is anything but
Saltworks 50/50 Balanced Plan:
“Revitalizes Local Economy”
A new study of the Saltworks 50/50
Balanced Plan projects the plan
will create 1,000 new local jobs
and generate $410 million in new
spending at local businesses.
The 50/50 Balanced Plan sets aside fifty percent of the
1,400-acre Saltworks site for active parks, open space and
restored tidal marsh uses. The remaining fifty percent of the
site will become a transit-oriented community with new
homes, schools and shops.
“The ability to inject this kind of permanent
spending into the local community
and economy is one of the most welcome
aspects of the Saltworks Project.”
— Larry Buckmaster, President and CEO, Redwood City – San Mateo
County Chamber of Commerce.
“The Saltworks project changes the
dynamic of our local economy. We would
go from laying off valuable workers
to hiring workers. This is extremely
important considering we’re suffering
from a 30 percent unemployment rate in
the construction trades.”
— Bill Nack, Business Manager for the San Mateo County Building
Thousands of New Local Jobs
The estimated 30-year build out of the Saltworks site will
create 1,000 new jobs for local workers and generate close to
$2 billion in wages and benefits for local families.
$410 Million Boost for Local Businesses
Saltworks residents will increase local retail spending by
$410 million annually. Businesses closest to the Saltworks
site can expect the largest increase in sales. Downtown
Mary Huss of the San Francisco Business Times speaks at the Saltworks
Economic Forum on June 16, 2010. The Business Times was a co-sponsor
of the Forum.
retailers in particular can expect a significant increase in
sales — perhaps as much as a 100 percent increase — from
the Saltworks which sits just half a mile from downtown
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Owner and Publisher
James R. Kaspar
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Welcome to the August 2010 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. This month, we have a little
bit of something for everyone to enjoy reading. Let’s get going.
Let’s start with our cover story. This month, contributing writer Nicole Minieri profiles the
Redwood City Community Theatre group and tells us how they began, their future plans and
about this summer’s production of “The Music Man.” It is great to have live theater back in
Redwood City and we hope this story will inspire and motivate you to support their efforts and
attend a show or two.
We are giving our readers the opportunity to help Main Street Coffee Roasting Company
owners Mona Springer and Robert Baldwin celebrate 20 years in business in Redwood
City. Learn how they have overcome obstacles, moves and “big java” competitors and have
remained a favorite morning or afternoon stop for so many.
Publisher Steve Penna has a lot of information for readers in his column, “As I Was Saying….”
He touches on budgets, riding in the Fourth of July parade and other subjects that should
provoke some conversation around town.
We also have a profile on Redwood City’s teen sensation band Picture Me Broken, information
from the Redwood City School District and our regular features on items of community
interest, senior activities, parties around town, news briefs, cultural and entertainment events,
insurance tips from Russ Castle and the popular feature “A Minute With.”
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This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
Redwood City’s Hernandez to Fulfill His
Boxing Dream – 7
A Hidden Treasure Off, But Still On,
the Main Street – 9
Local Teens Anything but ‘Broken’ – 10
Cultural Events – 12
The People Speak: Letters to the Editor – 13
Wow! Community Theater Returns
in a Big Way! – 16
Shop Redwood City – 19
News Briefs – 20
Community Interest – 21
Meet Our Community-Minded
Realtors of Redwood City – 26
Let Me Make a Point /
Let Me Counter That – 27
Insurance Tips: Homeowners Insurance
& Keeping Track of Your Goods – 29
Senior Activities – 29
A Minute With Wade Pellizzer – 30
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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
Mark Metzler and Tom Halligan with photographer Joe Ercoli.
This was definitely a photo shoot that publisher Steve Penna was looking
forward to arranging and attending. He contacted Redwood City Community
Theatre producer Lesley Hoelper and they planned Sunday, July 18, at 5 p.m. at
Carrington Hall on the Sequoia High School campus as the perfect opportunity
to take the photographs because the actors in “The Music Man” production
would be going through a dress rehearsal and the entire cast would be there.
The photographer chosen for the shoot was Joe Ercoli. Penna had known of
Ercoli for a few years after seeing his photographs of a Redwood City event
and also from his website, Anvil Image (anvilimage.com).
Ercoli originally created Anvil Image as a place where he could share his
photos, adventures and the passion for capturing those moments with others.
As photography has grown to become a larger part of his life, both personally
and professionally, Anvil Image has also evolved from a simple blog to a business
portal, which now includes photography and Web design services, a gallery
and photo gear shop.
Penna was impressed with how Ercoli shoots with a passion to grab that
magical moment in a way that a simple snapshot can’t. He proved to be a
perfect fit in capturing the actors on and off stage.
Ercoli arrived at Carrington Hall first and was followed soon after by
Penna. The two entered the theater and were soon formally introduced to
Hoelper. She and Penna instantly felt like old friends because they had
corresponded so many times.
As the photos were taken, each group of actors was photographed as they
rehearsed the scenes they were involved in. Ercoli moved around the stage
area to capture the scene and the actors’ emotions. The cover photo was taken
after Penna asked one of the cast members, a Redwood City student, to jump
off the stage and act excited. After several shots were taken, the perfect one is
what you see on the cover.
The entire shoot took about 45 minutes.
The Spectrum, along with our community, is excited that the Redwood
City Community Theatre has the passion, dedication and enthusiasm to bring
quality live theater back to our town. We salute and support their efforts!
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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
Tips for Summer Learning: Reading, Field Trips, Hikes and Family Time
After 10 months of hard work during the school
day and homework in the evening, students and
parents are ready for a break from the daily
routine. But learning doesn’t need to stop —
even the more relaxed days of summer offer
opportunities for enrichment that support your
child’s academic development. Redwood City
School District Superintendent Jan Christensen
offers these tips to parents who want to make the
most of summer.
Read a chapter book together
The slower pace of summer offers an opportunity
to read longer books aloud. Many families enjoy
selecting and reading together a chapter book that
appeals to family members of all ages.
Take advantage of free programs at the library
The Redwood City Public Library offers a
Summer Reading Club at each of its four
locations that rewards children who read for at
least 10 hours before Aug. 31. The library also
offers reading suggestions for first- through
eighth-grade students. For more information, visit
the library’s website (www.rcpl.info).
Plan a family field trip
The San Francisco Bay Area offers a rich
assortment of places families can visit for little or
no cost. The Cantor Arts Center, a museum on the
Stanford University campus, for example, is open
to the public and free of charge. Families can
take advantage of docent-led tours that provide
information about the museum’s wide array of
exhibits. For more information about museum
hours, visit the museum’s website (museum.
stanford.edu). Or, consider a family outing to
the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose
(www.cdm.org/info.html) or the Exploratorium in
San Francisco (www.exploratorium.edu), which
both offer interactive exhibits designed to help
children learn to think and investigate, or the San
Francisco Zoo (www.sfzoo.org).
Go on a hike
San Mateo County includes 13 different parks
where families can hike on beautiful, wooded
trails free of charge. Edgewood County Park,
located in Redwood City on Edgewood Road just
east of Interstate 280, has many miles of easy
hiking trails that allow students and their families
to enjoy nature together. Other nearby parks
include Huddart Park and Wunderlich Park.
Visit the beach
Half Moon Bay is only a 20- to 30-minute drive
from Redwood City and includes three beaches
open to the public: Francis Beach, Venice Beach
and Dunes Beach. For more information, visit
the California State Parks website (www.parks.
Enjoy free, family-oriented events in Redwood City
Redwood City offers Music on the Square,
Movies on the Square, Target Family Days and
many other cultural activities throughout the
summer. For more information, visit the city’s
Spend time talking together
Summer offers a terrific opportunity to reflect with
your children on the previous school year and set
goals for the coming year. Parents and children
can think about ways to improve family routines,
decide on extracurricular activities for the coming
year and talk about schedule priorities.
The Redwood City School District encourages summer
library visits to keep students reading over the summer.
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As I Was
Publisher | Steve Penna
Finally city staff has admitted that the new cuttingedge
parking system in the downtown area is less
than perfect and that going back to the old meters
is an option. This comes at a time when those
revenues are way down, and many visitors to
downtown avoid the meters at all costs. So as a
way to create revenue during this so-called budget
crisis, the City Council voted to increase parking
fees throughout the area. This comes after they also
increased the parking ticket fees last year to $35.
What’s next, a sidewalk usage fee?
The Downtown Business Group, which represents
the area’s businesses, did not weigh in on the
issue, thus leading city staff, the City Council and
the general public to assume that the downtown
businesses do not care if their customers are
charged more for using their services. I for one
would not have taken the silent approach because
it is just going to deter more people from wanting
to shop and eat downtown. But that is just me.
The Independence Day celebrations have come
and gone in Redwood City and I, like so many
in our community, enjoyed the annual parade
and after activities surrounding the County
Center area. It was disappointing not having
the traditional fireworks display, but that is for
As the Fourth approached, I decided that I
wanted to ride in the parade and thought doing so
on a fire truck would be great fun. So I contacted
a few people and arranged to ride on one as a
“community member.” I had also thought about
riding on the “trash” truck as they have beverages
and music to enjoy. But fire truck it was.
On the morning of, after rushing around my
house trying to get organized, I was feeling I
would not make it on time to our designated
meeting place at the Marshall Street fire
station. Most of the side streets feeding into the
downtown area were blocked off because of the
parade setup, so maneuvering around was more
difficult than I expected. I arrived in the general
vicinity of the fire station and saw a few parking
spots near the Kaiser Hospital parking lot. They
were just beyond a few orange cones blocking
off the street and parking stalls. Since there were
some cars already there, I thought maybe I could
just drive around them and park fast. Which I
tried, but one of Redwood City’s finest (and I
don’t mean Miss Redwood City) let me know it
was not OK and directed me to park in one of
the dozens of empty spots in a parking lot a few
feet away. I could not see those spots when I was
outside the cones, so I felt a little embarrassed
after noticing them. I parked and arrived right on
time and headed to meet my chariot.
When I got to the fire station, the annual
pancake breakfast was in full swing and as I
walked down the street, I stopped along the
way to talk to friends and people I recognized:
Melanie Seybert (who reminded me she would
be taking some pictures of me; she didn’t), Paula
Uccelli (who introduced me to her nephews from
out of state who had just graduated from college
and were celebrating Redwood City style), Diana
Johnson (whom I had not seen in a while) and
Georgi LaBerge and Warren Dale (who were all
set up to watch the parade).
In no time, the time had arrived — I was to
ride on an engine that had been restored by the
firefighters and was not an official city truck.
Local businessman Alpio Barbara was riding on
it with me as were some firefighters and their kids.
Once I got on the back of the truck, I noticed
they had banners on the side of the engine that
encouraged residents to call City Hall and tell
them that they should not close fire stations in
their neighborhoods. Now I try my best to stay
neutral on these issues (firefighters vs. City Hall
and budget cuts) as I have to report and write on
them, but I was already there and life is too short
to be deterred from riding by a few banners with
messages I may or may not support. So we were
off and rolling.
As we got to our destination, where they line up
the parade participants in order on the side streets
around the Mezes Park neighborhood, we had a
chance to sit idly waiting for our turn to enter the
parade route. As we waited, we noticed that the
driver of one of the grand marshals of the parade
had accidentally locked her keys in the trunk of
her car. Your guess is as good as mine. However,
she was in luck because we had firefighters and an
auto shop owner right there to assist.
Alpio informed us all that this particular model
did not have a trunk release from inside, so we
could stop looking for one and would have to find
another way to get to the keys. As a few Marines
came over to help, we found out the seats in the
back were in fact bolted down so no one could get
in that way. Just as we had run out of legitimate
options, the parade director came and informed us
the parade had started and it was our turn to move
forward and that a tow truck would come in a few
minutes to help get the keys. I never found out
whether they made it or not.
But I did find out from one of the firefighters
that the battery for a BMW is in the trunk.
Coincidently, someone had asked me to give them
a battery jump the day before and I said yes, but
when we opened the hood of my car, we could not
find the battery. Now I know where it is. Is there
anything a firefighter cannot help with?
As we rode along the parade route, the crowd
seemed less enthusiastic then I had imagined. But
as our truck rolled by, we were met with applause
and waves. There was even this whole group of
gals who had signs stating “We love firefighters”
(Does that mean me?) “Newly single and looking
for a hot man” (Believe me, I was sweating it up
riding in the hot sun) and “Firefighters are hot.”
Being a single man, I realized I now want to be a
Needless to say, it was a good day!
Now to the budget and the issue of cutting “core
services.” (I am just writing about the core
services this month, but there are other areas
that need exposing that I will write about in the
future.) There seems to be some disagreement
as to what core services really mean, but let’s
just say for the sake of argument that it means
safety services (police and fire) and keeping our
streets and roads clean and functional. Those are
the things that are essential to us as taxpayers.
The other things, like planning and parks and
recreation, are not core services and should be
considered luxuries when we’re faced with cutting
core services. If you want those types of services,
pay for them. I mean, would you rather have a
weed pulled or a police officer at your door when
you need them? It is that simple and logical.
In this round of budget cuts, the Police
Department lost the most. They will lose a dozen
full-time positions: six sworn officers, four
community service officers, a dispatcher and a
clerk. They will also lose two part-time positions.
Now, you ask, what are core services?
Firefighters seem to be the most upset about the
cuts and will lose two positions and $1 million
or so in overtime dollars. Much of the overtime
costs come because the city has not fully staffed
the department and chose to pay overtime instead
of increasing the staff, thus avoiding the extra
benefits and pension plans, which is also at issue
with both departments.
The firefighters have started a campaign of
sorts to urge residents to call City Hall to keep
the stations staffed and not have any more layoffs
or cuts. This is just in preparation for what many
assume is coming in the next dozen months —
more cuts and restructuring.
The main question is, and will be, if core
services are being cut, how will those cuts affect
the response time of any of our safety responders?
I for one will not accept any less service in that
area and hope most in our community will not either.
(continued on page 28)
Redwood City’s Hernandez
to Fulfill His Boxing Dream
When Juan Hernandez steps into
the ring for his first professional
boxing match on Aug. 14 at the San
Mateo Event Center, he will have
realized a dream.
“I’ve been boxing for nine years, and people
don’t realize how hard it is to get a professional
fight,” Hernandez said. “I already had a dream of
the fight and I won with a knockout.”
Hernandez, 24, is a 5-foot-9-inch, 194-pounder
who will be fighting in a cruiserweight bout as
part of the undercard on Phantom Promotion’s
Fight Night to the Playboy Mansion. The
Redwood City resident and 2005 Sequoia High
graduate wasn’t originally on the card, so
Hernandez’s manager, Rick Nava, and one of
Hernandez’s other trainers had to put up $1,000 of
their own money to put the match on.
Nava hopes to recoup the $1,000 through ticket
sales, and if there is anything left over, it would
go toward Hernandez’s next fight. Hernandez
is 16-2, a two-time Northern California Golden
Gloves champion and a rising star. He rose up
the amateur ranks with the help of Nava at the
Redwood City Police Activities League, his home
Blessed with quick hands, underrated power
and tremendous instincts, Hernandez initially
got into boxing after following a friend to the
gym. He’s come a long way. At 15, Hernandez
weighed 230 pounds. Kids constantly made fun
of him, and one day Hernandez couldn’t take it
anymore. He started to run, went on a diet and
lost 30 pounds over an eight-month period. That’s
when he started boxing, which has developed his
confidence and overall outlook on life.
“But I never thought I could turn professional
until last year,” he said. “I won a couple of big
fights and started to get more confident.”
Hernandez’s strategy once he gets in the ring
is simple. He crowds his opponent, works the
body and looks to use his straight right and left
hook with devastating results. Hernandez has
to be quick on his feet because he often faces
much bigger opponents. The size differential has
done nothing to slow down Hernandez, whose
indomitable spirit impressed Nava since Day One.
“Juan has the heart of a champion,” Nava
said. “Like any boxer, Juan has taken some big
punches. But unlike a lot of them, he keeps on
coming at you.”
(continues on page 14)
Redwood City’s Juan Hernandez makes his pro
boxing debut Aug. 14. He compiled a 16-2 record
as an amateur and twice won a Northern California
Golden Gloves title. (Photo courtesy of Rick Nava)
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A Hidden Treasure Off, But Still On, the Main Street
By Nicole Minieri, Contributing Writer
Main Street Coffee Roasting Company owners
Mona Springer and Robert Baldwin had good
reason to rejoice on America’s birthday this year,
as this particular Independence Day marked the
beginning of their 20th year roasting and brewing
one of the best cups of coffee in all of Redwood
City. This quaint cafe is also ranked highly by its
critics, competition and customers as being one of
the Bay Area’s best hidden treasures with respect
to their wholesome breakfasts and light lunches,
not to mention their first-rate customer service.
Nestled on the outskirts of downtown at 150 Elm St.,
the proud proprietors are entering this milestone year
with the same drive and dedication as on day one.
“We opened Main Street Coffee Roasting
Company in 1991 on July Fourth at 1112 Main St.
and stayed in that location for the first 10 years
of business,” recalled Springer. “During those
early days we were just roasting coffee, making
espresso drinks and serving just a light amount of
food items. And there wasn’t much competition
in town back then, so people responded quickly
to the fresh roasted coffee, which had a nice,
full-bodied flavor to it. As time went on, we had
acquired a regular customer base, and they are the
ones that started to ask us if we could expand our
menu and start serving some kind of breakfast.
Just as the requests were coming in, the Elm Street
location became available, and at that point we
decided we were ready to move into a bigger space
and add a kitchen with the capability of preparing
breakfast and lunch.”
With a small but talented crew — including
Springer, who is an experienced pastry chef,
and Baldwin, who slow-heats premium beans to
perfection on-site every day — it’s a sure bet that
you won’t find anything less than great-tasting
coffee and the highest quality of food. Using
nothing but the finest and freshest ingredients,
their menu has gradually gravitated into an eclectic
and healthful variety of breakfast and lunch items
and delectable sweets. “We are very committed
in serving the best blends of coffee possible and
using only organic produce and food every day
to prepare all the meals on the menu with,” said
Springer. “And I think people can really tell and
taste the difference between what we do here and
what other places do. We get a lot of positive feedback
from our existing customer following, as well as
first-time customers, regarding the healthy food
Main Street Coffee frequently earns five-star
ratings on review websites. Comments posted
by the public include “I love this place … best
buttermilk pancakes … fabulous,” “This is my
new favorite place on the Peninsula,” “Simply the
best French roast coffee in the Bay Area, roasted
in-house,” “A diamond in the rough … the quality
of everything from the espresso to the food was
amazing … the service was a pleasant change of
pace from most coffee and breakfast shops, giving
that warm, fuzzy, family-run feeling,” “Staff is
super friendly,” “Fun, bright, smart interior, clean
and covered in the art of local artists,” “Good
food, kid-friendly, great place for brunch and live
music on the weekends,” and “Love, love, love
Main Street Roasting.”
Even with the arrival of other well-known
coffeehouses in Redwood City over the last
decade, such as Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea,
Main Street Coffee Roasting Company is still
operating robustly and is favored among the coffee
crowd as a “perk” experience. “There are at least
seven Starbucks in town and a lot of other coffee
places,” said Springer. “But we don’t compete
with them because they are on a completely different
level than we are. They have gotten away from
coffee and more into all sorts of fancy drinks. In
other words, they moved away from the gourmet
coffee industry, so basically we are not really
competing with them. On the other hand, it did
give us the opportunity to adjust our pricing
accordingly, and in return that helped us quite a
bit. Anyway, I always think of any competition
as a healthy thing, and I have learned a lot from
“Fun, bright, smart interior, clean and covered in the art of local artists”
Starbucks and Peet’s being in town, especially the
way Starbucks advertises. And Peet’s has always
been a motivator for me because my co-owner,
Robert, was trained by Alfred Peet, who was the
original owner of Peet’s Coffee. But overall, we
stay focused on what our goals are and what we’re
doing and not get pulled in and distracted by what
other places are doing.”
Unlike their chain competition, Springer and
Baldwin have absolutely no plans any time soon
to broaden their business outside of its existing
parameters. “Expansion is not in the works for us,”
explained Springer. “I have found that you tend to
lose something in the quality of control of the
coffee and food as you grow. Besides, locality-wise
we are in a really good spot, and what’s so great
about our location is that it is considered to be
(continues on page 11)
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Local Teens Anything but ‘Broken’
Local Teens Anything but ‘Broken’
Left to right: Austin Dunn, Connor Lung, Layla Allman, Will Escher, Nick Loiacono
Screams coming from your
radio could soon be those of
Redwood City–based Picture Me
Broken, a band of five 17-yearolds
whose debut album was
released by Megaforce Records.
They celebrated the release with a show at
Slim’s in San Francisco, where many band
members have seen shows growing up. The album
release is just one thing for Picture Me Broken to
celebrate during their last summer before senior
year at their various schools. Later, the band will
take the stage at the Roxy in Los Angeles and
will perform live in San Bruno this August at Hot
Topic in The Shops at Tanforan.
Hours before the album Wide Awake went live
online July 6, bassist Austin Dunn was getting
texts from people on the East Coast commenting
on it. The time difference meant some people could
get the album sooner than it was available locally.
Before the album came recognition by MTV,
performing at South by Southwest and a name change.
Starting a band didn’t come with aspirations of
screaming and getting a distribution deal with the
label that was started to get Metallica off the ground.
Originally, the band was four members.
It started with Dunn, Nick Loiacono and former
drummer Eric Perkins jamming out after school.
A self-proclaimed choir nerd at the time, Layla
Allman, who goes by Brooklyn, went to a jam
session and started working with the band.
They called themselves Lane Four — “Lane”
incorporating the first initial of each of their first
names and “Four,” well, because there are four of
them. Going to see other bands inspired the local
teens to start writing their own music, which took
inspiration from the emo and screamo bands to
which teens were listening, Allman explained.
As Lane Four, the band was featured as a
cover subject in the September 2008 issue of The
While the first song attempt wasn’t successful,
others that followed gained notice.
Before hitting it big, they made some changes.
Perkins left the band to focus on school and
was replaced by Connor Lung on drums. Will
Escher, rhythm guitar, was a later addition. And
the remaining process took time, as many popular
names had already been claimed or were hated by
the band a short time later.
Recognition outside of the local scene began
rolling in last year when Picture Me Broken
entered an MTV competition. Fans voted for their
favorite bands, and Picture Me Broken made the
top 10, then the top three. Film crews followed
the locals around to create shorts that appeared
regionally on MTV and nationally on MTV2.
It led to a video music award for the band, Best
Bay Area Breakout Artist.
Tons of kids from other places starting commenting
on the band’s music as a result, said Dunn.
Allman added that it was the first time the band
had true exposure.
Exposure grew from there. They’ve played at
a side stage in 2008 for Linkin Park’s Projekt
Revolution Tour, participated in last year’s
Warped Tour in San Francisco, were named one
of PureVolume.com’s top 20 unsigned bands and
had the chance to get more exposure at South by
Southwest this year.
Performing at South by Southwest sealed the
distribution deal with Megaforce for the Wide
Also this year, millions began mastering their
song “Dearest (I’m So Sorry)” when it became
available for download on Rock Band 2.
Of course the band gave performing their song
on the game a go. Playing on expert wasn’t in the
cards, as Allman, who isn’t a video gamer, was
unable to finish the song.
Dunn laughed, adding that the drummer, Lung,
can score a perfect 100 percent while singing the
song in game.
The success is amazing, but the band isn’t
giving up academic dreams.
Allman is finishing high school through
an online school, Loiacono and Lung attend
Carlmont High in Belmont, Escher goes to Gunn
High in Palo Alto and Dunn is taking classes at
Middle College at Cañada College in Redwood City.
Allman and Dunn both plan to attend college,
noting that education will be a significant factor
for the all-important business side of being in a band.
But that serious side won’t take away from their
“It’ll be brutal,” said Allman.
“That’s brutal spelled b-r-double-zero-t-4-l,”
Allman and Dunn said together, alluding to the
license plate Allman one day plans to have.
Editor’s note: For more information about Picture Me
Broken, visit www.myspace.com/picturemebroken.
“I am really proud to be in Redwood City” (Continued from page 11)
a ‘destination’ location. It’s a place were you
can come and spend quite a bit of time because
you don’t have to worry about parking limits or
finding a space. A lot of our customers like the
fact that it is off the fast track and that it’s hidden
away from downtown. We’re very happy with this
place, and having just one location is plenty. It’s
enough work for me!”
Springer can also attest that the word “plenty”
has taken on a whole different meaning since they
moved into their present location in 2000, because
each employee’s workload has become even
more demanding. “When we were in the smaller
space on Main Street for the first 10 years, it was
actually less complicated and more profitable,”
said Springer. “It became more complicated for
everyone and less profitable the day we moved
into a bigger space and expanded our food items.
It was also a nice thing when we operated smaller
because we had more time to spend with our
customers. Now that we are in a larger location,
we do try very hard to spend time with the people,
“A diamond in the rough … the
quality of everything from the
espresso to the food was amazing …
the service was a pleasant change
of pace from most coffee and
but it is more of a challenge because we are much
busier than before.”
Regardless of how full Springer’s plate may
presently be in running Main Street Coffee, she
still wouldn’t have it any other way or in any
other city. “I am really proud to be in Redwood
City and feel that my business is something
Redwood City needs,” said Springer. “I think it
is a great place, and all of the recent renovations
in Redwood City are all positive things for the
community. It’s changing slowly but surely and
when I travel outside of the area, I always hear a
lot of good feedback and comments on the changes.”
And like most mom-and-pop business owners
in Redwood City, Springer and Baldwin make
every effort to give back to others in order
to show their sincere appreciation for the
community. “We try to be involved and do as
much in the community as we can,” said Springer.
“We do a lot of donating and participating in
different school programs, police departments
and fire departments. Typically, we donate gift
certificates and coffee towards different raffles
and at all the local carnivals that schools have in
order to raise money. Also, we donate all of the
coffee and whatever supplies are needed to the
Redwood City Rowing Kayak Club when they
hold their races and to the pancake breakfast for
the Fire Department.” The Toys for Tots giftwrapping
party and the Redwood City Library
Foundation are additional nonprofit organizations
to which Springer and Baldwin faithfully offer
their goods and services annually.
Whether you are a new or repeat customer
longing to have that fantastic first cup of freshly
brewed coffee in the early a.m., homemade yellow
cornmeal buttermilk pancakes with real syrup
for breakfast, the Main Street burger for lunch,
pastries or a decadent chocolate treat, then it’s
time to ease on down the tiny road to the casual,
chic cafe with the courteous staff. Surely, you will
not be disappointed! Move over, chocolate, there
are other things better rich, fo’ sure!
For more information on Main Street Coffee
Roasting Company, visit their website at www.
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The Main Gallery
1018 Main St., Redwood City
The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with 23
members, showcases the work of some of the best
local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is located
in the historic yellow Victorian cottage at 1018
Main St., at the corner of Main and Middlefield.
The gallery is open Wednesday to Friday from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Susan Wolf, “Celebration Cups,” porcelain
“celebration cups” and Doris Fischer-Colbrie is
showing some new vases, which, as she states,
“present flowers well, perfect for a birthday
celebration.” And one of the newest artists,
Catherine Merril, is exhibiting two series of
sculpted narrative tiles in Herend porcelain
that she created during a May–June 2010
residency at the International Ceramics Studio in
Kecskemet, Hungary. The Herend porcelain is a
world-famous, very white, sparkling porcelain.
Illustrious patrons of the Herend porcelain factory
included Queen Victoria. Merril incorporated
decorative elements inspired by all the rich
architectural detail seen throughout Kecskemet.
The finished pieces are titled “A Sad Hungarian
The public is invited to attend the opening
reception on Aug. 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This is your chance to find a unique “birthday
gift” for your next birthday party, meet the artists
and enjoy a summer evening viewing art!
Artistry in Fashion
4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City
Sept. 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
$10 donation (proceeds benefit
Cañada College Fashion
Food is available
There will be over 60 professional designers
selling clothing, jewelry and accessories. A
fashion show featuring pattern designer Sandra
Betzina will start at 11 a.m. in the theater. The
fashion department will have an open house 12–3
displaying student work. Contact: Ronda Chaney,
Doris Fischer-Colbrie, “Flower Vase,” ceramic
Time to Celebrate The Main
Gallery’s 10th Anniversary
Come help celebrate their 10th anniversary at The
Main Gallery in Redwood City! The exhibition,
running from Aug. 11 to Sept. 12, is an annual
event and this year it will celebrate the group’s
10th year with a special birthday cake, piñata and
live music! The reception is on Saturday, Aug.
14, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in conjunction with
Redwood City’s Second Saturday Artwalk.
The Main Gallery, an artist co-op, was
established in 2000 by an ambitious group of
artists working toward creating a gallery that
presents strong, dynamic work to the community.
It is located in a charming historic Victorian
cottage situated next to Alana’s restaurant with a
lovely courtyard for outdoor breakfast and lunch.
Susan Wolf is showing her porcelain
Sequoia Art Group of
SAG artists at San Mateo County
Hall of Justice, both upstairs and
downstairs (through Aug. 26)
(continues on page 14)
P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor
Foust responds to ruling
I am very disappointed in the Fair Political Practices Commission’s recent ruling
regarding my alleged conflict of interest in my positions as a Redwood City
Councilmember and the CEO of SAMCEDA as it relates to the Saltworks project.
Personally and professionally, I hold myself to the highest ethical standards
and I have never taken a public position on the Saltworks project. After city
staff determined that an environmental impact report was required, my vote
on the City Council was to approve a contract selecting an environmental
consultant that was necessary for the City of Redwood City to fulfill its legal
obligations under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for a
development project application.
As an elected official, I have sworn myself to uphold the law, so I will
accept the Commission’s ruling. However, the FPPC’s letter contains factual
errors and the ruling itself contradicts well-documented opinions previously
issued by the FPPC in rulings similar to mine. In addition, the commission
left no option other than potential prosecution for me to defend myself,
so therefore I will submit a letter to the commission outlining the factual
inaccuracies and inconsistencies for the record.
Henceforth I will abstain from voting on issues related to the Saltworks project.
Rosanne Foust, Redwood City Councilmember
A citizen confused
Did Cargill forget that the people already voted no on their development
proposal? Also, why did the Redwood City Council waste money by hiring
an organization to do an environmental report?
The old-timers in Redwood City already gave them one in their no-vote
explanations. I have lived two-and-a-half blocks from Woodside Road since
1950. There were no stop signs on Woodside Road and my street. Later they went
to an arterial stop with increased development and eventually to a signal. There’s no
room for more traffic! As it is, the county doesn’t get around to fixing the potholes.
Foust and the FPPC
Carolyn Dubuc, Redwood City
Let me see if I understand this. Ms. Foust has not voted on or indicated approval
of the Saltworks plan but has advocated a thorough study of the proposal,
including putting the Saltworks proposal through the comprehensive California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, which includes the development
of an environmental impact report (EIR).
A complaint was filed with the FPPC alleging a conflict of interest since
Ms. Foust is CEO of an organization whose board has expressed support for
the plan. The FPPC in its wisdom has determined that developers will now
flock to join SAMCEDA and their coffers will swell with all the new, duespaying
memberships. Is that as ridiculous as it sounds?
The FPPC’s involvement was the result of a complaint filed by Menlo Park
Council Member Andrew Cohen, who “respects” Foust “but felt he had no
other choice.” Horse pucky.
Last fall in uncovered e-mails, we read that Mr. Cohen exchanged e-mails
and sat down for lunch at least once with the political director of Save The
Bay, Stephen Knight, prior to submitting a resolution against the Saltworks
project to the Menlo Park City Council. Save The Bay opposes any study of
the Saltworks proposal, including an environmental impact report. And Mr.
Cohen, as well as Menlo Park Council Member Kelly Fergusson (she with all
the letters after her name), has received campaign funds from the Loma Prieta
Chapter of the Sierra Club, who also opposes any studying of the proposal.
Save The Bay and Andy Cohen have managed to silence Ms. Foust. There are six
other council members on the dais. Who do you think they’re going to go after next?
Barb Valley, Redwood City
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Cultural Events (Continued from page 12)
The artists exhibiting are Linda Allen, Alisan
Andrews, Brenda Bennett, Gloria Dalmau,
Catherine Delfs, Sharon Hogan, Berni Jahnke,
Marla Lehr, Gisela Rabdau, Camilla Roos, Linda
Salter, Johanna Uribes and Marion Vanden Bosch.
In 1962 a group of local artists spent the
weekend painting together in the Gold Country.
On the ride home, they discussed creating an art
group to meet monthly to share their work and to
invite top Bay Area artists to demonstrate their
talents. The next year they became the Sequoia
Art Group (SAG) and began co-sponsoring the
Redwood City Spring Flower and Art Show,
later to become the Redwood City Spring Art
Show. In the years that followed, the art group
has continued to support local artists and provide
them with opportunities to show their work.
SAG is open to all artists and photographers
interested in improving their skills. Meetings
are on the fourth Monday of each month at the
Veterans Memorial Building, Gold Star Room,
1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City, at 7:30 p.m.,
except in January, July and December.
The purpose of SAG is to provide opportunities
for cooperation in the development of artistic
culture, improvement of fine art skills and
promotion of fellowship among persons who have
For more information on the Sequoia Art Group
visit their website, www.sequoiaartgroup.com. If
you have any questions you can phone for info at
San Mateo County
2200 Broadway St.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
$2–$4, free for children 5 and under
The History Museum is housed inside the historic
1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people
visit the museum each year, and the number of
local residents who hold memberships is growing.
The History Museum teaches approximately
14,000 children each year through the on- and
off-site programs. The museum houses the
research library and archives that currently hold
over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and
documents collected by the San Mateo County
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 earliest people of the Peninsula used
the natural resources of the area and how those
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
Charles Parsons Gallery. An exhibit of the 23
historical model ships created by Charles Parsons
of San Carlos.
Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement. The Atkinson
Meeting Room includes the Walter Moore Law
Enforcement Collection of historic badges.
San Mateo County History Makers:
Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World. The
exhibit chronicles the entrepreneurs who made
San Mateo County internationally known.
Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience
in San Mateo County. The exhibit tells the stories
of the diverse people who came to the area and
explores how different groups faced hardships and
Living the California Dream. The exhibit depicts
the development of the suburban culture of San
Aug. 7, 1 p.m.
The author talks about “Mid-Century by the Bay.’’
Redwood City’s Hernandez to Fulfill His Boxing Dream
(Continued from page 7)
Hernandez last fought in November, when he
won via a first-round knockout. He said his form
and conditioning is strong. He runs the 3.5-mile
loop near the Stanford University campus, a hilly
circuit that burns the lungs and tests the soul.
Hernandez prides himself on being in tip-top
condition. He knows having superior endurance
and stamina will take him a long way, especially
now that his fights consist of four three-minute
rounds. But the biggest difference in going
from the amateur to pro ranks — besides the
competition, of course — is that fighters don’t
wear head gear.
“I actually like boxing without head
protection,” he said. “You feel faster and see
Hernandez doesn’t usually get nervous before
a fight, but he knows he’ll have some butterflies
in the hours leading up to his first-ever pro
match. Hernandez said he’ll have over 20 family
members and friends in the crowd, cheering his
It’s taken Hernandez a tremendous amount
of discipline to get this far. In addition to his
training, he works as a landscaper with his
brothers and at a retirement center in Portola
Valley. He trains five to six days a week and
works up to 50 hours a week, leaving him little —
if no — downtime.
“No one told me it was going to be easy, and it
hasn’t been,” he said. “But I knew it would take
a lot of hard work to try to become a professional
boxer, and I’m just happy to get an opportunity
to realize my dream. I really appreciate everyone
who has helped me out, and I want to make them
Here’s thinking Hernandez has already done
that. Born in Mexico, Hernandez came to
America in 2001. The youngest of five children,
he struggled at first, not knowing a single word
of English. However, he eventually got up to
speed and became the first person in his family to
graduate from high school and attend college.
Hernandez was studying construction
management architecture at Cañada College for
the last couple of years before taking a break to
focus on his pro boxing career. Once he gets more
time, Hernandez plans on earning his degree and
becoming an electrician or architect. Until then,
he plans on mastering the sweet science.
Editor’s note: Tickets for Hernandez’s fight can be purchased
Nava said those looking to help Hernandez’s team and the
Redwood City PAL should use the ticket code RWCPAL under
“I knew it would take
a lot of hard work
to try to become a
and I’m just happy to
get an opportunity
to realize my dream.
I really appreciate
everyone who has
helped me out, and I
want to make them
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The Sequoia Hospital Foundation (www.sequoiahospitalfoundation.org) held its annual summer event, this year entitled “An Evening Out,” on June 25 on the exquisite grounds of
a private Atherton estate. The evening affair raised more than $300,000 to support Women’s Integrated Health at Sequoia. Co-chairs Denise Brown, M.D., and Lisa Boohar, M.D.,
welcomed the more than 400 guests to enjoy food and wine from nearly 35 restaurants, chefs and wineries, including Flaming Fresco, Martins West, John Bentley’s, Thomas
Fogarty Vineyards, La Honda Winery and Amphora, among many other celebrated pairings. Guests were also provided with an opportunity to enter a drawing for a stunning
pearl necklace donated by Geoffrey’s Diamonds and Goldsmith of San Carlos before a brief live auction led by master auctioneer Frank Bizzarro and dancing to close the night.
Challenge grants from the Sequoia Healthcare District and the Danford Foundation served to inspire guests’ generosity throughout the evening.
From top left: Co-chairs Denise Brown, M.D., and Lisa Boohar, M.D. Healthcare District President Don Horsley (right) with wife Elaine and friends. Foundation board member
Robert Dean and his wife, Trina, hosts for the evening. New Fox Theatre owners Eric (left) and Lori Lochtefeld (second from right) with members of the Chesler family. Colton
Daines and Jeri Richardson-Daines (center) with Don and Nancy Hack.
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Wow! They Really Did This:
Community Theater Returns
By Nicole Minieri,
As chief financial officer for Transparent Video
Systems Inc. by day, Lesley Hoelper asserts
during high-powered meetings, “Of course
there’s enough money to go around; in fact, we
already have plenty of money for next year’s fiscal
budget!” But as sundown approaches, she flips the
switch to theatrical producer and enthusiastically
works alongside theater manager and co-producer
Dave “Papa Bear” Briggs to brainstorm how they
are going to creatively thread together Redwood
City Community Theatre’s second annual
production within a small budget. Although
there is much to be done behind the scenes, often
involving long and tiresome hours, in order to pull
off a succession of unforgettable performances,
Hoelper and Briggs find their theatrical work to be
particularly fulfilling and couldn’t be more proud
to present this summer’s exuberant production
of the classic musical “The Music Man” in late
August at the theater’s domicile, Carrington Hall
at Sequoia High School.
In 2009, Hoelper and Briggs, who at the time
were already engaged in showcasing local live
theatrical performances, launched the nonprofit
community theater company after they were
approached by the city’s Cultural Commission.
“The history behind the formation of [Redwood
City] Community Theatre is interesting,” said
Hoelper. “Basically we got it started about a year
and a half ago when the City of Redwood City
contacted Dave and I, and knew of us because
Dave was the theater manager over at Sequoia and
I had been doing the shows over at the high school
as well. The Cultural Commission wanted to not
only start a theater group, but they had 12 days a
year open to bring some sort of cultural event to
Redwood City. Since Dave and I had already been
working together on directing other musicals, we
were chosen to form the theater group in 2009.”
With a generous grant from the Cultural
Commission in hand, coupled with supplementary
backing from the city, Hoelper and Briggs
produced and directed the community theater’s
first production, “Bye Bye Birdie.” “It really
wasn’t ‘work’ for me because of the fact that
I have done this so much before,” explained
Hoelper. “It was a nice-size production and since
I’ve directed very large casts in the past, nothing
really scares me.” But she was concerned about
the unknown, wondering how she would get
people to audition and whether people would
come to the shows. “We got the word out and
people just rallied around. We had a great turnout
for auditions, plus our average audience was
between 200 to 250 people per show,” she said.
The theater’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie”
was a success, especially considering it was the
first go-around, but some mistakes were still
made and Hoelper regarded the production as a
positive learning experience. “What I learned
most from the previous year was that we really
needed more publicity. We do have a website this
year and it’s absolutely gorgeous,” said Hoelper.
“We also had a professional artist design our fliers
for ‘The Music Man’ production and are handing
out matching business cards with the show’s
information on it. So this time around, we are
doing a lot more publicity than last year. Facebook
is another vehicle that we have been using to get
the word out and that too has been very helpful.”
Having the talented cast and phenomenal crew
march alongside a float promoting “The Music
Man” in the Redwood City Fourth of July parade
also proved to be conducive to spreading the news
of the theatrical production.
Sponsored by the City of Redwood City,
Sequoia Union High School District, Crippen
& Flynn, the Uccelli Foundation, Pete’s Harbor
and The Spectrum Magazine, “The Music Man”
premieres on Friday, Aug. 20, and will run for two
consecutive weekends, ending with the Sunday
matinee finale performance on Aug. 29.
Though she may now be pleased to bring this
timeless musical production to the playhouse,
“The Music Man” was not one of Hoelper’s
top choices and, to be honest, it wasn’t even a
thought. “When it came time to pick a play, I had
wanted it to be an absolute popular show. Since I
grew up with musicals, I first thought about ‘The
Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Annie,’” said Hoelper. “Then
I went around and started asking people what
they thought about ‘The Music Man.’ At first I
wasn’t thrilled about it, but what eventually got
me to select it was that I work with a bunch of
engineers who would never walk into a theater. I
went up to one of them and I said, ‘I am going to
mention a play to you and I want you to tell me if
you know it.’ When I said ‘The Music Man,’ he
started singing one of the songs from the play and
he said, ‘Oh my God, I love that musical!’ And I
thought to myself, if he knows about ‘The Music
Man,’ then I’m doing it!”
Interestingly, it was an appearance in “The
Music Man” that ignited Hoelper’s interest in
theater exactly 15 years ago. “Theater is my
passion and I basically got into theater there
by chance through my children,” said Hoelper.
“My daughter, who was 5 years old at the time,
Cover: Nick Darneille. Opposite page, left to right: Josh
Fellion, Madeleine Korn, Justin Darneille, Rachel Alves,
Gillian Weisenfluh, Nick Darneille. Above, l to r: Roxanne
Fornells, Tom Halligan. Below, l to r: Mark Metzler,
was taking a theater class in San Carlos and
they were putting on ‘The Music Man.’ At that
time Monica, the director of the production, told
my daughter that she couldn’t be in it without a
parent. She said she needed a man to be on the
train at the beginning of the show and I thought
of my husband.” The part called for the man on
the train to be reading a newspaper, so Hoelper
went home and said to her husband, an avid
newspaper reader, “‘You really love reading the
newspaper?’ He said, ‘Yes,’ and I said, ‘Good,
because you are going to be doing that in front of
500 people for seven nights.’ And that is how we
broke into theater. My husband has been in most
of my shows and my two daughters have been in
a couple of my shows. My daughter Molly is into
choreography and my other daughter, Kassie, is
into set design, so theater has definitely become
a family affair for us. Doing theater has been
great because I get to use my creative side. Plus,
I really love working with adults, kids of all ages
and people from all different walks of life from
Redwood City. They should have the opportunity
to experience theater too.”
(continues on page 25)
“Theater is my
passion and I
basically got into
theater there by
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Parties Around Town
Chamber Mixer, July 21 — Canyon Inn
From top left: Alyn Beals and Canyon Inn owner Tim Harrison share some admiration. Spa Luxe day spa owner Sky Hill with Councilwoman Rosanne Foust. Robert Pedro,
Councilman John Seybert and Redwood Chapel’s Don LaBarbera before they dive into the fantastic food. Marion McDowell flashes that familiar smile. Tim Harrison, Mayor Jeff Ira
and John Shroyer share a laugh. Toni Hill and Karen Gitter from new chamber member Blue Water Party Rentals.
Shop Local This Summer! – Shop Redwood City!
Check out our Best of the Best selections below. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to
shopping locally today and every day? Whether you are out shopping, dining or enjoying
some entertainment, you will benefit because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all.
These businesses not only provide excellent service but also contribute to our community.
Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Whether you are looking for a new
set of tires or need repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood City institution
has been providing quality vehicle services since 1957. 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. They even have free Wi-Fi Internet so
you can work while you wait for your vehicle to be serviced.
Eating and Catering:
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – “The Canyon Inn has had the same owner
for over two decades and every year it just keeps getting better. They serve
everything from hamburgers to pizza, all kinds of sandwiches and pastas,
and they even have a South of the Border menu! There’s a Sunday all-youcan-eat
menu and sports action on the big flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to
reserve their closed patio for your next party — it has heaters, fans and a bigscreen
TV (no extra charge). Why cook when you don’t have to? They also do
catering too for any special event!”
Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St. – “We went there
and it was fabulous! My friends were very impressed by their food menu, and
I have to say the burger I had was tasty and quite possibly the best in town.
They also have 21 big-screen televisions to view sporting events and more.
This place has it all! I am so happy that Redwood City has such an upscale
place for watching your favorite sports team, having a drink with friends or
dancing the night away. Let’s all get out and support them!” Start booking
your small or large special events now.
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad
restaurants. There are OK restaurants. Then there are those places, the magic
ones. You come back again and again because the food doesn’t just taste good
and satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.” Senior citizens receive
$1 off and children under 12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com.
San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City locations – As a memberdriven
organization, SMCU does everything possible to ensure that all of
your financial priorities are anticipated and fulfilled. Some of the more
popular offerings include free personal auto shopping assistance, membersonly
car sales, low-rate home loans and lines of credit. Contact them at 650-
363-1725 or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch for additional information. Learn
the advantages of membership banking.
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis
Carpet Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to a company
of several employees and vans. The Lewis family works and lives in
Redwood City and is committed to our community. When you’re choosing
a reputable company, that should make you feel secure. Ask about their
Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely
nothing. Call today and get your home looking great.
Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real – Hannig Law Firm LLP provides
transactional and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The professionals
at HLF are committed to knowing and meeting their clients’ needs through
long-term relationships and value-added services, and to supporting and
participating in the communities where they live and work.
Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. – This women-only, bodypositive
fitness center in downtown Redwood City offers a variety of classes,
weight and cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage and skin care.
Flexible pricing, with several options available for members and nonmembers.
Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.com or call 650-364-9194 to get started.
Bizzarro’s Auto Auction – 2581 Spring St. – Owner Frank Bizzarro’s unique
business offers auto auctions, consignment vehicle sales, appraisal services
and even ways to donate your vehicle to charity. If you are thinking of holding
an event with a live auction to increase your fundraising efforts, Frank and his
staff are also a one-stop auction team with spotters, clerks, sample catalogs,
bid numbers, etc. Just give Frank a call at 650-363-8055 and get details on all
of their services.
Castle Insurance – 643 Bair Island Road, #104 – Castle Insurance is an
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RWC Teenage Gang Members Sentenced in Fatal Attack
A teenage gang member who walked away from a juvenile detention camp
and days later fatally stabbed an older Redwood City man several times during
a street fight sparked by his girlfriend was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.
Adrian Sedano, 18, did not address the court during sentencing but
family members of his victim, Ramon Buenrostro, took turns sharing the
ongoing pain and suffering caused by the fatal stabbing of the 21-year-old.
Buenrostro’s mother displayed a photo of her son followed by a picture of his
gravestone, telling Sedano that it was all she had left.
Sedano received 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus an additional
year for the use of a knife. He must serve the full 15 before being eligible
for parole. He also received a concurrent two-year term for a gang charge on
which he pleaded no contest prior to trial.
Separately, another teenager involved in the attack was sentenced to a year
in jail for his role in assaulting the victim.
Christian Lopez, 18, is free with credit for time served on a single count of
assault with a deadly weapon but must spend three years on probation. Lopez,
who was originally charged with murder before prosecutors downgraded the
case, pleaded no contest in April 2009 and testified in Sedano’s trial.
On June 4, after deliberating less than an afternoon, jurors convicted Sedano.
The verdict was a middle ground between the first-degree conviction sought
by the prosecution and the voluntary manslaughter count argued for by the defense.
Sedano’s defense never denied the teenager, then 16, stabbed Buenrostro,
21, six times on Aug. 9, 2008, but told the jury he did not premeditate and
deliberate the act. He conceded Sedano was a Norteño gang member but
said he was a teenager affected by the beating of his girlfriend who did
“something real stupid” by bringing a knife to a confrontation.
According to prosecutor Joe Cannon, Sedano — who was wanted for
having walked away from the juvenile detention facility Camp Glenwood —
armed himself with a knife when a group including Buenrostro came looking
for his 21-year-old girlfriend, who had been in a fight with one of them earlier
that night at a 7-Eleven convenience store. Sedano and the others left their
Geneva Avenue apartment and began fighting. All were unarmed aside from
Sedano and at some point he stabbed Buenrostro six times, including one
wound that shoved the knife up to his heart.
Lopez, also 16 at the time, participated in the fight but prosecutors said
there was no proof he wielded the knife or knew of Sedano’s plans.
Prior to trial earlier this year, Sedano’s case stretched through questions of his
competency. A trio of doctors — a third was appointed to break the tie — in
July 2009 found him incompetent. Rather than accept that outcome, prosecutors
sought a trial on the matter and prevailed after a four-day hearing on the matter.
Police Seek Info on February Fatal Stabbing
Redwood City police are still looking for information in their ongoing
investigation into the February murder of 47-year-old Alycia Williams, said
Detective Ed Feeney.
“We’re just trying to keep Alycia’s name in the paper and let people know
that we are still working on the case,” Feeney said.
Officers performing a welfare check in the 700 block of Leahy Street in
Redwood City on Feb. 9 discovered Williams’ body.
Concerned family members had requested the check because they had not
had contact with Williams for several days.
An autopsy revealed that she had been stabbed multiple times.
No arrests have been made in the case but Feeney said investigators have
talked to a number of people and are following up on leads.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Ed Feeney
at 650-780-7129 or Detective Steve Fine at 650-780-7677.
Mom Pleads Insanity for Attacking Family
The Redwood City mother accused of drugging and attacking members of
her family with a 10-pound dumbbell entered twin pleas of not guilty and not
guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of attempted murder.
However, before Philomena Mary Brown, 39, can stand trial, three courtappointed
doctors must first assess her mental state. Their reports are due
back Sept. 1.
Unlike competency, which is a person’s ability to aid in their own defense,
sanity is a person’s mental state at the time of an alleged crime.
In Brown’s case, a jury will first be asked to decide if she is guilty. If so,
the sanity phase will follow next.
Brown’s defense attorney, Vince O’Malley, indicated his plans to mount an
insanity defense at her last court appearance, at which she waived her right to
a preliminary hearing and headed straight to Superior Court. O’Malley has
said his client suffered a mental breakdown in the weeks before the attack,
believing people wanted to harm or even kill her family.
Brown is charged with three counts of premeditated attempted murder
— alongside child abuse charges — which leaves her facing life in prison if
convicted. The key is the premeditation allegation, which prosecutors say is
shown by her knowingly slipping drugs to her husband, 23-year-old daughter
and 13-year-old son the night before the June 21 attack.
Police arrested Brown after receiving a call from her 13-year-old son just
after 5:30 a.m. June 21. He reported Brown having attacked him and his 23-yearold
sister at the family’s home at 1010 Vera Ave. Later details showed that Brown’s
husband of 26 years, originally reported as having slept through the incident,
was allegedly drugged the previous night by something she placed in their food.
The next morning, Brown allegedly went into her daughter’s bedroom and
hit her in the head with a 10-pound dumbbell while she slept. Her son heard
the altercation and encountered his mother in the hallway but was allegedly
punched in the face with the same dumbbell.
Brown fled the house while her son reportedly ran to his father’s room
and found him groggy. Both children were hospitalized and her daughter
sustained a skull fracture.
Sheriff’s deputies found Brown later that afternoon in her car at Pomponio
State Beach near Half Moon Bay. Authorities believe she tried to kill
herself with prescription medication, and she was hospitalized before being
medically cleared and taken to the women’s jail.
On Friday, Brown’s husband asked a judge to modify a restraining order
against her to a no-harassment order. Judge Lisa Novak declined.
Man Arrested for Attempted Carjackings
A man was arrested after attempting to carjack a Maserati and then a
motorcycle in the area of Woodside and Middlefield roads, according to
Redwood City police.
Christopher Bose, 37, was booked into county jail for two counts of
attempted carjacking and hit and run, according to police.
Bose pulled up to the driver of the Maserati at a red light, exited his car
and demanded the victim get out of the car. The victim ignored the suspect’s
demand and drove away, but Bose followed the car and deliberately collided
with the Maserati, according to police. Bose then lost control of his own
vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole. Bose exited his car and ran to
the intersection of Bay Road and Charter Street and then knocked over a
motorcyclist. Bose attempted to take the motorcycle but its driver fought
back, according to police.
Two plainclothes Redwood City police detectives observed the fight and
apprehended Bose as he tried to flee the scene, according to police.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact
police at 650-780-7100.
Capri Motel Robbed at Gunpoint
Redwood City police are on the lookout for two men who robbed the Capri
Motel at gunpoint and made off with approximately $500.
Just after noon, the two men entered the motel at 2380 El Camino Real
from Linden Street by jumping over the back fence. They entered the motel
office, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the till.
The two men fled over the back fence onto Linden Street and a bystander
saw them get into a black or dark blue older model sedan, possibly ’90s
model, four-door and Toyota, according to police.
The man with the gun was described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 11 inches,
170 pounds, shaved head and thin mustache and wearing a white T-shirt. The
second man was described as black, in his 20s, 6 feet 3 inches, 190 pounds
and wearing a black hat, according to police.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the
Redwood City Police Department at 650-780-7100.
Sequoia High School Alumni Association Annual Picnic
The Sequoia High School Alumni Association is hosting its fourth annual
picnic on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the beautiful Sequoia
High School campus located at 1201 Brewster Ave. in Redwood City.
Alumni, their family and friends, past and current teachers, staff and
administrators, students and their parents, school-affiliated groups and the
general public are all invited. San Carlos High School alumni are also welcome
to attend. Funds raised benefit the Sequoia High School Alumni Association,
which in turn helps support the students and the school with grants,
scholarships and funding for programs and projects benefiting the school.
“Celebrate Sequoia: Remember the Past … Look to the Future” is the
theme. Attendees will look forward to a delicious barbeque lunch catered
by Emergency BBQ Deli and Catering, a dedication ceremony naming the
baseball field after former coach Bob Andersen, a tour of the campus, a
performance by the Sequoia cheerleaders, meeting old friends and more.
“Golden Grads” (those celebrating their 50th anniversary of graduating from
Sequoia — the class of 1960) will be honored. Purple Patriot Awards will
be presented to volunteers Rosemary Alvarez and Nancy Oliver for their
outstanding service providing significant benefit to Sequoia High School.
The cost for adults is $30. A limited number of tickets will be available at
the door for $35. The cost is $20 for children 10 and under. It is requested that
tickets be reserved by Aug. 14. Make checks payable to SHSAA and mail
to “Celebrate Sequoia,” c/o Sally Newman, 106 Iris St., Redwood City, CA
94062. Alumni, please note your graduation year, your spouse’s name, and,
if applicable, your maiden name. For questions, call 650-592-5822 or email
Sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net. For further information and a reservation
form, check the association’s website at www.sequoiahsalumniassoc.org.
9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Planned
On Saturday, Sept. 11, a special memorial and remembrance of the tragedy
of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 will take place at Oracle in Redwood City,
hosted by the Redwood City Fire Department. This special event is intended
as not only a memorial for the 343 members of the Fire Department of New
York (FDNY) who lost their lives on that day, but also as a recognition and
remembrance for the family and friends left behind.
Firefighters from throughout the Bay Area are registering now for the
9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, during which they will carry the names of fallen
FDNY firefighters with them as they enter an Oracle building and climb the
equivalent of 110 flights of stairs — the number of floors in the World Trade
Center. At 8:30 a.m. on that day there will be a brief ceremony and speakers,
followed at 9 a.m. by a moment of reflection accompanied by bagpipes. At
9:05 a.m., the firefighters begin their untimed climb. Family, friends and
media can follow their progress as they exit the building several times to
restart climbing the stairs to accomplish the 110-floor equivalent.
Community members who wish to volunteer can participate by helping to
pass out water to the firefighters, handle preregistration packets and handle
other tasks on that day. Donations on-site can be made to the Redwood City
Create-A-Smile Foundation, with proceeds forwarded to the Widows and
Orphans Fund of the Fire Department of New York.
More details will be provided as the date approaches. In the meantime,
information and firefighter registration is available at www.
redwoodcity911memorialclimb.com or by contacting Redwood City
firefighter/paramedic Michelle Noack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-205-5521.
Fox Theatre Nabs Broadway by the Bay for Performances
In performance, timing is everything.
And, when it came to Broadway by the Bay finding a new home, the
longtime musical theater company had luck on its side.
The group, which is being forced from its current spot at the San Mateo
Performing Arts Center by renovations, was interested in the historic Fox
Theatre in downtown Redwood City. However, the theater was in financial
straits, the owners were looking to sell and eventually the building was
foreclosed and returned to the bank.
But in May, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld and a group of investors bought
the former movie house with plans to restore it as a premier music and
performance destination — in essence, providing the perfect venue at the
perfect time for Broadway by the Bay.
“The timing really seems to be working out for us,” said Jim Gardia,
executive director of Broadway by the Bay.
The company will begin its 2011 season next April at the Fox and while
patrons, new and old, can expect the same stellar productions, Gardia said,
there are some new aspects to seeing a show at the Fox Theatre.
The San Mateo Performing Arts Center at 600 N. Delaware St. is adjacent
to San Mateo High School, so it is limited in what can be served in the lobby
during intermission. In contrast, the Fox Theatre at 2215 Broadway can serve
up wine or other types of alcohol.
“Now there will be the full theater experience,” Gardia said.
Theater-goers will also be in closer proximity to restaurants and can better
walk or train to the venue.
The Fox Theatre seats 1,400 compared to the performing arts center’s
1,600 but the stage is pretty much a traditional Broadway house size and
ticket prices will not change, Gardia said.
Aside from keeping the current audience happy, Gardia is hopeful the more
southern location will draw new faces from that segment of the county and
Eric Lochtefeld said he had no comment on what the move means for his
newly opened theater.
However, Redwood City leaders welcomed the company with open arms.
“This is a great fit for the Fox Theatre, a brilliant addition to our downtown
and will offer yet another reason for people from throughout the Peninsula to
visit and enjoy downtown Redwood City,” Mayor Jeff Ira said in a written statement.
The art deco theater was built in 1928 and opened the following year as
the New Sequoia Theatre by the owner of a Peninsula movie house chain.
After two decades, the theater was extensively remodeled in the 1950s and in
1993 placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1998, the owners
began restoring the theater and it re-opened in June 2002 as a cornerstone of
Redwood City’s long-anticipated downtown renovation.
City officials watched closely when the Fox Theatre’s financial challenges
came to light last fall and eventually led to its shuttering soon after. Many worried
its closure would impact other businesses around the Courthouse Square plaza.
Meanwhile, Broadway by the Bay learned the San Mateo Performing
Arts Center planned substantial renovations beginning next year and began
looking for a new spot. When the Lochtefelds and their team bought the Fox,
there was relief.
“It’s not as if there are a lot of options on the Peninsula. The Fox is one of
the only legitimate theaters in this area. That’s why we’re thrilled to be able
to call it home,” Gardia said.
Whether the theater company moves back to the performing arts center
after the renovations is up in the air. Construction is scheduled for 18 months
but could always take longer. Another question is how well the company and
the theater meld together to both entities’ benefit.
“We will just see how it all unfolds,” he said.
Redwood City Company Gets CMP Contract
Central Maine Power, that state’s largest electric utility, has selected a
California company to supply 620,000 so-called smart meters to be installed
by early 2012, reducing costs for CMP and allowing consumers to monitor
their power consumption, the companies said.
Redwood City–based Trilliant Inc. said the nearly $200 million smart meter
program will be funded by CMP with $96 million in federal stimulus money
and matching funds from CMP’s corporate parent, Iberdrola USA.
The electric meters will be connected to a high-speed secured network,
enabling CMP to read the meters remotely and to eliminate meter readers.
Customers would be able to monitor their power consumption in real time,
and the technology could open the door to different pricing plans down the road.
“We have ambitious goals to improve our service and deliver value for
customers through our smart grid network,” said Sara Burns, CMP president
and chief executive officer.
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Community Interest (Continued from previous page)
Trilliant said it will provide software to manage the smart grid network. It’s
partnering with General Electric and Landis+Gyr to provide the meters and
with IBM to provide networking software, the company said. Workers will
begin installing the meters this fall, officials said.
Smart meters are on the front line of plans for an advanced power grid
because they can communicate with utilities and respond to constantly
changing energy prices.
All told, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $230 million in federal
stimulus funding — matched by the recipients — for smart meters in New England.
For CMP, smart meters will bring an immediate cost savings by
eliminating the need for meter readers, who drive 2 million miles a year to
check meters, said CMP spokesman John Carroll. The system also could
speed CMP’s storm response and eliminate the need for a site visit when
service is turned on or off, he said.
The smart meter plan was opposed by the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers because it calls for layoffs of 141 full- and part-time
employees, including 85 meter readers.
The union contends stimulus money shouldn’t have been used for
something that has the potential to eliminate jobs.
CMP and the union are currently in negotiations over terms of the layoffs,
said Cynthia Phinney, business manager for Local 1837 in Manchester, Maine.
For CMP customers, smart meters will enable them to monitor their
power consumption in real time for free via the Web or through additional
equipment available for purchase, allowing them to educate themselves and
alter their habits to reduce consumption and save money, Carroll said.
Eventually, a combination of smart meters and smart grid improvements
could open the door to new pricing formulas. For example, consumers in the
future could opt for dynamic pricing in which rates vary by the time of day,
or for demand-response programs in which appliances could be disabled
remotely by utilities.
Dick Davies, Maine’s public advocate, said the technology holds great
potential. But he said CMP must work with regulators to avoid complaints
like those levied against Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which last spring
acknowledged some customers in its smart meter program may have received
inaccurate utility bills.
“The technology has some real potential but if you don’t go about implementing
it in the right way, there’s the potential for real problems,” Davies said.
CMP said the project wouldn’t have taken place without federal stimulus
dollars. In the past, CMP sought to upgrade electric meters, but regulators
said it would’ve been too costly.
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Wow! They Really Did This: Community Theater Returns in a Big Way!
(Continued from page 17)
But Hoelper also holds the stage, sound and
lighting crews in high regard and is quite a
big fan of interacting with all of the backstage
principals, which currently include theatrical
director Michael Taylor, costume designer Wendy
Schetturo, choreographer Taylor White, musical
director Allen Muller, musical director Terry
Samuelson, the show’s band and, of course, Papa
Bear! “I think it’s incredible and heartwarming
how the cast and crew step up to the plate all the
time,” said Hoelper. “They all amaze me!”
Hoelper is amazing too and is definitely an
asset to the Redwood City Community Theatre.
One of her main goals has been to put the theater
on the map. “I want to make it a theater group that
people from all over know about,” said Hoelper.
“Nothing comes overnight, so you have to keep
persevering. I plan to keep coming out every year
and get more and more people involved, because
the major thing is to make sure you put on a
quality performance. And I do not shortchange
anything. I spend about 800 hours for every
performance and live and breathe it!”
Hoelper journeyed into theater from the sports
world and feels that there is a strong correlation
between the two. “Coming from the sports
world, I realized that theater is just another
sport,” explained Hoelper. “It teaches you about
working well with other people. It teaches you
about competition because you have to try out for
different parts and not everyone gets the part that
they want. And it teaches you how to be a team
player, and that is really important in theater.”
What seems most important to Hoelper is
encouraging newcomers to consider trying
theater, even if it’s only for one time. “I firmly
believe that people should get on stage at least
once in their lifetime,” said Hoelper. “People
usually say to me, ‘No, I can’t do it,’ but what it is
is a fear inside. You have to break those barriers.
Sometimes I’ll cast someone and I’ll tell them
that I know they can do this. I give them the part
and give them a lot of individual coaching and
that helps build up their confidence.” That she
genuinely boosts their self-esteem should come
as no surprise to anyone since Hoelper’s main
mission is to make others reach their highest
potential not only in their theatrical performance,
but also in their personal life. “One thing I believe
in is setting the highest goals,” added Hoelper. “I
have really high standards, but when people reach
them, they are like, ‘Wow, I really can do this!’”
While Hoelper wouldn’t mind moving on up
to the big city and the bright lights of Broadway,
she is still fairly content to keep herself planted
here as one of the community theater production
team’s chief dramatis personae. She is someone
who loves to be kept busy and, in return, plans on
keeping the novel theater company on their toes
with “The Music Man” and whatever upcoming
drama or musical production she chooses to
produce. Fortunately for us, Hoelper intends to
theatrically “roll until she goes” and sees herself
involved in theater as long as it remains fun and
enjoyable. For now, she’ll continue to make key
financial decisions as CFO between the hours of
9 to 5, but come nightfall, she and Briggs will
happily have their hands in every aspect of the
entire theatrical production to ensure a sweet
success on both sides of the curtain. An arduous
job indeed, but that’s small-time Broadway, and
don’t be surprised if you ever hear them say, “No,
we don’t drink at all, but give us one anyway!”
“It teaches you about
working well with
other people. It teaches
you about competition
because you have to try
out for different parts
and not everyone gets
the part that they want.”
Above: Francis Lee. Right: Jeff Norris prepares the set.
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Let Me Make a Point/Let Me Counter That
Let Me Make a Point/Let Me Counter
That is a new feature premiering in
this month’s Spectrum Magazine.
Periodically we will ask residents
to sound off on issues that are of
concern to our community. We will
then offer our readers the chance
to express their opinions by writing
a letter to the editor. Here we go!
Let Me Make a Point
A different path for city services
It is time for all cities to move toward a different
way of providing public safety services. For the
southern part of San Mateo County, closing down
police departments and contracting with the San
Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for police services
could be a natural fit. Closing fire stations that
are close to their neighbors who could provide
good service on a contract basis would provide
substantial cost savings as well. To start with,
Redwood City should consider contracting for
police services with the San Mateo County
Sheriff’s Office and working with the Woodside
Fire Protection District to close one fire station
and share another.
Fiscal crisis or not, cities have to look at
different ways of providing services. There
is nothing like a financial disaster that is
unprecedented in the lives of most Americans to
motivate a careful look at how government spends
and receives money. Virtually every city revenue
source is down and may not come back up for
years or ever, while contracted-for expenses continue
to rise. Even if cities are able to further control
costs, primarily employee wages and benefits, and
contributions to pensions, there still will likely be
structural imbalances. Change is needed.
Since public safety generally takes up more
than 50 percent of a city general fund budget and
sometimes more than 60 percent, shouldn’t we
be looking toward more efficient, cost-effective
ways of providing those services? Police and fire
personnel should always be paid well and have
good pensions, but in a relatively small county
that has 20 towns and cities, there should not be
any question as to whether efficiencies can be found.
The contract model is well-tested. The Sheriff’s
Office, which already patrols all unincorporated
areas of the county, provides contract police
services to Woodside and Portola Valley, is the
“transit police” for SamTrans and Caltrain, and is
in serious negotiations with San Carlos. The San
Carlos commissioned-consultant study on police
services reported that nearly half of the cities in
Los Angeles County contract with their sheriff’s
office (including such diverse cities as Malibu
and Lynwood) and that most newly formed cities
throughout the state are contract cities. Cupertino,
Saratoga and Los Altos Hills contract with the
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
The San Carlos study also concluded that
mergers of police departments and formation
of joint power authorities for police services
have proven to be problematic. Based on my
experience spanning more than two decades as
a mayor, councilman and chair of six county and
regional boards that have included elected city
council members and members of the board of
supervisors of the counties of San Mateo, Santa
Clara, San Francisco and Alameda, I know how
difficult it is for cities to give up their perceived
turf and work together. The success of joint power
agencies is highly dependent upon elected city
council members from neighboring cities having
long-term mutual trust and respect. That clearly
There are additional challenges for combining
fire/paramedic first-responder services, but
there are great examples in San Mateo County
of departments working together or merging.
The union representing firefighters throughout
the county has long been interested in looking
at having one county fire department, but that
is unlikely to ever occur. Fire/paramedic firstresponder
service is extraordinarily successful
but expensive and not always efficient. The failed
San Carlos–Belmont Joint Powers Agency for
fire services provides a model that I think few
would want to emulate. But even contracts for
limited services with adjoining cities can make
a real difference. The Redwood City fire chief
reported during budget deliberations that there
is a Redwood City fire station and a Woodside
Fire Protection District fire station about one
mile apart from each other that together average
about two calls a day. Redwood City and the
Woodside Fire Protection District should consider
contracting in which either one of the two stations
closes, or they open on a rotating basis, with
services and cost savings shared.
Change is tough. The San Carlos Police
Officers Association opposed contracting with
the Sheriff’s Office, but their attempt to thwart
the plan by placing an initiative on the ballot
fizzled and, according to media reports, the Police
Officer Association is fractured. Redwood City
firefighters are vigorously opposing necessary
Redwood City fire service reform borne from the
fiscal crisis and perhaps would oppose contracting
with Woodside. They, as the San Carlos police
officers, can be partners or obstacles of reform,
but they will find the more they oppose change,
the more they will lose public support. I believe
the men and women of the Redwood City police
and fire departments are truly extraordinary and
provide the best possible service in the entire
county. As proud and as thankful as I am for
them, times have changed — and not just for
Maybe it is time for the sheriff to provide
contract police services for San Carlos, Redwood
City, Belmont, Atherton, Menlo Park and Half
Moon Bay and for every city to work better
together to provide high-quality fire/paramedic
first-responder services with fewer stations.
Jim Hartnett is a former mayor of Redwood City, a
Sequoia High School graduate and a local attorney.
Let Me Counter That!
Leave police and firefighters on the streets
Redwood City firefighters have great respect for
former Mayor Jim Hartnett and have welcomed
his sage advice for many years. We do, however,
disagree with some of his assessments.
Hartnett writes the “Redwood City firefighters
are vigorously opposing necessary reform borne
from the fiscal crisis and perhaps would oppose
contracting with Woodside.” The only things
we are vigorously opposing are dangerous cuts
to the public’s safety. We embrace the idea of
consolidation. In April, firefighters from Redwood
City, Belmont, San Carlos and San Mateo met to
discuss consolidation of the three departments
and presented our ideas to our administration. We
have heard nothing back from the City Council
regarding this matter.
Historically speaking, Hartnett knows that
the Redwood City Fire Department has been
on the cutting edge of reform for more than
a decade, more than any other department in
Redwood City. We partnered with Hartnett and
the City Council to push an aggressive agenda
of consolidation when times were easier and the
concept of consolidation was foreign. Redwood
City firefighters were the first to lead the way.
We are confused and disappointed by Hartnett’s
assessment of our position because he has worked
with us implementing the very ideas he suggests.
Hartnett assisted Redwood City firefighters with
our progressive consolidation efforts, starting
with dispatch centers here in Redwood City
that have grown to the entire county. We have
already consolidated our emergency medical
services battalion, training division and now
our fire prevention bureau with other cities to
increase efficiencies and cost effectiveness. We
participated in, and wholeheartedly support,
these mergers when they make sense. Redwood
City firefighters supported the boundary drops
between city jurisdiction so all citizens in
Redwood City and surrounding communities
could get the best, cost-effective and, most
importantly, rapid fire and paramedic service.
Many of the current council members are now
encouraging other city departments to consolidate
and think outside the box. It makes sense to us.
What Redwood City firefighters are advocating
is smart government and smart cuts. Over the
years, fire department staffing has decreased by
11 percent while our call volume has increased
more than 150 percent. Conversely, other city
departments have seen staffing levels rise by
54 percent and up to 102 percent over the same
period of time. We have added paramedics to
all apparatus at a nominal cost, providing a
much higher level of service for citizens in need
of medical care. When compared to other fire
agencies, Redwood City firefighters have the
lowest cost per call in all of San Mateo County.
We have embraced the city’s needs by conserving
costs and running precariously lean budgets for
quite some time.
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As I Was Saying…(Continued from p6)
One thing I noticed during the budget hearing and decisions is how administrative
positions and salaries were barely touched. It is obvious to anyone who follows
city government that Redwood City is very administratively heavy, and even
those on the council can name positions that should be eliminated. But why
they are not is anyone’s guess.
If across-the-board budget cuts, which logistically do not work, is what the
council feels is a solution to the budgetary worries, then why isn’t everyone
sacrificing and taking cuts? Maybe across-the-board cuts for administrators’
salaries are needed at this time? City council members? Just asking.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted not to place a sales tax
measure on this November’s ballot. The proposed quarter-cent increase would
have generated $30 million annually for the county. The county is looking at
a budget deficit of more than $100 million for the next fiscal year.
Supervisors Mark Church, Carole Groom and Adrienne Tissier voted
against the plan, stating the county could make additional cuts before asking
for help from voters. Good for them! Looks like it’s time for County Manager
David S. Boesch Jr. to get to work and come up with some real cuts to balance
The two supervisors who voted for the plan to increase our taxes, Board
President Richard Gordon and Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, argued that
this is “precisely the time” to ask for a tax increase because those in need come to
the county for help, and the county needs to be able to provide that assistance.
So there are seniors who have to decide between buying medications or
food and they should be taxed more for needing it? Need I say more? BAD
idea. VERY bad!
As I have written before, the “Battle for the Bay” and the proposed
development of the Cargill property is going to get more intense as the
months go by. The latest is the decision by California’s Fair Political Practices
Commission (FPPC) that councilwoman Rosanne Foust will no longer be
able to vote on any issue in regard to the development.
Among other things, the FPPC regulates campaign financing and spending
and financial conflicts of interest. The commission also investigates alleged
violations of the Political Reform Act, imposes penalties when appropriate
and assists state and local agencies in the development and enforcement
of conflict-of-interest codes. Menlo Park councilman Andy Cohen asked
the FPPC to investigate Foust’s dual roles as chair of the San Mateo
County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) and as a sitting
councilwoman and found that she violated the Political Reform Act by voting
on the proposed development.
The FPPC held that Foust’s vote as a public official could affect her
private employer, SAMCEDA, noted she acted on the counsel of interim
City Attorney Roy Abrams and issued her a written warning that future
violations would carry up to $5,000 in fines.
As you will surmise by Foust’s response (in the letters section of
this month’s Spectrum), she has taken the high road by stating, “As an
elected official, I have sworn myself to uphold the law, so I will accept the
commission’s ruling. However, the FPPC’s letter contains factual errors
and the ruling itself contradicts well-documented opinions previously
issued by the FPPC in rulings similar to mine.” She is not fueling the fire
and will do what most should but don’t do: respect the process. The FPPC
held that Foust’s vote as a public official could affect her private employer,
SAMCEDA. In what factual way is not clearly explained.
They did, however, speculate that a business might join SAMCEDA in the
hopes of gaining favoritism with Foust. According to Abrams, the FPPC “is
inconsistent in its previous rulings and way too speculative in thinking that
other developers, buoyed by SAMCEDA’s favor of the Saltworks site, will
join the group as dues-paying members.”
The bottom line here is that Foust did nothing wrong. First, when she
was considering the job at SAMCEDA, she asked then City Attorney Stan
Yamamoto if she were to be offered the position, whether there would be
any conflict of interest. He ruled none. She again asked him right before
accepting the position and got the same response. Then she asked Abrams
and he also stated there was no conflict at all.
It must be noted that Foust is a paid employee of SAMCEDA and not on the
board of directors that decides its policies.
She took the advice of former and interim city attorneys and abided by
what they said. Had they advised her to not vote, I am sure she would have
accepted their decision and abstained from any voting. In reality, they
did not do their jobs correctly. This begs the question, who is hiring these
administrators? If they are not doing their jobs correctly, why are they still
around, costing taxpayers more money?
All this comes down to the future of the former Cargill site, a 1,436-acre
parcel that developer DMB wants to convert into open space, retail and up
to 12,000 homes. Although far from approved, the plan has incurred the ire
of environmental groups like Save The Bay and neighboring jurisdictions,
such as the Menlo Park City Council and Cohen. He is clearly opposed to the
project and has strong ties to the Save The Bay organization and its executive
director, David Lewis.
Just two days after the ruling against Foust was announced, several
members of our community received letters of solicitation for membership
in Save The Bay for a discounted price of “$15 or only $1.25 a month.” The
slick mailer signed by Lewis touted the “15 things Cargill doesn’t want you
to know about their plan” and gave the opportunity to send in petitions to the
City Council and Cargill.
Which begs the question, did Save The Bay know the decision was coming
from the FPPC before everyone else did? Did they know it was going to be
against Foust? If so, how? The timing of it is just too coincidental.
This type of political behavior and action gives politicians and the political
process a bad name. The win-at-all-cost mentality is so destructive. Why
can’t everyone just let the process take its course and then decide if the
proposal is something that will be feasible and desired in our community?
Oh, and the suggestion that Redwood City voters should be asked whether
there should be an increase in business taxes or the formation of a business
improvement district? VERY bad idea. VERY bad!
As I was saying…
Let Me Make a Point/Let Me Counter That
(Continued from previous page)
Shouldn’t responsible agencies such as the fire department who
consolidated early and made tough cuts long ago be supported instead of cut?
Both the Redwood City fire and police departments have the lowest ratios of
firefighters/police officers to citizens in all San Mateo County. Where do we
draw the line?
Hartnett quotes Fire Chief Jim Skinner’s statement that “there is a
Redwood City fire station and a Woodside Fire Protection District station one
mile apart from each other, which together average about two calls a day.”
This statement does not take into account that the area in question is full of
hilly, windy roads and narrow streets, making travel slow at best. Our city
fathers and fire chiefs took this into account when placing fire stations. The
information reported does not reflect calls these engine companies respond
to outside their respective districts because of the dynamic automatic-aid and
move-up agreements. Implementing Hartnett’s idea into the current response
plan means more than 1,000 times a year there would be no paramedic or
fire protection in all of Emerald Lakes. This would significantly increase
the time it takes for emergency crews from outside the area to reach an
emergency in Emerald Lakes. In addition, the Emerald Lakes area holds the
highest-rated urban wild-land fire danger in Redwood City. This fire danger,
coupled with narrow roads, should give pause to the idea of leaving Emerald
Lakes unprotected. While Hartnett suggests consolidating and closing fire
stations, may we suggest something else? Just like our response to teachers
being laid off while administrative staff goes untouched, let’s leave teachers
in the classroom, police and firefighters on the streets, and cut bloated
Redwood City Fire Capt. Wade Green is the vice president of the Redwood
City Firefighters Association.
Insurance Tips: Homeowners Insurance and Keeping Track of Your Goods
By Russ Castle, Special to The Spectrum
Homeowners insurance is an invaluable
investment for every homeowner. If your
house went up in flames and you lost
everything, would you be able to recall
everything you owned, including the
items’ values? If you came home from
work to find someone had burglarized
your home, would you be able to account
for everything that had been taken
or destroyed? While some items are
priceless or have sentimental value,
memories unfortunately are not sufficient
for filing a homeowners insurance claim
in the wake of a disaster.
In times of distress, you shouldn’t have to worry
about whether your possessions are covered or
not. If you purchase homeowners insurance, it is
important to know what your policy covers. Not
sure what’s in your homeowners policy? That
topic will be covered in a future article.
Your homeowners insurance, ideally, will replace
the cost of what you lose in a disaster. More
important, however, is the fact that you will be
compensated only for what you can account for.
In other words, fond memories are heartwarming,
but they will not reimburse your losses in a
“But how will I account for
everything I lose in such an event?”
Well, the most accurate way to keep track of your
items would be to take an inventory of everything
you own. While this is a process that could take
months to complete, it is your most worthwhile
strategy should you experience misfortune.
“What do I need to include in this
Put simply: everything. The more you can
account for in your homeowners insurance claim,
the more likely you will be reimbursed. The
list should be as detailed as possible and should
include appliances, carpets, jewelry, furniture,
linens, antiques, furniture and the list goes on. To
get your money’s worth, go from room to room
and be sure you are as descriptive and detailed as
A description of the item (including the
The manufacturer or brand
Any model or serial numbers
A description of where or how the item was
The date of purchase or age of the item
Receipt or other proof of purchase that
shows the cost
The current value
The replacement cost
Photocopies of appraisals
“I’ll never complete this process!”
Keep in mind that while this documentation
process may be time-consuming, it is certainly
easier than remembering everything you own.
Don’t let this task discourage you. Take photos.
Even better, make a night out of it. Grab your
video camera and go from room to room to create
a visual and verbal description of your items,
listing everything in the room (e.g., 42-inch Sony
flat-screen TV, model number 7893743798, serial
number yuy47878; 15 dress shirts; 9 polo shirts,
etc.). It might take you an hour to document your
entire house. Regardless of how you complete
your inventory, remember that your compensation
rests on the quality of your documentation.
“I’ve made the inventory; now what?”
It is likely you invested a good amount of time
to document your items. Whatever you do, keep
that homeowners insurance inventory safe! If an
unfortunate event comes your way, you certainly
do not want your hard work to go to waste. Store it in
a relative’s home, a lockbox, a safety deposit box
or keep it tucked away in your office desk. While
memories and keepsakes can rarely be replaced,
it’s comforting to know your homeowners
insurance will keep you financially secure should
you have properly documented your items.
Editor’s note: This article was written by Russ Castle
of Castle Insurance Agency, a licensed and experienced
insurance resource center fully prepared to help you navigate
the process of changing or gaining a policy. If you need
insurance help, call him at 650-364-3664.
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The Veterans Memorial Senior Center,
1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City,
is providing the following activities
that are open to the public during
the month of August.
Friday Movies for Everyone
Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)
Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center for a
free feature movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater!
Aug. 6: “Extraordinary Measures”
Aug. 13: “The Bounty Hunter”
Aug. 20: “Green Zone”
Aug. 27: “Brooklyn’s Finest”
Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
(RSVP) is a nationwide network of experienced
adults who contribute their time and talent
to important programs that strengthen their
communities. Come hear Deborah Owdem,
program director for RSVP of San Mateo &
Northern Santa Clara Counties, speak about
current opportunities, how they match volunteers
with organizations and the benefits awarded to
New and Improved Lunch Program
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12 p.m.
Starting in July, Carroll’s Meats of Brisbane
will be providing lunches Tuesdays through
Thursdays at the Veterans Memorial Senior
Center. The Carroll family came to San Francisco
in the early 1900s and helped found “Butcher
Town.” The Carroll family brings this history to
your table. Carroll’s products are created using
special marinades. From house-roasted main
courses to gourmet deli meats and side dishes,
Carroll’s has everything you could want or need.
The lunch price will remain the same at $5, but
the food will be cooked on-site. Our current cook,
Ruby, will still be making her famous soups and
desserts. Lunch at the VMSC includes housemade
soup, cooked-on-site hot entree and yummy
dessert, along with milk or coffee, all for just $5.
It’s the best deal in town!
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial
Senior Center, call 650-780-7270. Redwood City
Parks, Recreation and Community Services
Department provides recreational facilities and
activities for all ages and interests, and supplies
building and custodial services for city buildings.
Redwood City Parks also operates the Veterans
Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks
Community Center, providing social, educational
and cultural activities, as well as information,
referral and counseling services to persons living
in Redwood City and neighboring communities.
Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its
website is www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
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A Minute With: Wade Pellizzer
Wade Pellizzer was born in San Mateo and moved to Redwood City at the age of 4. He
graduated from San Carlos High School in 1963 and spent one year at the College of
San Mateo before becoming a sheet metal apprentice.
He is the owner of Virginia City Rail Corporation of Redwood City and has been in
business for 26 years. Virginia City Rail Corporation is a full-service, private rail charter
provider and corporate events production company. All of their services are centered
in and around a fleet of fully restored luxury, vintage railcars from the early 1900s. Visit
their website at vcrail.com.
Wade is a member of the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. He is
also involved with the Rotary Club, St. Anthony Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
His hobbies include model railroads, photography and camping.
High-speed rail — aye or nay?
Cargill development — yea or nay?
One word to describe owning a business in
Whom do you most admire?
President Barack Obama.
What talent would you most like to have?
Dancing without two left feet.
Something few know about you?
Used to go skinny-dipping at San Carlos High
What phrase do you most overuse?
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
What is your motto?
A bad day is when you don’t wake up. Anything
else is OK or better.
Anyone you got on your mind?
Not at the moment.
Black-tie event at Washington Union Station with
First word that comes to mind?
You still can’t believe?
We are in a recession.
You currently feel?
You are inspired by?
If you’re happy and you know it?
Never late for the Theatre
when you eat at Little India.
All You Can Eat Lunch
Mon - Fri 11am - 2pm
Regular $9.95 Vegetarian $7.95
All You Can Eat Dinner
Mon - Sat 5 - 9pm
Regular $12.95 Vegetarian $10.95
917 Main St., Redwood City
650-361-8737 • www.littleindiacuisine.com
10 % off
with your Parking
• In-House Parties
Friday & Saturday, August 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 7 pm
Sunday, August 22 & 29 at 3 pm
Carrington Hall, Sequoia HS, 1201 Brewster at El Camino Real, Redwood City
Info at (650) 369-1411 x 6601 • For tickets visit www.rwctheatre.org
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Crippen & Flynn City of Redwood City Sequoia Union HS District
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