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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

Trades Council.

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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The Spectrum.AUG.2010

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above

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.”

We encourage you to support our valuable Spectrum advertisers by using their services when

you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community with friends and family.

Including discounts on services, food or beverages, many of them have special offers for you

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We invite you to visit our website,, for up-to-the-day information

about our community. We thank you for making The Spectrum the most-read publication of

our community.


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 (

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 (

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. Or, consider a family outing to

the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose

( or the Exploratorium in

San Francisco (, which

both offer interactive exhibits designed to help

children learn to think and investigate, or the San

Francisco Zoo (

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

website (

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

another column.

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

training base.

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

we serve.”

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

Spectrum Magazine.

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’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

Awake album.

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

“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

breakfast shops.”

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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Cultural Events

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

Love Story.”

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

Cañada College

4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City

Sept. 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

$10 donation (proceeds benefit

Cañada College Fashion


Free parking

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

Redwood City

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

Dear Editor:

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

Dear Editor:

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

Dear Editor:

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

these interests.

For more information on the Sequoia Art Group

visit their website, If

you have any questions you can phone for info at


San Mateo County

History Museum

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

Historical Association.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Great Rotunda. The stained-glass dome

of the rotunda, thought to be the largest in a

Pacific Coast public building, is the architectural

highlight of the museum building.

Courtroom A. The oldest courtroom in San Mateo

County has been restored to its appearance in 1910.

Nature’s Bounty. This exhibit gallery explores

how the 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

horse-drawn vehicles.

Charles Parsons Gallery. An exhibit of the 23

historical model ships created by Charles Parsons

of San Carlos.

Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement. The Atkinson

Meeting Room includes the Walter Moore Law

Enforcement Collection of historic badges.

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

Mateo County.

Heather David

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

things better.”

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

every move.

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

all proud.”

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

order status.

“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

all proud.”

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Parties Around Town “An Evening Out” Friday, June 25

The Sequoia Hospital Foundation ( 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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The Spectrum 15

Wow! They Really Did This:

Community Theater Returns



By Nicole Minieri,

Contributing Writer

Big Way!

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,

Ted Fancher.

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

chance through

my children.”

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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.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Whether you are looking for a new

set of tires or need repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood City institution

has been providing quality vehicle services since 1957. 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.

Financial Institutions:

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.

Home Improvement:

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.

Legal Services:

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.

Personal Improvement:

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 or call 650-364-9194 to get started.

Specialty Businesses:

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

independent insurance agency representing a carefully selected group of

financially sound, reputable insurance companies. They provide a wide

range of policies, from renters insurance to auto and more. Visit www. or call 650-364-3664 for a free quote.

Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 151 Fifth Ave. – Hector has been

in the insurance business and with State Farm for 20 years. He specializes

in auto and business insurance. A local resident, he also provides servicio en

español! Visit his website at

Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – At Saf Keep, you and your belongings

are safe and secure. A friendly and reliable team is ready to assist you with a

variety of storage products and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit to see exactly what products and services are available.

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St., 650-599-9482 – The

clinical approach of this independent, community-based practice focuses

on thorough physical therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies and

patient education. Individualized treatment programs are designed to help

meet patient goals of restoring function, returning to sport or occupation and

maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – Listen to what customers are saying about

this fine downtown jewelry store: “This is a great jeweler! Phil, the owner,

is amazing. He crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an incredible

eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I would never go anywhere else.” Phil has

become an expert in repair service and welcomes your “fix-it” pieces.

Terry Finn and Madonna’s Bail Bonds – 234 Marshall St., Upstairs

#3, 650-366-9111 – Finn and Madonna’s provide bail bonds to any court

jurisdiction, jail or police agency in California and in many other states.

Interested parties representing incarcerated subjects are encouraged to

contact the licensed bail agent on duty at the above office for immediate bail

bond assistance.

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News Briefs

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.

Community Interest

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 For further information and a reservation

form, check the association’s website at

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. or by contacting Redwood City

firefighter/paramedic Michelle Noack at 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

proves difficult.

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

his budget.

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

administrative bureaucracy.

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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Senior Activities

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)

Free Lecture

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

RSVP volunteers.

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

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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

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

Redwood City?


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

School pool.

What phrase do you most overuse?

“Goodly amount.”

Favorite song?

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Favorite movie?

“Blazing Saddles.”

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.

Memorable moment?

Black-tie event at Washington Union Station with

200 others.

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?

Show 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

Little India


917 Main St., Redwood City

650-361-8737 •

10 % off

with your Parking


• Catering

• In-House Parties


• Takeout

Redwood City

Community Theatre




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


Crippen & Flynn City of Redwood City Sequoia Union HS District

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