bonilla participated in the project. Inspired by a promise that

Redwood City Rotary would mail cookies purchased for the troops, Aliya

sold an extra 160 boxes (of the 220 total). The cookies, purchased mostly

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Pension in Trouble? Take Steps to Replace Income

By David Amman

Special to The Spectrum

In recent months, some well-known companies — including Verizon, Lockheed

Martin, Motorola and IBM — have “frozen” their pension plans. If your company

freezes its plan — or if you think it might do so in the future — you’ll want to start

thinking now of how to replace the potential lost income during your retirement

years.

When a company freezes its pension plan, contributions or additional benefits will

be discontinued during the freeze. Additional benefits typically would have

increased each year of continued employment. Generally, when you retire or if you

become disabled and can no longer work, for example, distributions will be paid to

you based on your plan’s distribution options.

Companies that freeze their pension plans may replace them with 401(k) plans, a

move that gives you both opportunities and responsibilities. Now you must determine

how much you need to save in your retirement plan. That means you need

to calculate your retirement income needs and determine how much you might

need from your 401(k).

Also, you must choose the right mix of available investments within your 401(k)

to help meet your retirement goals, given your individual risk tolerance and time

horizon. As time goes on and your situation changes, you may need to periodically

adjust your investment mix as well.

To manage your 401(k) correctly, you may want to work with a qualified investment

professional because, as you can see, there’s a lot at stake.

Roth 401(k) may be available

If your company moves from a pension plan to a 401(k), it may also provide you

with the option of putting some of your money into the new Roth 401(k). Using

the Roth feature in your 401(k) allows you to contribute after-tax dollars, which

means you pay taxes on your contributions right away. Although distributions of

Roth 401(k) contributions are always tax-free, distributions must meet a triggering

event such as retirement, disability or death. Earnings also can be tax-free once

you reach age 59 and have had the Roth 401(k) for at least five years. This taxfree

feature can be quite valuable in helping you build resources for retirement.

Other income-building possibilities

Apart from actively managing your 401(k), you have other options to help replace

some of the income you might lose from the freezing of your pension plan. Here

are some possibilities:

* Contribute to your IRA. Try to fully fund your Roth or traditional IRA,

both of which offer tax-advantaged savings and an almost unlimited array

of investment possibilities.

* Purchase an annuity. If you can afford it, you might want to purchase a

fixed annuity, which offers tax-deferred growth of earnings and can be set

up to provide you with a lifetime income stream.

* Take Social Security earlier. If your pension had not been frozen, you

might have preferred to start taking Social Security at your “full” retirement

age, which can be anywhere from 65 to 67. Now, however, you

might need to start collecting your checks at age 62. Your monthly payments

will be smaller than if you had waited, but if you need the money,

it’s there for you.

* Adjust your investment portfolio. With the help of an investment professional,

you might want to restructure your portfolio to provide you

with more income during your retirement years.

Don’t get frozen out

Clearly, it can be upsetting to see your pension frozen. But by managing your

401(k) wisely, and by considering the other steps mentioned above, you may be

able to attain sufficient retirement income to overcome the loss of what you once

counted on.

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Activities for May 2006

“Choices for Independence” is the theme of this year’s Older Americans Month

in May. Members of the community and their families are invited to learn about

the services provided for mid-life and older adults at the Veterans Memorial Senior

Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, and to participate in the programs

scheduled for May:

“Nutrition” Lecture, Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 a.m., Goldstar Room, No

Charge. Cathy Hazlewood, Registered Dietitian at Mills-Peninsula, is our guest

speaker.

“Proposition 60 and 90,” Lecture, Thursday, May 18, 10:30 a.m., Sunset

Room, No Charge. Terry Flinn, Deputy Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder will

speak about these two propositions that allow persons over the age of 55 to qualify

for property tax savings when they sell their principal home and buy a replacement

residence of the same or lower value.

“Reverse Mortgages” Lecture, Wednesday, May 24, 10”30 a.m., Goldstar

Room. Tricia Smith, Reverse Mortgage Counselor from Human Investment

Project (HIP) will answer all your questions about the pros and cons of reverse

mortgages. HIP is the only agency in San Mateo County that is certified by HUD

and AARP to provide reverse mortgage counseling.

“Wills and Trusts, Power of Attorney, and Advance Health Care Directives”

Lecture, Thursday, May 25, 10:30 a.m., Sunset Room.

Elsa Torres and Aldo Ibarra from La Raza Centro Legal will also provide information

about Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medi-Cal and other Federal, State, and

County benefits. La Raza is a non-profit agency that provides free legal assistance

on specific matters to Redwood City seniors.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 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 website is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.

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COMMUNITY INTEREST

Caltrain Begins Work on Redwood City

Rail Bridge

Redwood City residents who live near the Caltrain bridge that crosses Redwood

Creek at Maple Street may soon awake to the sound of jackhammers, as construction

on the bridge is slated to begin. The construction will take place in two

stages, beginning with the strengthening of the structure that supports the bridge

and then continuing with the replacement of the deck, Caltrain reported. Though

acoustic curtains will be set up to reduce noise, neighbors will likely hear noise

from concrete-cutting saws, cranes lifting tracks and bridge panels, heavy equipment

moving gravel, and trucks placing asphalt, Caltrain reported. According to

Caltrain, the equipment being used in the project will be stored on Pennsylvania

Avenue, a one-way street behind the Redwood City Public Library. The reconstruction

of the Redwood Creek bridge is expected to be finished by June 12.

Cañada College Still Searches for New

President

After launching a nationwide search following the resignation of its president, Rosa

Perez, in June 2005, Redwood City–based Cañada College announced today that

it still has yet to elect a new president. Though the San Mateo County

Community College District Board of Trustees interviewed two finalists, neither

was selected to take over as president of the college. Board members reportedly

made their decision based on feedback they received from Cañada College faculty,

staff and students solicited during open forums, as well as from other parties with

invested interests in the future of Cañada College. In light of its ongoing quest for

a new president, the board of trustees asked Thomas C. Mohr to continue serving

as the college’s interim president. Mohr, who served as superintendent of the San

Mateo Union High School District from 1996 through 2004, was originally

appointed to the interim president position in August 2005. Mohr worked as an

assistant superintendent at SMUHSD for a decade before becoming superintendent.

Before that he was a high school principal in the Jefferson Union High

School District. He currently lives in San Mateo.

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New County Program Launched

A new county program launched to help reduce referrals to child welfare services,

San Mateo County’s Child Protective Services receives up to 5,000 calls each year

to its Child Abuse Hotline but typically can only respond to the most urgent allegations

of abuse or neglect — about 8 percent of calls received. Youth and Family

Enrichment Services announced it will launch a new program to deliver comprehensive

social services to help address the other 92 percent of hotline calls that do

not meet the state standard for child welfare services intervention and are referred

to community resources as an alternative.

Known as Differential Response, this new, early-intervention program is the result

of an initial grant of nearly $850,000 from the county’s Human Services Agency.

The new program is designed to keep more children out of the child welfare system,

helping at-risk families obtain the support and resources they need to reduce

instability in the home and create a safer environment for their children. Youth

and Family Enrichment Services is currently operating a pilot of the program in

Redwood City and will expand the program to reach the rest of the county by July

1.

Redwood City Reads — One Book, One

Community

Redwood City Reads — One Book, One Community is an exciting community

activity that invites everyone in Redwood City — young and old alike, from all

parts of the city — to read the same great book at the same time! People can get

together for book discussions, literary presentations, panel discussions and other

related events. It’s happening in May in Redwood City!

A volunteer committee surveyed the community and has selected “The Kite

Runner” by Khaled Hosseini (www.khaledhosseini.com) as the one book that the

entire community is invited to read at the same time. Here’s how it works (also see

redwoodcity.org/1book or call (650) 780-7058):

1) People can buy the book at Barnes and Noble (1091 El Camino Real) or their

favorite local or online bookseller, or borrow it from the Redwood City Public

Library.

2) Everyone can read the book right now. They are urged to join with friends and

neighbors, reading it as part of a book club or on their own.

3) During May, readers can join in any or all of the great events and activities that

are scheduled. Go to redwoodcity.org/1book for all the program details.

“This is a perfect opportunity for people throughout our diverse community to

join together with a common interest around this wonderful book. It’s an unforgettable

and moving story, and I’m sure people will be inspired to talk about it at

the planned book discussions, presentations and other programs,” said Mayor

Barbara Pierce. “I encourage all of Redwood City to read this one book right now

and be a part of building a great community together!”

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults

and families and is the learning center of our community. For more information

about library events and services, you may access the library’s home page at

www.redwoodcity.org/library or call (650) 780-7026.

Planning Commission To Unveil

Principles for General Plan May 2

The Redwood City Planning Commission has incorporated many community

comments from eight public workshops into the Guiding Principles for the General

Plan. These Guiding Principles will in turn drive the vision and specific elements

of the General Plan.

The community is invited to join the Planning Commission for the unveiling of

the Guiding Principles, illustrating how the workshop participants’ thoughts and

comments were brought forward and connected to the principles, and to set the

stage for the next steps in our General Plan Update.

The meeting is Tuesday, May 2, starting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City

Hall, 1017 Middlefield Rd. During this meeting you’ll have a chance to comment

on the Guiding Principles, and the Planning Commission will consider formal

adoption of their content.

The next steps of the General Plan process include the development of the Vision

for the General Plan, Planning Commission action on that vision, and then

expanding on that vision with specific elements that directly correspond to the

many important issues that the General Plan addresses. Once the Planning

Commission has taken those steps, the entire General Plan Update and all of its

elements will be presented to the City Council for its consideration.

Mayor’s Beautification Awards

For the 18th consecutive year, Redwood City residents, nonprofit organizations

and businesses are showing their civic pride by applying for a Mayor’s

Beautification Award. Individuals, homeowners associations, apartment complexes,

businesses, nonprofits and others are invited to participate. Applications are

available by calling (650) 780-7300 or by visiting City Hall (1017 Middlefield

Rd.). The application is also available online at www.redwoodcity.org (click on “I

want to” and select “Apply for a Beautification Award”), where applicants can print

it, fill it out and send it in. The deadline for entries is June 30, and judging will be

completed by the end of July.

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

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

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

best compatible building and garden or landscape; and more. If an entry doesn’t

exactly fit into one of the categories, applicants can create their own categories.

Entering the Mayor’s Beautification Awards program is an easy and fun way to

demonstrate neighborhood and civic pride and to help connect with the community

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In another action, the trustees voted to leave Redwood High School at its current

location on Old County Road and not move it onto the Sequoia High School campus

to make room for Summit Preparatory High School. Smart move. Could you

have imagined the increase in gang violence on the Sequoia campus had they not

done so? Summit will now move to temporary classrooms on Sequoia’s tennis

courts for about two years while it secures a permanent school site. Wonder how

they will be able to concentrate on studies when balls will be hitting their classrooms

all day?

* * * *

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has voted to ban smoking within a

30-foot perimeter of all county buildings and in both the closed and open common

areas of multi-unit residences in the unincorporated area of the county. The

county already banned smoking at its crime lab, coroner’s office and the future

Youth Services Center. Get out your measuring tapes.

* * * *

I had the extreme pleasure of being one of the judges for the Miss Redwood City

Pageant recently held at Carrington Hall. I had always looked at these types of

pageants as beauty-driven, but after interviewing the women and getting to know

their personalities and goals, I have been converted. Not only was each of the contestants

beautiful in her own way, they were all talented, articulate and a clear representation

of the possible future of this “video/computer”-driven generation. The

only problem I had with the whole process was that three titles were given out —

Miss Redwood City, Miss San Mateo County and Miss San Jose. The women were

all from the official boundaries, which qualified them to hold any of those titles,

and they were crowned by the highest scores. Bridget Chen from San Jose was

crowned Miss Redwood City, and Lauren Nelson, a graduate of Sequoia High

School, was crowned Miss San Mateo County. Both will serve the Miss America

organization effectively, but shouldn’t the Redwood City representative have some

connection to our community? There were several women competing from

Redwood City, so I was hoping that one of those would be chosen to represent us.

One of my favorite contestants was Jeri Richardson. She might have won one of

the titles if the talent had not been so competitive. But I thought she and the other

women from Redwood City could compete in, let’s say, a “pageant within a pag-

eant,” and our representative could be from our community. I guess I am just

adding some food for thought for Pageant Director G.H. Armour, who is doing a

fantastic job!

* * * *

Going to the chapel… Well, not exactly, but Emerald Lake will be the location for

the August wedding of council members Jim Hartnett and Rosanne Foust. The

happy couple announced their plans to family and friends and then formally at the

chamber’s Progress Seminar in Monterey. Congratulations to two fantastic people,

and good luck!

* * * *

One of the goals when the construction of City Center Plaza was envisioned was

to have a walkway in the middle of the complex that would serve as a connection

between City Hall and the public parking lot behind the Jefferson Post Office to

the businesses on Main Street. That vision exists, but recently the gates that block

access to the walkway have been going up around 6 p.m. each day. This makes it

difficult for those wanting to park and walk the safe and short distance to the businesses.

Maybe someone should talk to the owners and see if something can be

worked out to change that?

* * * *

Changes at City Hall are coming. After 33-and-a-third years of service, City of

Redwood City’s Community Development Director Joel Patterson will be retiring

as of July 1. After, he will be staying in our community while spending time in

the mountains with his family and getting some much-needed rest. Rumor is that

current Director of Public Works Pete Ingram will replace him. I also am hearing

that Planning Manager Mike Church will be retiring soon. The rumor that City

Manager Ed Everett will be retiring at the end of this year and will be replaced by

Police Chief Carlos Bolanos is not true. Everett will be around for at least another

two years. I am still betting that Bolanos will take the position of undersheriff

once Greg Munks takes over Horsley’s seat

* * * *

This month’s Chamber Business Connection was held at the new offices of the San

Mateo Credit Union on Convention Way. The event was impressively co-sponsored

by Crystal Springs Catering and Saf Keep Storage. In attendance were

Councilman Hartnett; former Mayor Dani

Gasparini; Board of Education member

Memo Morantes; Planning Commissioner

Nancy Radcliff; Elizabeth Gheleta from

the Service League of San Mateo County;

business leaders Janet Borgans, Aly Beals,

Cherly Angelas, Jim Massey and Keith

Kadera; and attorney Ann Liroff.

* * * *

I am going to enjoy some of this great

weather — FINALLY!

As I was saying …

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guitar Hall of Famer Bobby Black, reedmeister Jim Rothermel on clarinet and sax,

fiddle ace Paul Shelasky, Mark Holzinger on take-off guitar, vocalist Pam Brandon,

piano titan Shota Osabe, bassist Bing Nathan, and Krupa protégé John Brinck on

drums. Don and the Lost Weekend gang will have the band’s hot new CD,

“Swingin’ Out West: Lost Weekend Live” in their saddlebags. Don’t miss this

opportunity to enjoy one of Western music’s finest bands. www.lostweekend.ws.

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, May 10, 7 p.m. Free admission!

In the four months the Redwood City Blues Jam has been at the Little Fox, it has

attracted the likes of Kenny Neal, Jackie Payne, Steve Edmundson, Chris Cobb,

Jan Fanucci, Kid Andersen, John Cat, Mike Philips and many more. Join Kenny

“Blue” Ray, who hosts an evening of quality blues music from the area’s best musicians

and invites audience blues musicians to jam on stage. The music is real, the

mood collegial and the doors open to the community to enjoy this uniquely

American music. The Jam meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each

month from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bring your friends!

The Waybacks plus Marley’s Ghost

Welcomed by Fiddling Cricket Concerts

Friday, May 12, 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18 door

Possessed of dazzling instrumental chops and an absolute mastery of acoustic

musical styles, the Waybacks are an eclectic acoustic quintet, steeped in a wide

array of Americana idioms. From newgrass and western swing to jug band and

gypsy jazz, from folk and fingerpicking to alt-country and improvisational excursions

that defy categorization, Waybacks music is wild, energetic and unpredictable.

Whether mesmerizing audiences at intimate venues or creating a sensation

at major festivals, the band brings its onstage alchemy to enthusiastic fans far

and wide. www.waybacks.com.

Since forming 20 years ago, Marley’s Ghost has built a singular reputation among

discerning roots-music lovers for its ultra-tight four-part harmonies, instrumental

virtuosity and animated live performances. On “Spooked,” the band’s eighth

album but its first to receive a full-fledged national release, Marley’s Ghost creates

a musically sophisticated, thematically rich piece of work that serves as a belated

coming-out party for a band that deserves to be more widely heard. www.marleysghost.com.

NiteCry CD Release Concert plus Maxx Cabello Band

Friday, May 19, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

NiteCry is back. After a five-year hiatus to pursue solo projects, this accomplished

group of musicians and songwriters has reunited to produce one of the best albums

of the year. This collection of original songs is a true epic, chronicling blues and

soul music from classic ballads of despair to hard-driving numbers that will rip you

out of your seat. NiteCry’s soulful lead vocals, smooth multipart harmonies,

breathtaking solos and fiery stage show make them one of the most sought-after

bands to come out of the South Bay. Blues fans rejoice — NiteCry is back in town!

www.nitecry.com.

22-year-old singer-songwriter Maxx Cabello Jr.’s music is heavily influenced by

such greats as Jimi Hendrix and Santana with a little bit of the blues in the mix as

well. Maxx was born to be an entertainer and is more than comfortable in a crowd,

where he delights listeners with his unbelievably quick hands and incredible

sound. www.maxxedoutmusic.com.

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m. Free admission!

(See listing for May 10 above.)

Led Zeppelin Live starring Heartbreaker plus TinMan

Saturday, May 13, 8 p.m. $14 adv./$16 door

Heartbreaker is a group of four extremely talented and seasoned musicians from

the Bay Area. The group’s Led Zeppelin Live production has not only managed to

perfect the sound of Led Zeppelin, but they have the image, look and stage persona

to leave even the most die-hard Zeppelin fan awestruck. www.zeppelintribute.com.

TinMan, formed in 2005, is a quintet from San Jose specializing in rock classics

from yesterday and today. Flip sides are the focus of this anti-wedding band seeking

to move the feet and stir the soul. The rhythm section provides a deep pocket

for flights of fancy from keys, guitar, harmonica and vocals as TinMan mixes an

improvisational spirit with a well-rounded repertoire to create a truly unique musical

experience. If you are looking for a real rock ’n’ roll band, high on quality, high

on energy and high on fun that will get your crowd rockin’ regardless of their ages,

you can’t go wrong with TinMan. www.tinmanmusic.net.

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A Minute With...

James Fox

Jim was born in Oakland and raised in Half Moon Bay after moving there when he

was 18 months old. He currently lives in San Carlos. He and his wife of 37 years,

Bonnie, have three children: Christine, 36; Tim, 34; and Brian, 29. He was first

elected as San Mateo County's district attorney in 1982. He is up for re-election

this November and will be running.

What is the main goal of the district

attorney’s office?

To assure that those who violate state

law are held accountable and to provide

public safety.

Would you consider San Mateo a

safe community?

Yes, very safe!

If a child is victimized in Redwood

City, how strongly does your office

go after the offender?

Just as strongly as we would in any

other part of the county.

Have you noticed crimes against

children increasing or declining in

the past year?

My impression is that they are about

the same.

Favorite movie?

I don’t really go to the movies, so I

would have to say none.

Song?

I love country music and that song:

The bridge that washed out and I can’t

swim and my baby’s on the other side.”

Television show?

“Questions for the Prime Minister.”

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Good health, family and friends.

Which living person do you most

admire?

Bob Horan. He is the commonwealth’s

attorney in Fairfax, Virginia.

Which living person do you most

despise?

I don’t despise anyone.

Who are your heroes in real life?

President Harry Truman.

What is your treasured possession?

Family.

What talent would you most like to

have?

All the talents I lack. I would like to be

able to play a musical instrument.

Something no one knows about you?

I love to cook.

Five years from now, you will be?

66 years old.

If you were to die and come back as

a person or thing, what do you think

it would be?

Who I am. I have a great life.

What do you consider your greatest

achievement?

Marrying well.

What or who is the love of your life?

My wife, Bonnie.

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Redwood City Police Activities League

2nd Annual Motorcycle

Poker Run

Sunday, May 7th 2006

Sponsored by Redwood General Tire, Small Job Specialties, Kohlweiss Auto, DJ Tile, John

Plane Construction, Ferrari Electrical Contractors, Arlen Ness Custom Motorcycles,

Loral Landscape, Redwood Mechanical, Towne Ford, Wells Fargo Bank

Check-in & Coffee: 9 am

PAL Community Center,

3399 Bay Rd, RWC.

10:30 am Start

Finish, BBQ & Prizes: 2:30pm

Redwood General Tire, 1630 Broadway

“Give a PAL a Ride”

Early Registration (prior to April 21st)

$20 per motorcycle - $25 with rider (double)

Registration after April 21/ Day of Ride

$ 30 per motorcycle -$35 with rider (double)

All riders receive a ride pin, t-shirt, raffle ticket,

and BBQ lunch

Proceeds support the PAL Programs

2nd Rider Name______________________________________

Make all checks payable to the Redwood City Police Activities League

Mail to Redwood City PAL Poker Run

1301 Maple St, Redwood City, CA 94063

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