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For Our Entire Community!

Also in this issue:

The program that has

Mayor Foust exclaiming,

“Wonderful. Positive. It

works!” Cadets!

Telephone calls, who was

there & more in “As I Was


A downtown business

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For nearly two years, the DMB Redwood City Saltworks team has asked for community

suggestions to help guide future plans for the 1,433 acre (2.2 square mile) Saltworks site.

More than 5,000 residents have contacted us.

You told us you’d like new parks and open space. You said you’d like new housing

for working families and fixed income seniors. You asked for new transit opportunities

with a link to downtown Redwood City, new access to the Bay and habitat creation,

all at NO COST to taxpayers.

In response to your ideas and suggestions,

we have committed to a 50/50 Balanced Approach

for the Saltworks site

The 2.2 square mile Saltworks site covers 1,433 acres.

It is surrounded on three sides by urban development.

This 50/50 Balanced Approach sets aside 50 percent of the site for habitat, active

recreation and open space uses, and 50 percent for a mixture of development uses.

Is a Balanced Approach the right plan

for the Redwood City Saltworks site?

We would like to hear your opinion.

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The Spectrum.APRIL.08

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Michael Erler

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above

The weather has been beautiful, petition supporters are walking our streets gathering signatures,

the Saturday Farmers Market is in full swing and we are bringing our readers another edition of The

Spectrum Magazine. Can life get any better?

Our cover story this month is on someone who is very well known in our community. Fernando Vega

has been working and volunteering in our city even since before our publisher, Steve Penna, was born.

Although you may think you know many things about this man’s life journey, we will expose some new

facts that will make you respect him even more.

The Redwood City Police Department Cadet Program has been growing year after year, but how is the

organization run and what benefits do the cadets get by going through the program? The story written by

contributing writer Judy Buchan will inform you of this program and how vital it is for our community.

A council meeting on the proposed charter changes, phone calls and the Progress Seminar are just a few

of the topics in Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying….” What are you talking about this month?

We also bring you our regular features on community interests, senior activities, financial advice by

David Amann, “My Favorite Public Servant,” “Redwood City Through the Years,” information from the

Redwood City School District, the popular feature “A Minute With” and a business profile on St. Regal


Last month, we published a few letters to the editor. We got several comments from readers hoping this

would become a regular feature, and we hope so. If you want to comment on anything in our community,

send your correspondence to The Spectrum Magazine, Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 862, Redwood

City, CA 94064, or

We hope you are taking time to enjoy our community this month. We encourage you to support our

advertisers by using their services when you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself with friends

and family. Many of them have special offers for you, so please look over their ads this month and use

their coupons and discounts.

Keep reading and enjoy our community!

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

My Favorite Public Servant – 5

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Shop Redwood City – 8

“It Works!” Police Cadets Serve Our City – 10

News Briefs – 13

Redwood City Through the Years – 16

Fernando Vega, Community Advocate – 18

Nonprofits in Action – 21

Nonprofits in the News – 23

Learning to Read Together – 23

St. Regal Jewelers Coming Full Circle – 26

Cultural Events – 30

Finance: Mother’s Day Gifts – 32

Senior Activities – 32

Community Interest – 33

A Minute With Rob Suelflohn – 38

The Spectrum

Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

When we arrange a photo shoot for our cover, much thought goes into how we should present the person

profiled. This month, we had a difficult time. Our subject, Fernando Vega, is an important asset to us in

so many ways. He has been a business owner, councilman, activist and, of course, a husband and father.

This month’s photo shoot was arranged by cover story photographer James Kaspar for Saturday, April 5,

at 7 a.m. at the Farmers Market in downtown Redwood City.

Vega and his fellow Kiwanis Club members have been so diligent in continuing this fantastic weekly

community event, and he is so dedicated to the club and the market, that we thought we would capture

him in that atmosphere.

When Kaspar arrived around 7:30, Vega was already in full swing setting things up, directing vendors to

their spaces and spreading his expertise to all who listened.

We shot him in different areas of the market and with some of his fellow club members. The cover shot

was taken at the end of the shoot and was not our first choice. In fact, originally it was not even under

consideration. But after we all discussed the photos, everyone kept coming back to that one. Sometimes

we cannot explain why a certain photo is chosen; it just works.

As stated above, Vega has been so many different things to our community. But we feel the most

important is the inspiration he gives us all. Those who overcome obstacles in a healthy and productive

manner are those we can really respect. He is just that.

Another photo from James Kaspar.

We are inspired by Vega and impressed by a man who has accomplished so much not only for himself

but unselfishly for our community. When you see him around town or at the Farmers Market, make sure

you let him know how much you appreciate his commitment and dedication to all of us. Viva Vega!

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My Favorite Public Servant: Corinne Centeno — Director of the Redwood City Department

of Parks, Recreation and Community Services

By Raegene Castle, Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula

I’ve known of Corinne Centeno for a long time and have worked with

her for the past eight years with the Hearing Loss Association. She is one of

those rare individuals who are always a pleasure to work with, whether it is

professional or personal.

On several occasions, she has been able to quickly solve problems, seek

solutions and meet the needs of the various groups I am associated with.

On one occasion, a special meeting with a large attendance, the equipment

we needed to conduct the meeting had not arrived. Corinne, with her

resourcefulness, quickly located substitute equipment, and our meeting

proceeded successfully and we were able to do our community work.

When the Veterans Memorial Senior Center was suddenly closed down due

to an accidental plumbing problem, our Hearing Loss Association meeting

was quickly moved to another facility. Thanks to Corinne’s quick response

and leadership, the change was smooth and we did not lose any members or

guests due to miscommunication. This allowed our 60-member meeting to

proceed without losing a beat.

These are but two of the many examples typical of Corinne’s style

and ability. I am sure that she has done several kind acts to others in our

community and I am glad The Spectrum is giving us the opportunity to

recognize those.

I am sure that she could just call one of her staff members to solve

our problems, but she chooses to make the extra effort for those in our

community. She really is an asset to the city of Redwood City and I look

forward to working with her for years to come.

Editor’s note: We ask our readers to submit their stories about a favorite

Redwood City public servant in 500 words or less. Do you want to recognize

a police officer, firefighter or any city/county employee who has gone far

and beyond their job responsibilities to assist you or who is making a

difference in our community? Let us know by sending your story to The

Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064, or writers@

Dr. Corinne showing her humorous side during a Halloween party.

RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

250 Bilingual and Multilingual Students Honored at Ceremony

Jazmin Canul, fourth-grade student from Hawes School, celebrates with board

members Alisa MacAvoy, Shelly Masur and Maria Diaz-Slocum (left to right) at a

ceremony honoring her new ability to communicate in two languages.

A standing-room-only crowd of parents, teachers and principals

cheered and applauded as 250 students crossed the large stage at Cañada

College on March 10 to receive a certificate from Redwood City School

District Superintendent Jan Christensen and a handshake from each of

the five school board trustees in honor of the student’s new ability to

communicate in two or more languages.

The students, second- through eighth-graders from each of the 16 schools

in the Redwood City School District, represented 12 languages and 20

different countries of origin, according to the district’s director of English

language learner services, Yvette Irving. Each year the district honors

students who achieve bilingual or multilingual status. In the past five years,

about 1,600 students have received this honor.

“Nearly half of the students in the Redwood City School District are nonnative

English speakers, and every classroom in our district represents the

linguistic and cultural diversity of our community,” said Irving. “We are

very proud of the accomplishments of these students who are now very well

positioned to achieve success in a society that is becoming increasingly global.”

The Redwood City School District has placed a strong emphasis on helping

students attain literacy in more than one language. In addition to helping

non-native English speakers learn English, the district offers the opportunity

for English-speaking students to become fluent in Spanish through a Spanishlanguage

immersion program at Adelante School. Last year, Adelante School

was awarded a Title I Academic Achievement Award by the California

Department of Education.

“Our mission is to educate every child for success,” said Christensen. “As

our society and economy becomes increasingly global, students who master

more than one language will have opportunities to succeed in a wide variety

of careers.”

Orion Principal Cathy Okubo, who watched two of her students receive

certificates at the ceremony, recalled her own frustrations while learning to

speak Spanish fluently while serving in the Peace Corps in Colombia.

“For the first few months I found it difficult to be surrounded by Spanish

all of the time,” said Okubo. “My mind hurt and I wanted to shut down by

the end of the day. Then I went through a period of time when I couldn’t

always retrieve the English word I wanted; my Spanish was interfering with

my English. As time went on I cherished the fact that I was able to speak two

languages, but I didn’t always feel that way.”

Today Okubo is an enthusiastic believer in the benefits of speaking two

languages. “Research has shown that bilingual brains work differently that

monolingual ones. Bilingual students tend to outperform monolingual students

on standardized testing,” she explained. “It helps expand the mind and gives

the person the ability to look at issues in different ways. Being bilingual

allows one to communicate with more people and understand more than one

culture. In this day and age, being bilingual can help one in the work force,

ordering a meal at a restaurant, or even asking for directions on the street.”

The Spectrum

As I Was Saying…

Publisher | Steve Penna

There has been so much activity, so much action

in regard to the petition to change the city charter,

I do not know where to start. So let’s start with the

petition itself. Currently there are dozens of people

out collecting the 5,250 signatures needed to place

the initiative on the November 2008 ballot. The

Open Space Vote Coalition (OSVC) is facing

no real opposition and will be able to collect the

needed signatures, so it will undoubtedly qualify

once the signatures of registered voters are verified

by the county. Thus the battle begins.

A new grassroots group has been formed in our

community called Sustainable Redwood City. It

is led by two community members, Lou Covey

and Richard Panelli. Many see them as the

opposition to the OSVC group, but if you look up

their Web site (, you will

find that the group is for smart housing and open

space and is backed by several groups, including

the Peninsula Coalition. They list the proposed

development on the Cargill site as follows:

“Sustainable Redwood City supports this potential

project. We believe this 50/50 approach is the

best answer to what all Redwood City residents

want to see for the future of this site.” They also

list support for the teacher housing project near

Cañada College and the housing project at 885

Woodside Road, and they state that the Redwood

City general plan is “consistent with our goals.”

They do oppose the Laurel Way Subdivision

project because of its location.

Whether they will become a major player in

the campaign against the initiative is yet to be

seen. They want to remain a group that focuses

on improving housing, economy and open space,

focusing not just on the Cargill land site but on the

entire city. The co-founders are currently meeting

with “influential” community members, seeing

where their support will come from and how they

will move forward.

Let’s move on to the council meeting that

everyone is talking about. At the meeting on

Monday, April 14, Mayor Rosanne Foust came

out publicly and strongly against the process that

David Lewis (Save The Bay) and others have

used in starting the petition process. She stated

that she felt blindsided by the petition efforts and

that after many talks with them, she felt she had

started a dialog with them and did not expect to

be treated so disrespectfully and not be informed

of their efforts. The meeting had its usual “for”

and “against” initiative speakers, with all stating

their cases. The meeting is usually televised,

but this one was not, due to it being held in the

County Chambers instead of our own City Hall.

Foust gave the petition-seeking groups a tonguelashing

and even scolded them on their lack of

— in her opinion — respect for elected officials

in the way they address the council. She even

went as far as suggesting to the groups that they

“tell the truth” to our community and not send

out misinformation, which many say was done

during the Measure M campaign. To say she was

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Shop Redwood City: And Keep Our Sales Tax Dollars Local!

With spring here and summer just around the corner, shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping

locally? Check out our Best of the Best selections — businesses that not only provide excellent service

but also contribute to our community. When you are shopping, we urge you to shop local and shop often!

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – “Been using these guys and gals

for a couple of years now; they are a winner to me. Their personal service is

a rare find. When I had to fully re-tire two cars, they were very helpful and

not condescending in reviewing my preliminary choices. In one case, they

recommended a different tire, which I went with, and in the other case they

special-ordered the tires I wanted. I’ve been very happy with both sets of

tires. I’ve since been back for tire repairs. They will be my first and only stop

when I need to re-tire again!”

Financial Institutions:

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

in building relationships through face-to-face interaction and adherence to a

strategy of recommending quality investments that have proven themselves

over time. So does investment representative David Amann, who manages

their Redwood City office and will help you reach your financial goals.

Personal Improvement:

Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road

– You will find everything at this

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the quiet neighborhood of Emerald

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for bicycle touring clubs and local

sports celebrities. The restaurant is

especially noted for its burgers and

beers, but it also offers hot and cold

sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips,

spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, tacos and


Diving Pelican Cafe – 650 Bair

Island Road, Suite 102 – “Sit on the

patio overlooking the water to see all

sorts of waterfowl. My favorite item

is the Mediterranean salad. A great

breakfast is the Eggs Bennett: freshly

made Hollandaise sauce over two

poached eggs with smoked ham on

whole-wheat English muffins. This is

truly a very comfortable, laid-back,

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

menu goes on for eight pages of mouthwatering suggestions for everything

from continental breakfasts to appetizers and formal dinners, and he is quick

to offer additional possibilities to fit any occasion. Having a strong sense of

community, he participates in many local events and contributes leftovers

to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room. Hyman is also proud of the fact that

his business products are nearly 100 percent recyclable. Need a caterer? Call

Dave at 650-365-3731.

Little India – 917 Main St. – This stylish Indian restaurant features a

reasonably priced all-you-can-eat buffet for both lunch and dinner, to dine

in or take out. The home-style food is mainly from the northwest region

of India, though items from other regions of India are also featured. Senior

citizens receive $1 off and children under 12 dine at half price. Bring your

appetite, because you will want to try everything!

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway – “Their chips and

salsa are great, and their agua fresca selections are usually really good. Their

taco salads are so ginormous and tasty. But the true standout is the huevos

rancheros. Words can’t do it justice. Huevos en fuego. It’s phenomenal!”

Business Profile of the Month

Arthur Murray Dance Studio – 2065 Broadway – Whatever

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It Works! RC Police

Cadets Serve Our City

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

Detective Rick Meure with two graduating Redwood City cadets.

“It works!” exclaimed Mayor Rosanne Foust as she talked

about the Redwood City Police Department’s Cadet Program.

“This speaks to what I’ve been talking about — Redwood City pride. Every

day I find something to be proud of in Redwood City,” she added. “I have

personally had positive experiences with the cadets as they assisted with

community events in the Shores. They did everything, including helping with traffic

control. It’s wonderful that we have this program.”

Co-sponsored by the Police Department

and the Learning for Life Division of the Boy

Scouts of America, Redwood City’s cadet

program gives young adults between the

ages of 14 and 19 an opportunity to gain

firsthand experience in a law enforcement

career. Cadets commit to volunteering a

minimum of 10 hours a month in different

parts of the Police Department. For example,

two hours are given to community service,

such as assistance downtown during the

July Fourth celebration, Hometown Holidays

and other community events. In addition,

cadets volunteer in the Police Department’s

Records and Investigation divisions. They

may also participate in a ride-along with a

police officer.

Participants must be enrolled in high

school while maintaining a 2.0 GPA or have

completed high school. Cadets may also stay

in the program until the end of their 21st year.

There are currently 14 cadets in the

program, with room for a maximum of 26.

Space available doesn’t mean automatic

acceptance. A completed application form

must be submitted for review. Once basic

requirements have been met, the candidate

is invited to an oral interview. If the oral

interview is successfully completed, a

background investigation will be conducted.

The last step will be a meeting with the Chief

of Police and, if all goes well, an invitation to

join the cadets.

New recruit cadets must attend

and graduate from the Peninsula Law

Enforcement Explorer Academy within

their first year in the program. Here the

RCPD recruit cadets join recruits from

other Peninsula agencies as they prepare

for service. Some 100 hours of coursework

gives the students a thorough exposure to all

facets of law enforcement.

Located at the Police Academy at the

College of San Mateo, Explorer Academy

sessions run for nine weeks. Classes are

held on Sundays, last all day and comprise

physical training and instruction by police

officers or experts in particular fields.

Graduation from the academy qualifies

cadets for the National Law Enforcement

Explorer Proficiency Award.

Eight Redwood City cadets graduated

from the Academy on April 10. And Redwood

City Police Detective Rick Meure, RCPD’s point

guard for the department’s cadet program,

takes great satisfaction in their success.

Meure completed the Explorer program

with the Sheriff’s Office during his teen years

in Foster City. “I really liked the Explorers,”

he recalled.

Exploring is part of Learning for Life’s

career education program for young men

and women who are 14 (and have completed

“It provides experiences that help young people grow and helps them to

become responsible and caring adults.”

the eighth grade) through 20 years old. It

provides experiences that help young people

grow and helps them to become responsible

and caring adults.

Local community organizations may

initiate a specific Explorer post by matching

their people and program resources to the

interests of young people in the community.

The result is a program of activities that

helps youth pursue their special interests,

grow and develop.

Many Peninsula agencies have Explorer

posts, Meure said. The San Mateo County

Sheriff’s Office has a search and rescue

Explorer team as well as a law enforcement


“When I came to Redwood City from

Foster City, I really wanted to start a similar

program here,” Meure added.

The department did have a cadet

program in the 1970s and 1980s,” he

explained. Due to internal issues, the

program was eventually stopped. He took on

the task of resurrecting the cadet program,

working with the administration to ensure the

program’s rollout in 1992.

The numbers in the Redwood City

program include two current Peninsula

police officers, a young man in a group

home and a single teenage mother.

Has Meure seen cadets’ lives changed

through the program? “Absolutely!” he said.

“Many go on to law enforcement careers or

to the military. One went to Annapolis,” he

added. Many of the young folks come from

disadvantaged family situations, so they

receive an extra benefit of much needed

mentoring from Meure and other officers.

“This is a good way for the kids to get

leadership skills, structure, and learn about

law enforcement as a career,” said RCPD

Captain Ed Hernandez. “The program

provides real-life experience the kids

wouldn’t get any other way. Many come from

unstable homes.”

Prospective cadets must pay a

nonrefundable $60 program registration fee

and also must obtain their own uniforms.

Financial assistance is available for those

who qualify.

Cadets will also do their own fundraising

during the year to help cover costs for tours

as well as statewide and national Exploring


The group meets on the second and fourth

Thursdays of each month, from 7 to 9 p.m.

at the Police Department. Training offered

at these meetings can include penal and

vehicle code review, officer safety, firearms

safety, police communications, criminal

investigations, forensics and crime scene

investigations. Meetings are mandatory

unless permission to miss a meeting is granted.

If there’s any downside to all this, it’s the

need faced by many community programs

— funding. At present, the Redwood City

Police Officers Association provides financial

support of $500 a year. Meure supplements

that with available overtime, and he’s also gone

to the community for financial assistance.

“We should nurture a program like this,

particularly for kids coming from difficult

home situations who want to make positive

change in their lives,” said Mayor Foust.

Indeed, we should. I’ll be funding the

registration fee for the next applicant

accepted into the program. You can do the

same. Send your check with “cadets” on

the memo line and made out to the City of

Redwood City, in care of DARE, to City of

Redwood City, P.O. Box 391, Redwood City,

CA 94064. Captain Hernandez assures me

your donation will get to the cadet program.

It takes only a moment to write a check

or make a phone call. Do it now and make

a difference in our community. For more

information on the cadets, call Detective

Rick Meure at 650-780-7138.

“This is a good way for the kids to get

leadership skills, structure, and learn

about law enforcement as a career.”

Above: Detective Meure. Below: New cadets show off their arm badges.

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Redwood City Police Activities League

4th Annual Motorcycle

Poker Run

News Briefs

Man Charged With Helping

Inmate Escape Pleads No


A man charged with helping a

suspected murderer escape from

the San Mateo County Youth

Services Center will be sentenced

for up to two years in prison May 7.

Vanher Cho, 18, pleaded no contest to charges

of aiding in the escape of Josue Raul Orozco,

17, on Feb. 14, San Mateo County Chief Deputy

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Cho and

Martin Villa Patino, 18, were charged with aiding

Orozco’s escape from a recreation yard where the

three were playing basketball around 7:15 p.m.

Gang allegations that were originally leveled

against Cho were dismissed, Wagstaffe said.

The District Attorney’s Office thinks that this is

a “fair and reasonable” sentence, Wagstaffe said.

“He helped a suspected murderer get away, so he

is looking at a prison sentence.”

Once Orozco cleared the wall, he escaped

through a hole that was cut in the chain-link fence

surrounding the facility at 222 Paul Scannell

Drive, Chief Probation Officer Loren Buddress said.

Orozco, a member of the Sureño gang, is the

youngest person to be charged as an adult for

murder in San Mateo County.

Orozco and co-defendant Faustino Ayala, 23,

are charged with murder and participating in a

criminal street gang in connection with the death

of 21-year-old Francisco Rodriguez in Redwood

City on July 12, 2005.

At the defendants’ 2006 preliminary hearing, a

witness testified he saw a man, who prosecutors

believe was Orozco, get out of a vehicle the

afternoon of the shooting and reach for something

in his waistband. Prosecutors allege that Orozco

shot Rodriguez and that Ayala was driving the

car. Orozco was 14 at the time of the shooting.

Orozco was in custody on no-bail status and

if convicted was looking at up to life in prison,

Wagstaffe said.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Patino

on April 16, Wagstaffe said. He is facing gang

allegations as well as aiding the Orozco escape,

because he also is a known member of the Sureño gang.

Cho will be sentenced by Judge Clifford Cretan.

Landlord Sentenced to Jail,


The Redwood City man who

brandished a knife and threatened

to put a former tenant’s social

worker “in a box” for trying to

collect the woman’s belongings

was sentenced to a year in

jail followed by three years of

supervised probation.

John Linehan Arbogast, 36, pleaded no contest

to one count of felony criminal threats in return

for a promise of no state prison and prosecutors

dropping a misdemeanor count of brandishing a

deadly weapon.

According to the prosecution, Arbogast rented a

room in his home to a woman, but she was forced

to move due to illness and an inability to pay rent.

Her social worker reportedly went to the home

Jan. 8 to pick up her belongings and spoke with

Arbogast’s wife.

The victim told police Arbogast suddenly

approached, ranting angrily about his former

tenant before raising a knife above his head and

yelling, “Mother f---er, I’ll kill you and put you

in a box.” Arbogast’s wife reportedly stepped

between the two, allowing the victim to flee, and

later corroborated details of what happened.

On Friday, Judge Cliff Cretan gave Arbogast

the maximum allowed under the terms of the deal

with credit for 141 days earned while in custody

in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Arbogast’s conviction also counts as a strike on

his criminal record.

Neighbor Accused of

Attacking Neighbors

An intoxicated Redwood City man

physically attacked a neighboring

couple, calling them offensive

names and swinging an iron table

at them before resisting arrest,

according to prosecutors who

charged him with multiple felonies,

including committing a hate crime.

Herbert Perez Santos-Coy, 30, is also charged

with assault with a deadly weapon, threatening a

peace officer and resisting arrest.

On March 30, Santos-Coy allegedly approached

his Buckeye Street neighbors, who are a couple,

while they worked on a car in their apartment

carport. Santos-Coy, according to the District

Attorney’s Office, started yelling offensive slurs

such as “f---ing gays, dirty nasty people, bitches.”

Santos-Coy reportedly hit one man in the face and

swung a wrought-iron table at both but missed.

When Redwood City police arrived on scene,

Santos-Coy resisted arrested. Authorities reported

no apparent explanation for his attack on the


At his initial arraignment, Santos-Coy pleaded

not guilty to all charges. Commissioner Kathleen

McKenna set bail at $25,000 and ordered Santos-

Coy back to court April 9 for a Superior Court

review conference and April 11 for preliminary


Santos-Coy has no previous criminal history in

San Mateo County, according to court records.

Accused Bank Robbery

Regains Competency

A 23-year-old parolee hospitalized

as incompetent before he could

be tried for bank robbery has been

found capable to aid in his own

defense by doctors at Atascadero

State Hospital.

Joshua Michael Godfrey twice had his

competency questioned before court-appointed

doctors decided he should be treated rather than

incarcerated last August.

Godfrey is charged with two counts of robbery

and six counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

According to prosecutors, on July 26,

Godfrey robbed two bank tellers at gunpoint

and threatened seven other Bank of America

employees before escaping with bait money from

the Woodside Road branch. Godfrey was arrested

by Redwood City police near his San Mateo home

later the same morning after police were able to

trace an electronic tracking device hidden in the

bait money.



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The Alhambra Theatre (Opera House)

By the Redwood City Public Library Archives Board and John Edmonds

The Alhambra, c1890 (SMCHA) Grand Opening poster (SMCHA) 1906 earthquake damage Gevert and William Plump, c1870 Wyatt Earp at the Alhambra Saloon, c1910

The theater is on Main Street,

60 yards west of Broadway, and has

recently been beautifully restored

by John Anagnostou as an office

building. It has an all-mahogany

front and all the appearances of a

place where Wyatt Earp would have

spent his hard-earned money. The

restoration process is continuing.

The Redwood City Democrat,

Aug. 20, 1895: “The Alhambra of

Redwood City may never rival in

grandeur and historic association

the famous place of Granada, but it

will give to the progressive dwellers

in the capital of San Mateo county

all the comforts of a modern opera

house. It is wholly in harmony with

the spirit of esthetic progress on

the peninsula that A. Page Brown

should plan and Charles Josselyn

build an opera house worthy of the

City. The house is of the mission

type of architecture with the

blending of the Moorish. There is

a series of ornamental windows

across the front, heavy cornices

project, and the tiled roof lends

poetry to the structure. The building

is to be of brick, sand finished.

Seating capacity for 800 people will

be provided. A spacious stage and

fine dressing rooms will delight

the actors and singers. Then the

auditorium is so picturesque with its

quaint timbers overhead instead of

the finished ceiling.

The desires of the young people

of Redwood City have not lacked

consideration; dancing in the

Alhambra is sure to be a delight,

for the floor is laid on lines to

make dancing agreeable. Below

will be stores and a café. Electric

lights, gas jets and fire escapes are

to be provided for the building.

Contractor Robert Brown, who built

the Burlingame Country Club, will

construct the new opera house.”

Charles Josselyn did not hold back

on his investing when building the

Alhambra Theatre. He wanted it to

be the most glamorous and dramatic

building on the San Francisco

Peninsula. He also wanted it to be a

proud partner to the courthouse just

several blocks west. Employing A.

Page Brown, one of the most famous

and well-respected architects in

California and throughout the

country, is evidence of Josselyn’s

intent to make this structure equal

to the architect’s and the owner’s

characters for grandness and beauty.

The grand opening was on the

evening of Jan. 20, 1895. The play

“Men and Women” was performed

by the troupe of T. Daniel Frawley

Company. The company had

appeared at the Columbia Theater,

in San Francisco, the Saturday night

preceding and received excellent

reviews. Redwood City turned

out in droves, purchasing all 800

available tickets. Grand scenery

and elegant costumes were the

order of the day for this magnificent

production. A nine-piece orchestra

supplied the music introducing the

play and at intermission. Also, they

were the orchestra for the dance

that followed the play, making

the evening a very special social

occasion. Twenty-five percent of

the gross receipts were donated to

Redwood City so the town could

purchase a grand clock, which was

placed in the new school building

across from the courthouse.

The San Francisco Chronicle

ran a long story about the grand

opening. The reporter was obviously

impressed with the theater and the

troupe, as his review was again

excellent. His prediction for the

theater was that it would be part of

a circuit of the best in the country.

He commented especially on the

curtain drop and the painted scenery

of a Venetian scene.

The theater was more than just a

playhouse; it was a place of social

significance as well. It served as

a community gathering spot even

when no performance was planned.

The great earthquake in April

1906 did substantial but not fatal

damage to the Alhambra. The

inside was damaged as well as the

external walls. The San Francisco

Call commented on June 10, 1906,

“It has been given out that Charles

Josselyn, after several careful

inspections, has decided to have

the Alhambra Theater restored

and the interior of the playhouse

reconstructed along new lines. It is

designed to have the stage removed

to the rear portion of the building

and to extend the building in that

direction. The auditorium will thus

be enlarged, the long entrance hallway

dispensed with, and better and safer

entrances and exits provided.”

The theater gradually was used

less and less, and by World War

I the only activity was a dance

company academy used primarily

to entertain the soldiers training

at Camp Fremont in Menlo Park.

William Plump, son of the wellknown

early pioneer Gevert Plump,

purchased the building in the midteens

and opened a saloon on the

ground floor that was very popular

for quite a period of time.

The Redwood City Lodge No.

168, Free & Accepted Masons,

bought the property in 1921. They

did a great deal of renovation

and held a dedication of their

new meeting place on Aug. 23,

1923. This is the oldest Masonic

Order on the Peninsula. The

adjoining structure, owned by the

International Order of Odd Fellows,

was given a common facade.

The internal wall structures were

changed during this period as well.

Later, a kitchen was added to the

back of the building. Many of the

old-timers will remember those

steep steps both in the front and the

back of the building.

Following the fire several years

ago, Anagnostou decided to restore

the building as closely as possible

to its original appearance. He is

still looking at what would be the

best way to use the ground floor

that was the saloon. The upper

floor, however, will be again part

of the entertainment industry. We

all hope it will return to one of the

community’s favorite places to rub

shoulders and meet friends.

Parties Around Town

Ove r 170 people turned out for Advocates for Children’s (AFC) S econd Benefit

Concer t and Auction held annually in suppor t of San Mateo Count y ’s foster

c h i l d r e n and youth. This year’s festivities, held at t h e Lit t l e Fox Theat r e in

Redwood Cit y, featured an energet ic and passionate R & B per formance by

s i nger Earl Thomas and his band. Earl’s dow n - home, ear t hy st y l e resonated

wit h t h e crowd who danced and cheered t h r oughout his hour- long set . “ We we r e

ex t r e m e l y pleased wit h t h e outpouring of suppor t t h i s year,” stated Yvo n n e Ke r no

A FC’s director of deve lopment and market i ng. “Our communit y got behind us in

t h e form of corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations of auction items and food,

a s we l l as adve r t i s i ng materials and eve n eve nt T-shir t s . The combined donations

h e l p e d us raise ove r $ 2 0,0 0 0 of critical funds and enabled AFC to put on a fun

eve nt for friends and suppor ters.”

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Family and Faith

By Michael Erler

Keep Community Advocate




Fernando Vega deserves a

breather. He needs to take

a vacation to some tropical

locale. A prolonged siesta

after a raucous fiesta in his

honor would be perfect. He

needs to rest the way Santa

Claus does on Dec. 26.

The guy’s done enough.

He’s earned enough to satisfy his family, he’s

labored enough to soothe his conscience, and

lord knows he’s put in the time to improve his

community. At 83 years of age, it’s time to bring

out the recliner, hand him the remote control and

let the man have some well-deserved peace and

quiet after a lifetime spent without the luxury of

either. Vega is one of the precious few among us

who can look back on three generations’ worth of

his efforts and achievements and keep his head up

for all of it. He has nothing to regret and doesn’t

need to feel the least bit guilty that his family is

assisting him these days, doting on him, keeping

his spirits up and his dignity intact.Unfortunately,

as is often the case for people like Vega, it took

a stroke to slow him down. “I really don’t have

much recall of the actual stroke incident in early

October of 2007. My daughter-in-law, Nada,

found me in our patio, where I apparently had

been setting up a ladder. I was disoriented,

holding on to the edge of a table. I couldn’t speak

and my face was distorted. Recognizing my

symptoms, she immediately called 911, which

ensured my recovery.”

A stroke can be as terrifying as it is

debilitating, but because Nada discovered him

so soon, ultimate tragedy was averted and Vega

soon after was able to function fairly similarly

to before. “Today, I have some speech issues,

such as the frustration of knowing what I want

to say but not able to ‘speak’ the correct words.

Also, not being able to drive has affected my

independence,” he lamented, before quickly

accentuating the positive. “We must continue on

as long as we can with daily life, always have a

positive attitude and continue our faith.”

Faith has always been a big part of Vega’s life

ever since his religious upbringing in rural Texas

in the ’20s and ’30s. From a young age, he had

the insight and wisdom to take only the positive

lessons from the Bible and not fret so much about

those certain passages sprinkled here and there

in the Good Book that political parties spin to

separate people, create friction and animosity

with their fellow man and use to advance their

own selfish agendas.

“My mother and father were from Mexico and

I was born in Houston, Texas, in 1924. I was

raised in Brownsville, Texas, a small border town

near South Padre Island. My parents were very

religious and instilled in me the desire to be of

service to others, to treat others as I wanted to be

treated and to understand that it is in giving that

we receive,” Vega said proudly.

His first opportunity to serve others came in

the military, where he was in the U.S. Army Air

Corps. While on duty, he met his wife, Tina. He

married her in 1948 and is with her to this day.

The Air Corps also led him to a job with Pan

American Airways, where he worked as an airline

mechanic until 1984. It was in 1960, though,

that Vega’s life took a fortunate turn and Texas’

loss became our community’s gain. He was

transferred to San Francisco to work at SFO, and

he found a home for his ever-growing family (they

had six kids by then) near downtown Redwood City.

“Redwood City was not as populated as it

is today or so expensive to live in. A welcome

wagon welcomed us to the neighborhood.

Downtown was more of a commerce center

with major department stores where all the local

families did their daily shopping. Life at first

focused on providing our family with a home

and ensuring that my children obtained a good

education. In 1964 we purchased the home we

are still living in just a few short blocks from

downtown Redwood City.

Along the way, to supplement the family

income, Fernando and Tina opened a small deli

and grocery store, Vega’s Market and Grill on

Middlefield Road. They ran that business until

1984 and had a modicum of success with it, but

more importantly it brought about Vega’s earliest

interactions with the community around him.

It opened his eyes to what the people — his

people — were wanting, lacking and needing.

It offered him another chance to give. A chance

meeting at a charity event brought him into Norm

Shapiro’s circle, and since Shapiro would soon

be running the Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers

Market, it gave Vega another inlet to assisting his


“Norm Shapiro, who was the director of the

Adult School, was on the Kiwanis [Board], and

in the late ’80s when the Kiwanis took over the

Farmers Market, he managed it for them. I did

some community work with Norm through the

Adult School and then became involved in the

Farmers Market at his request. My involvement

with the Farmers Market was to assist the

Kiwanis in providing the community with the

availability of fresh, local produce and locally

made goods and by providing a weekend event

that enhances the downtown Saturday morning

environment. Through the Farmers Market, we

provide a mechanism for the vendors to donate

fresh produce to the St. Anthony’s Padua Dining

Room. The market space rental fees are also used

to provide clothing to needy children. Another

positive is that it brings together friends from the

Kiwanis on a weekly basis.”

Vega feels so strongly about the Farmers

Market and the benefits it provides to the

community that he still volunteers there every

Saturday, despite his physical limitations.

Of course, Vega had been civically involved

long before the me-me-me ’80s. Not content to

merely help his children study for the next day’s

quiz, he quickly integrated himself with the

local school board to discover firsthand how the

nuts and bolts of the education system worked

or, more accurately, didn’t. “My involvement in

our children’s education led to my involvement

as a Redwood City elementary school board

member, addressing the community’s educational

needs. Later, I served on the City Council and

more recently as a commissioner on the county

grand jury and the San Mateo County Civil

Service Commission,” Vega said, listing off these

milestones as if they were items on a grocery

shopping list.

The incident that got Vega involved in the

first place happened when his oldest son, Oscar,

signed up for high school physics, algebra and

government classes in 1964. Instead, he was

given general math, ceramics and woodworking.

Outraged, Vega spoke with the Sequoia High

School counselor who made that decision. He was

told that college preparatory classes had limited

enrollment and since his son was a Latino, it was

assumed that he couldn’t afford college and that it

was best to prepare him for a craftsman job. Such

a derogatory and prejudiced affront burned Vega

deeply and consequently led him to make, by his

advantage of the system, taking the easy way

out, content to go through their academic careers

without ever transitioning over to English. “A

factor in the program’s failure is how it was and

is administered. Students enrolled in a ‘bilingual

education program’ year after year, without ever

making a transition to an ‘English-only’ program,

will not be academically prepared for high school

and college courses.”

It was with considerable controversy that Vega

crossed over to the other side and endorsed Palo

Alto businessman Ron Unz’s 1998 “English for

the children” initiative, Proposition 227. Today

such a maneuver would be characterized as “flipflopping,”

but thankfully such a term wasn’t

used back then. What was doubly ironic about

Vega’s position as Honorary Chairman in the

Proposition 227 campaign was that not only was

he a prominent Latino voice lecturing the parents

and children of his community to learn English as

fast as possible, but he was also endorsing a bill

put forth by a notorious Republican even though

Vega himself had always been a vocal Democrat.

Vega campaigned vigorously for the bill,

working much too hard for his 73 years at the

time, and lent his time and his voice to television

commercials, radio spots and meet-and-greets

with politicians. He even handed out pamphlets

and gathered signatures around his neighborhood.

The measure passed 61 percent to 39 percent.

Under Proposition 227, aka the Unz Initiative,

non-English-speaking children have a one-year

transition grace period to immerse themselves

into the English language regardless of their home

or academic situation. After that, they’re placed in

English-only classrooms.

“This and similar measures across the country

are designed to change the way we teach to non-

“Life at first focused on providing our family with a home

and ensuring that my children obtained a good education.”

account, an over-reactionary political misstep in

endorsing bilingual education, thinking at the

time that such a stance was necessary for the

advancement of the local Latino community.

He’s gone on the record since, many times,

that the bilingual program he introduced to many

schools around the Peninsula was an unequivocal

failure. The children and parents were taking

Vega with fellow Kiwanis members at last year’s Farmers Market.

English-speaking students, maintaining support

while progressing quickly to an English-only

program in order to prepare the student for high

school and academic challenges ahead,” Vega

said, defending his new cause.

Vega still follows politics avidly and was

actively involved in both of Bill Clinton’s

presidential campaigns as well as Al Gore’s. He

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Fernando Vega: Continued from previous page

“My community involvement has been exceptionally

rewarding for me personally, and I am proud of my years of

service to my community. However, my hope is that I be seen as

a leader in the community in general, not just for Latinos.”

states that while he met Gore personally, his work on the ex–Vice President’s behalf was orchestrated

mainly through Gore’s cousin Celeste. “It was an exciting time, as we were also working on successfully

getting Ruben Barrales elected as the first Latino on the San Mateo [County] Board of Supervisors and

on the campaign for Don Horsley as Sheriff.”

Vega is optimistic and sees the virtues of both of the current candidates for the Democratic

presidential nomination this year. “The presidential candidates we have now represent a historical

accomplishment and there can really be no comparison to the past. Never in our history have we had

a woman or an African-American as likely candidates for their party. In addition to their stand on

expected issues like the war against terror, the economy and our nation’s security, we hope that race and

gender do not become an issue when evaluating the qualifications of our next leader. I personally hope

that [they] are evaluated by the voters based on their political position. If they are, there is no reason

either of them would not be on an even playing field with [Senator] McCain.”

Vega understands that he’s had his time under the political spotlight and now it’s up to others to fight

the good fight and to be active socially. “My community involvement has been exceptionally rewarding

for me personally, and I am proud of my years of service to my community. However, my hope is that

I be seen as a leader in the community in general, not just for Latinos. As the business environment in

the Bay Area continues to change, well-paying jobs demand a quality education. I hope that Latinos

continue to focus on culture and strong family but, at the same time, understand the importance and

rewards of academic achievement. We need both more involvement from Latinos in government boards,

commissions and committees and support from Latinos and non-Latinos for those who have made the

commitment to become involved. Latinos should never forget that every vote counts.”

And none of us should forget all the good work Fernando Vega has done for Redwood City.

Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

For as little as 10 hours a month, you could make

a lasting difference in the life of an abused and

neglected child.

Each year, 600 to 800 San Mateo County

children enter the foster care system as a result of

abuse and neglect. Advocates for Children, CASA

of San Mateo County, is actively seeking caring

and consistent adults to mentor and speak up

for the best interests of these children. Over 130

children are waiting for someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer

advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend

an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit

their Web site ( or call

650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

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

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

Call Manny Rosas at 650-780-7468 if you would

like to check out a meeting or just stop in. Visit for more information about

the Toastmasters public speaking program.


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public

Works Department to enhance and care for

Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant

or prune on the third Saturday of each month.

Check their Web site ( for a

listing of events and dates.

Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled,

reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55

years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic

and the commitment to quality that mature

workers possess. There are no fees for hiring

candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-

4300, ext. 4368, to place your job order.

For those who are looking for work and are

at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency

provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified

participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-

4300, ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,

watch baseball games or just have fun? Then you

have what it takes to be a mentor!

As a mentor, you can hang out with a young

person like Reggie. He’s a 12-year-old who

loves pizza, baseball and cars. He lives with his

grandmother and three sisters and would love to

hang out with a guy and have fun. There are 30

boys like Reggie waiting to be matched with a

mentor like you. Most of the boys wait more than

a year to meet their mentors.

As a mentor with Friends for Youth, you will

have access to group activities like bowling,

miniature golf and camping trips, plus free tickets

to Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Sharks games and

more. In just a few hours a week you can make a

difference in the life of someone like Reggie.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

sessions, call 650-482-2871 or e-mail mentor@

Hearing Loss Association of the


Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-of-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The

nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

is devoted to the welfare and interests of those

who cannot hear well but are committed to

participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of

the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational

speakers and refreshments are provided. A

demonstration of assistive devices is held on

the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

in the second-floor conference room at the

Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield

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


Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit

organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly

trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at

least six months). To speak with a counselor (no

fee), call 650-327-MILK (327-6455).

NMC also offers free breastfeeding classes.

Moms (including babies), dads, grandmas and

friends are welcome. Classes are held the first

Saturday of each month at Mills Hospital in San

Mateo from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 650-327-MILK

(327-6455) to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase and rent. Call

650-364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained

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


Optimist Club of Redwood City

The Optimists invite you to become a member of

Optimist International, one of the largest service

organizations in the world, where “bringing out

the best in kids” has been their mission for over

80 years. Whether you’re a club officer or a club

member who enjoys the fellowship and friendship

of others with a common greater good, Optimist

International needs and wants you as a member.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets

every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Bakers Square, 949

Veterans Blvd. For information, call President

Anita-Mae Lollar at 650-366-7515 or John

Butterfield at 650-366-8803. Or come join them

for lunch to learn more about how you can make a


Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

The club recently welcomed Diane Abrams,

Rosemary Fischer and Jeri Hover into

membership at an initiation ceremony held during

the club’s general meeting.

Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s

Club, a member of the General Federation of

Women’s Clubs and the California Federation of

Women’s Clubs, is a philanthropic organization

serving the community through charitable,

educational and service programs. Meetings are

held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

For additional information, contact PHWC, P.O.

Box 1394, Redwood City, CA 94064.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes

for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent

placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),

PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. New

in 2006 and beginning with the North Fair

Oaks community, the shelter began driving

its mobile spay/neuter clinic into low-income

neighborhoods, offering owners free “fixes” for

their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides a free animal

behavior help line in English and Spanish. Call

650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786. And domestic

abuse victims who wish to leave their abusive

situation but are fearful of doing so because they

have pets can receive temporary sheltering for

their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call 650-340-7022,

ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

in April 1988. In the years since that time, the

club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and

to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The club, with

22 members, has frequently been honored as an

outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,

which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and

part of Marin counties. For more information or

to join, call Marc Manuel at 650-306-9606.

Redwood City Education


The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated

to providing students in the Redwood City

School District with a strong education that lays

the foundation for future success. They raise

private money to provide enrichment programs

to all students in the district. Their funding is

focused on academic achievement, music and

art, and health and wellness. They are currently

seeking new board members. Board members

are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating

in fundraising and outreach activities, and

promoting RCEF in the community. If you are

interested in the possibility of serving on the

board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-

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As I Was Saying… (continued from page 6)

direct and strong is stating it mildly. She showed

leadership and was not about to back down from

previous comments to the press or those that night.

Speakers for the initiative stated: (1) It’s time

that the citizens protect our bay front properties

and not let a developer come into our community

and tell us what to do with our property. We

should not miss this opportunity to preserve 1,400

acres. (2) They want to keep it open space. (3)

They’re upset by undermining by the council and

think leadership should not make the statements

that have been made. (4) We have heard there will

be 1,500 homes on the site. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Speakers not in favor of the initiative stated:

(1) They support the empowerment of elected

officials. (2) Does the initiative send a signal that

we don’t have to work with each other anymore

and can just do what we want? (3) The council

is representative of democracy — should we

have to put all developments to costly elections?

It removes a portion of our process if council

members are not able to do their jobs. (4) This is

not an honest approach. If Cargill is the target, go

after Cargill. (5) It is all about no growth. Who is

to finance this if it is left open space? Etc. Etc. Etc.

And where is it all going? No decisions were

made at the meeting because it was basically a

“fact-finding” meeting. The OSVC is smart in starting

now, so they have a lot of Saturday mornings at the

Farmers Market, etc., to get signatures.

We all have the right as citizens of this

community to bring forth issues and developments

that we are concerned about. Regardless of the

fact that the leader of this petition drive is not

from our city, he claims there are 700 members of

his group, Save The Bay, in Redwood City. That

is powerful if they all agree with the proposed

charter changes. The Friends of Redwood City is

a community-based organization that deserves to

have its voice heard and, combined with the other

groups from out of town, they have the potential

to do whatever they please if organized effectively

and with no organized opposition.

I am a firm believer in property owner rights.

I feel there are already many regulations and

restrictions on what we can and cannot do with

our property, and having more is just another

way of limiting our rights. Redwood City

Saltworks has respected the process, held several

community forums at no cost to the taxpayers

and has genuinely been concerned with what our

community wants — their past projects are a clear

indication of that. They should not be viewed as

outsiders or developers who are coming into our

community only for profit. They are a partnership

company made up of people who have been in

this community for years and years and should be

respected as such. Now that the battle has begun,

let’s be fair.

The City Council needs to operate under the

assumption that the amendment will qualify for

the ballot. If the council is not taking steps now

to anticipate what resources will be needed for a

ballot campaign, they’re already behind. Have you

seen the TV commercials from RC Saltworks?

They got smart, didn’t they? As did the OSVC

with the “recorded messages” that you will read

about further below.


If you want to view the meeting, it is on the

city’s Web site. Here are the instructions: Go to Place your cursor over

the Government heading at the top of the page.

Select City Council, then Meetings, Agendas and

Minutes. Once on this page, you have two choices.

Click on “View the Meetings Live” (whenever

a meeting is in progress, you can view it live

from here). Click on “View Archived Meetings”

to view a list of past meetings. Find the meeting

you want and click on “Watch” to download the

QuickTime plug-in. You have a choice, on these

archived meetings, to jump to different points of

the meeting. Underneath the small viewer screen,

select the agenda heading you want (e.g., Consent

Calendar, Staff Reports or another portion of the

agenda). After a few seconds, you will be taken to

that portion of the meeting.

It really is worth viewing to see how our

community members and the ones involved in this

issue conduct themselves in a public format. Make

sure you have a beverage while doing so.

Still on that subject — I have gotten several calls

from readers informing me of “taped recorded

messages” they have received during the past few

weeks. In some, the caller identified himself as

David Lewis of Save The Bay, and others came

from the Friends of Redwood City. The message:

It asked people to sign their petition and said,

“Don’t be fooled by Cargill’s 50/50 plan. It will

destroy the bay and add thousands of homes

around the bay.” My guess is this message is

going out to registered Democrats throughout our

community. The call was paid for by the Open

Space Vote Coalition and probably cost around

$3,000 or so. Like I said, the battle has begun.

Just a reminder that Radio Redwood City (www. is still up and running. The

station now features songs by the bands scheduled

for the downtown summer concert series, which

starts Friday, May 30. This site has been put up

by Redwood City residents so we all can bring the

energy and sounds of the Friday Night Concert

Series to your computer. What a great idea!

When you’re alone and life is making you lonely,

you can always go…

As I was saying…




Nonprofits in the News

Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club Recognizes

Special Day of Service …

in Kiwanis One Day,” said Michael Akana,

president. “The energy, commitment and

camaraderie surrounding this single day make

the experience of hands-on service even more

gratifying for our members as they make an

immediate, measurable impact on the Redwood

City community.”

Kiwanis One Day (“One Way, One Day, One

K”) was designated by Kiwanis International

in order to unite all youth and adult members

from different parts of the Kiwanis family

together in service. For more information on the

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club’s service

activities, please contact Donna Vaillancourt at

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and health fair

participants. Over 80 bicycle helmets provided by

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis were given to

the children. Two bikes were also raffled off, and

a safety demonstration was held throughout the day.

Many donated their time and efforts. Paula

Uccelli donated new bikes. Louise from Sequoia

Hospital donated water to go with the hot

dogs. Michael Craig, aka Whoopee the Clown,

entertained the kids, and what a hit he was!

Cheryl Angeles of Saf Keep Storage donated

a storage unit for the bicycles that Elise Dixon

(a parent at Roy Cloud) collected. Leath from

Sigona’s donated beautiful oranges, replacing

the donuts served in previous years. And let’s

not forget Armando from the San Mateo County

Sheriff’s Office for putting on the rodeo.

On April 5, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis

Club brought the spirit of service alive in Redwood

City by spending the day cleaning and oiling the

teak tables and chairs used by the community for

public events in the Courthouse Square.

The activity was held as part of Kiwanis One

Day, a global volunteer action day uniting the

entire Kiwanis family, including Kiwanis, Circle

K, Key Club, Builder’s Club, Aktion Club, K-Kids

and Kiwanis Junior. On this day, the Kiwanis

volunteers in Redwood City, including members

of Sequoia High School Key Club, joined nearly

600,000 volunteers around the world in devoting a

few hours to hands-on volunteer service. Kiwanis

expects that Kiwanis One Day will contribute

nearly one million service hours around the world

in just one day.

“We are proud to join our fellow Kiwanis

family members around the globe to participate

… and Holds Bike Rodeo

for Community

Giving was the theme at this year’s Bike Rodeo

held March 29 at Garfield Charter School, 3600

Middlefield Road, in Redwood City. The event

was co-sponsored by the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club, Sequoia High School Key Club,

Learning to Read Together

Five kindergarten students each grabbed a marker

and began drawing the final part of the story just

read to them by 15-year-olds Taylor Jones and

Dominique Curatola, “Clic, Clac, Muu Vacas


aThe book, which translates to “Click, Clack,

Moo Cows That Type,” was read to the children

as part of the second annual literacy day at Taft

Elementary School in Redwood City. Freshmen

from Menlo School came to the campus to spend

the day reading, helping with projects and playing

with the children. The day acts as a service day

for the freshmen — a requirement for the Menlo

students, said Taft Vice Principal Guadalupe


Guzman visits Menlo in preparation for the

annual event. Menlo students plan a lesson for

a class that could be kindergarten through fifth

grade or a special day class. The annual event

began small but grew to include the entire Menlo

freshman class last year, said Guzman.

Jones and Curatola led a group of youngsters

in drawing what happened in the book. Sections

were broken into three parts: beginning, middle

and end. The girls are both in Spanish class in

school and were using their knowledge of the

language to work with the children.

Menlo students began preparing for the day

last week, said Jones, during an assembly. Then

students prepared for the day one last time

Monday morning before heading over to the


Students in one first-grade class were reading

“Todo Empezo con Caraco,” or “It All Started

With the Snail.” The story features animals not

being very nice to each other.

Seven-year-old Aleyada Hernandez was filling

out character traits for the snail, which didn’t have

the name.

“It was hurt,” she said, adding the snail was sad

it couldn’t walk like the pig.

Fifth-grade students explored the book

“Creativity” using a paper bag book report. The

book report requires students to draw a picture

on one side showing a scene from the book, said

11-year-old Gaby Guitron. Characters and story

details are explored on the other side, she said.

Erick Mariscal, 11, enjoys the brown bag

reports over regular book reports since it allows

creativity. Mariscal also enjoys working with the

high school students.

Fourteen-year-olds Kevin Ji and Victoria

Paterson shared the sentiment of the younger

students that it’s a fun change.

Menlo School freshman Whitney Hooper, 15, reads to

Angel Calderon, 6, at Taft Elementary School as part of

Literacy Day.

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Nonprofits in Action: Continued

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and

donates to international relief efforts. The 50-

member club meets in a spirit of good fellowship

and fun each Tuesday at 12:15 at the Sequoia

Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear speakers and plan

community benefits, including the annual July 4

raffle that raises $80,000 for 12 local charities.

For more information about joining, contact

President Alpio Barbara at 650-369-0351.

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing

membership. All members either live or work

in our community and share a common goal of

making our city a better place to live. This club

is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.

Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously

active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our

schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every

Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,

2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill

Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Redwood City Women’s Club meets at the

clubhouse, 149 Clinton St., the first Thursday of

each month September through June. Social at

11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon, followed by meeting

and program. For information call Loretta at 650-

368-8212 or visit the group’s Web site at rwcwc.


Sequoia High School Alumni


The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each

month at the Sequoia District Board Room, 480

James Ave., at 7 p.m. All alumni and friends

of Sequoia are welcome to attend. For more

information call Nancy at 650-592-5822, visit the

Web site at or e-mail

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and invites

community members to visit. The club meets

at the Community Activities Building, 1400

Roosevelt Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday

at 7:45 p.m. There is a program every meeting and

refreshments are served. The dues are only $3

per year. Contact Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail or visit the group’s

Web site at Sequoia Stamp Club

sponsors a free stamp show at the same location

on the first weekend in December.

Soroptimist International of South


The Soroptimists invite you to become a member

of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest

service organization for business and professional

women, where “improving the lives of women

and children” has been their mission since 1921.

Soroptimists work through service projects to

advance human rights and the status of women

locally and abroad. Soroptimist International

of South Peninsula needs and wants you as a

member. While helping women’s and children’s

causes, you will enjoy fellowship and lasting

friendships. They meet the second Thursday of

every month. For more information, please call

their president, Maria, at 650-366-0668, Monday–

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

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis


Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club has been devoted to community

service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy

community programs and continues to add more

community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace

A.M. Kiwanis Club, was chartered in 1994 and

has been involved in raising money and donating

time and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

meets every Wednesday morning 7:15–8:30 a.m.

at the Waterfront Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at

Pete’s Harbor). They invite you to come to their

meetings and check out the club’s Web site at

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

This is a unique club made up of senior citizens

who want to stay involved. Most, but not all, come

from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club

is open to all of the community and provides an

opportunity for seniors to be useful.

The club’s funds are raised by a card, candy

and necklace sale held on the fourth Wednesday

of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside

Road, open to the public. All greeting cards are a

dollar each. They sell See’s and other candy bars

and hold a See’s fundraiser for holidays. One of

their members makes beautiful necklaces and

sells them for $10 or more if one wishes to make a

larger donation to the club.

The club has a tutoring project at Taft School

and has contributed to school libraries, the

Children’s Cancer Campaign, the Optimist

Volunteers for Youth Camp near La Honda

for needy children, the Optimist Jr. World

Golf program, Challenge Day and many other

programs for kids.

Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the

second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in

the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside

Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call president

Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or Millie Cole at

650-366-1392 for reservations.

YES Reading

This local organization is dedicated to

empowering students through literacy and

investing community members in underserved

public schools. YES Reading recruits and

trains community volunteers to provide oneon-one

tutoring for elementary and middle

school students reading below grade level.

The organization partners with historically

underresourced public schools and works closely

with classroom teachers to provide curriculumbased,

results-oriented intervention for lowperforming


YES Reading operates several reading centers

on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, including

a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you

are interested in becoming a reading tutor for a

child who needs your help, please call 408-945-

9316 or email Visit the YES

Reading Web site at

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a

nonprofit organization and want your information

printed in The Spectrum, send it to writers@ or The Spectrum Magazine,

P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our

community know your contributions and maybe

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Coming F ull

By Valerie Harris

Special to The Spectrum

Jewelry has been around since prehistoric

times. Evidence dates as far back as the

Middle Stone Age, 100,000 years ago. It

is as old as clothing and tools. The word

“jewelry” is derived from the Latin word

“jocale,” meaning “plaything.” Early jewels

were fashioned out of perforated mollusk

shells, animal teeth, bone, various types of

shells, carved stone, wood, seeds, stones

and feathers, usually strung together with

animal sinew. Eventually, jewelry was used

as a symbol of wealth and status, to protect

against harm, ward off evil and heal ailments.

Jewelry has been used to adorn nearly every

part of the body and has been made out of

almost every material known to mankind.

Necklaces were the most common kinds of

prehistoric ornaments.

Prolific jewelrymaking began over

40,000 years ago, when the Cro-Magnons,

ancestors of Homo sapiens, began to

migrate from the Middle East to Europe.

Jewelry from that period includes crudely

fashioned necklaces and bracelets made

of bone, teeth, mother-of-pearl, shells

and stone strung together with a piece of

twine or animal sinew. The earliest signs

of metallurgy, in which copper was used to

make jewelry, were seen around 7,000 years

ago. As long as there have been people,

there has been jewelry.

In a time when everything is manufactured

cheaply or stamped out en masse,

craftsmanship at its finest is still alive at St.

Regal Jewelers. Owner Phil Boucher (boo-

SHAY’) hails from a long line of jewelers. His

great-grandfather, Simpson Reinhard, came

to the United States from France, entering

through Ellis Island. Boucher’s grandfather

was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. His grandmother,

Alice Mable Stanley, was a California native

who was born and raised in a little place

called Forest Home in the Sierra foothills.

Her family moved to San Francisco. When

Boucher’s grandfather left Brooklyn and

moved to San Francisco, he met Alice and

they eventually wed. They started a jewelry

business, Reinhard and Company, on Market

Street in San Francisco.

In 1924, the family decided to move

the business to Redwood City. Boucher

recalled, “They had many, many locations.

My previous location was at 2201 Broadway

by Middlefield. I have an attachment to that

area, because I used to work in the exact

same spot where my grandfather used to

work. They stayed at that location from 1929

until 1946. The business then moved kittycorner

to where Schneider’s used to be.”

That location is near what is presently Bob’s

Court House Coffee Shop.


In 1958, the business relocated to 2098

Broadway, where the Old Clock is now

located. Boucher recounted, “I remember

them wheeling the safe down the street to

that location.” The Old Clock is actually the

family clock and belonged to Boucher’s

grandfather. His grandfather bought the

clock in San Francisco and moved it from

location to location. The clock was lit at that

time. “My mother left it there. Gold Coast

turned the maintenance over to the city,”

Boucher continued. The clock is currently in

front of Margaritas restaurant.

In 1973, Boucher’s mother decided to

close the business. But first she approached

Boucher with the question, “Philippe, are

you interested in taking over the family

business?” At the time, Boucher was a

student at San Francisco State, preparing

to be a juvenile probation counselor, and

he replied, “Mom, I’m never going to have

anything to do with the jewelry business. I

am getting into juvenile probation.” Reinhard

Jewelers ceased to exist. Boucher’s mother

then moved to San Francisco and opened a

little custom jewelry and repair business in

the Phelan Building on Market Street.

After Gold Coast jewelers opened at

the former Reinhard Jewelers location in

Redwood City, they had a lot of questions

and constantly sought Boucher’s advice.

Boucher finally agreed to work Saturdays

only, while he commuted to San Francisco

State during the week. The Saturday job

gave Boucher insight into the jewelry business.

After working in juvenile probation,

Boucher realized it wasn’t his future. In fact,

the jewelry business was truly all he had

ever known. The extended family had lived

together on Graceland Avenue in San Carlos,

and all he ever heard as a child was constant

discussion of the family jewelry business.

Boucher knew how to craft custom pieces,

fix watches and repair all sorts of items. It

was a natural transition to return to what he

knew so well. San Francisco was too far a

commute to work with his mother.

Boucher was hired by Gold Coast jewelers

and worked there for seven years. After that

stint, he and his sister, Renee, went into

partnership for two years in a shopping

plaza at Alameda and Avy in Menlo Park,

near the Dutch Goose. After the partnership

dissolved, Boucher returned to Gold Coast

jewelers and stayed there another six years.

He thought of the Gold Coast owners as

family until a disagreement over withheld

wage payments led him to quit. “I just quit

without having another job lined up. I had never

been in a situation like that before,” he said.

“I then interviewed with Joseph Ferrando

for a position as a jeweler, and I was hired.”

Ferrando owned St. Regal Jewelers. Boucher

had found his new home. He worked there

for 12 years until, one day, knowing the

history of Boucher’s refusal to take over

the family business, Ferrando asked in a

chuckling, Godfatheresque manner, “Phil,

are you interested in taking over the family

business?” Without missing a beat, Boucher

retorted, “‘Make me an offer I can’t refuse!’

He did. And here I am!” Papers were drawn

up in December 1999, and in 2000, Boucher

became full owner of St. Regal Jewelers. He

had come full circle.

As for some of Boucher’s top jewelry

designs, he reminisced fondly: “One was for

CEO of Ampex, back in the 1970s. We put

a piece together, an all-diamond necklace,

and it was a beautiful piece. It was about

six carats. It did get a little airtime when

Ampex taped the Olympics that year.” The

scrapbooks showcasing some of his most

“Even though I have overhead, I like to give the

working person as much of a break as possible.”

elegant pieces from years past have gone


Even though St Regal is a custom jeweler,

Boucher deviates from the high mark-ups

that most big conglomerate jewelers take.

“Even though I have overhead, I like to give

the working person as much of a break as


Currently Boucher works in tandem with

Bradford Miskelly. Miskelly apprenticed

with Boucher’s grandfather at Reinhard

and Company. Boucher had met Miskelly at

Cañada College in1969, and they became

instant friends. Miskelly was selling clothes

at the Gap when Boucher asked if he’d like

to learn the jewelry business. Boucher said,

“We always wanted to work together, and

now we have come full circle.”

As far as business on Main Street, Boucher

said, “I think it’s positive. I think business

is moving in a positive direction. Business

is down, not only in the city, but all over the

country.” Boucher started seeing a decline

in business during the summer of 2003 and

onward, due to the economic downturn. But

Boucher predicts business will turn around

on historic Main Street. Life on Main Street

is good and will get better, especially if the

family clock comes home to roost.

Opposite page top: Owner Phil Boucher in front of his

Main Street shop. Bottom: The Old Clock on Broadway

belonged to Boucher’s family. This page: Bradford

Miskelly works with Boucher at the shop.

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Cultural Events

Art on Broadway Gallery

Redwood City Art Center

2625 Broadway, Redwood City

Change. It’s one of life’s few constants, and Art

on Broadway is at it again with the launch of

its new exhibition, Metamorphosis, on May 1.

The show includes a variety of media, features

seasoned and emerging artists, and runs through

June 15. Join in the fun at the Metamorphosis

Artists’ Reception on May 10, which coincides

with Redwood City’s Second Saturday Art Walk

(sponsored by the Redwood City Redevelopment

Agency). Visit multiple galleries with other roving

art lovers. Enjoy later gallery hours in a festive

atmosphere of wine, hors d’oeuvres and allaround

good vibes!

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City


Wed.–Fri. 11–4, Sat.–Sun. 10–3, and by


By Terri Moore: Alberto and Carmen — On The Ferry,

1948, 30”x40”

By Terri Moore: Alberto and Lena — Testing The

Waters, 1936, 60”x36”

By Debora Crosby: Bending Light, 6’x6’, mixed media

The Main Gallery celebrates the spirit of

collaboration with two dynamic shows:

The Red Beret

Painter Terri Wilson Moore and poet Mary

Petrosky have created narrative paintings and

lyric poems based on an anonymous lot of

family photographs purchased on eBay in 2007.

The photographs, originally from Argentina,

document a family through several generations

and provide a starting point for the collaborative

process between Moore and Petrosky.

Quantum Jitters

Concepts in modern physics — space, time,

gravity, string theory, quantum mechanics and

the origin of the material universe — inspire

this multimedia installation. Mixed media artist

Debora Crosby and physicist John Zadrozny

explore the beauty of the math and science behind

these concepts in this innovative installation.

Both shows run from April 23 through May 25.

There will be an opening on April 27 from 4 to

7 p.m. and an open house and artist talk on May

10 from 6 to 9 p.m. The artists will talk about the

collaborative process from 6 to 7 p.m., followed

by a poetry reading and refreshments from 7 to 9


Local Artists Invite the Public Into Their


Local artists George and Christine Hopf-Lovette

will open their studio at 1345 Edgewood Road in

Redwood City to the public for the first time on

May 3 and 4. This date is one of three weekends

sponsored by the nonprofit organization Silicon

Valley Open Studios. Christine and George,

longtime Redwood City residents, join more than

300 artists in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties

who invite the public to view their work between

11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on at least one of the first

three weekends in May. Maps and a directory of

artists are available online at, and

free brochures can be picked up throughout the

Peninsula at newsstands, libraries, art stores and

community centers.

George Hopf-Lovette studied painting at the San

Francisco Art Institute. He has been creating

large abstract landscapes in oil for many years.

The paintings, which measure about 60” to 72”

wide by 48” high, exhibit his sensitivity to subtle

gradations of color. The effect is very calming,

and the paintings are ideal for contemplation at

the end of a busy day. His work can be viewed

online at

Christine Hopf-Lovette discovered her passion for

creating quilted fabric purses after her retirement

from a career in publishing and media relations.

The purses have an Asian theme, employing

Japanese prints, Indonesian batiks and interesting

embellishments such as antique coins and carved

jade beads. She exhibits at art festivals throughout

the Bay Area, and her work is sold online at

Large bright yellow signs will be posted near

each open studio location, and directories can be

picked up at any studio during the event.

Downtown Events — Courthouse Square

May 2: Silicon Valley Open Studios Kickoff

May 2: Cinco de Mayo Celebration (5–8 p.m.)

May 9: EA Rock Band Night

May 10: Mother’s Day Kids Concert (11–12:30)

May 10: Art Walk (evening)

May 16: EA Rock Band Night

May 17: Immigrants Day/History Museum (11–4)

May 23: EA Rock Band Night

May 30: Friday night concerts begin

May 31: Pet Parade (11–3)

Artistry in Fashion

Professional Designer Sale

Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. @

Hwy 280, Redwood City

A fun, inspiring event where you meet

professional designers and browse through an

array of one-of-a-kind fashion pieces including

clothing, hats, handbags, jewelry and more. Now

in its 17th year, the event benefits students with

scholarships and serves as a learning experience

in event planning and marketing. Refreshments

are available for sale throughout the day. Free

parking. Wheelchair accessible. Visit www. or call 650-306-3370 for

more information.

San Mateo County History Museum

777 Hamilton St., Redwood City


Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$2–$4; free for children 5 and under

The museum is located in the Old Courthouse

with its historic dome. Collections include horsedrawn

carriages, models, railroads from Caltrans

and the Ocean Shore Railroad, relics from San

Mateo’s past and lithographic art dating from 1875.

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Finance: Investments (and Expertise) Can Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts

By David Amann, Special to the Spectrum

Mother’s Day arrives in May.

You could, of course, give Mom

some flowers, and she’d probably

appreciate them. But if your

mother is a certain age, you might

also want to make another type

of gift — a gift that can help her

enjoy the retirement lifestyle she’s


If you don’t think your mother needs this type of

gift, consider this: With advances in health care,

today’s retirees can easily live two or even three

decades in retirement. Furthermore, women still

outlive men, on average, by several years. In other

words, your mother will likely have to pay for

decades of retirement and, during some of those

years, she may be solely responsible for making

financial decisions.

That’s why you may want to provide as much

investment-related help to your mother as you

can. And there’s no time like Mother’s Day to get


So, what sort of gifts should you think about?

Here are a few possibilities:

Help fund Mom’s IRA.

If your mother is still working, she can contribute

to an IRA — and she should. A traditional IRA

offers the potential for tax-deferred earnings,

while a Roth IRA has the potential to grow tax

free, provided your mother doesn’t take any

withdrawals until she is at least 59½ and she’s

had her account for at least five years. In 2008,

your mother can put up to $6,000 into an IRA

if she’s 50 or older, or $5,000 if she’s under 50.

While you can’t actually make a deposit into your

mother’s IRA, you can give her some money for

that purpose.

Give stocks.

Consider giving shares of a company that

produces products or services used by your mother.

If you’re going to give away some of your own

shares, you’ll need to know what you originally

paid for the stock, how long you’ve held it and

its fair market value at the date of the gift. Your

mother will need this information to determine

gains or losses if she decides to sell the stock.

(You’ll also need to determine if you have to pay

gift taxes. You can give up to $12,000 per year,

free of gift taxes, to as many people as you want.)

Pay off a debt.

If you can afford it, tell your mother you’d like

to pay off her credit card balance, a month’s car

payment or another type of loan. But don’t stop

there — encourage her to invest the money that

she’ll be saving due to your generosity. Even if

it’s just a relatively small amount, every little

bit helps. And who knows? Your gift could

encourage your mother to take further steps to

reduce debt and invest more.

Make an appointment with a financial


If your mother doesn’t already work with

a professional financial advisor, make an

appointment for her to see one, preferably one

who comes with good referrals. A reputable

financial advisor won’t charge anything for an

initial consultation and, over time, he or she can

help your mother create investment strategies that

are appropriate for her goals, needs, risk tolerance

and time horizon.

By following one or more of these gift

suggestions, you’ll brighten the holiday for your

own mother. And your gift will still have an

impact long after Mother’s Day is over.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, 1455

Madison Ave., Redwood

City, provides the following

activities that are open to

the public.

Mother’s Day and Tea Outing

Saturday, May 3, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Discover the craft of soap-making and much

more. Bring your mom, grandma, grandchild or

friend to make different types of soap and learn

the process of soap-making. Afterwards, we will

have tea at a cafe in downtown Palo Alto. Cost: $45.

Senior Affairs Commission Meeting

Thursday, May 8, 1 p.m.

The objectives of the Senior Affairs Commission

are to encourage, foster, facilitate, establish

and maintain programs for the enhancement

of all matters relating to the social, economic

and personal well-being of the city’s senior

population. The public is invited to attend.


Friday, May 16, 1–2 p.m.

Dr. Leland Smith will instruct us about the

mechanics of the foot and aging issues regarding

our feet. This is a huge problem with many older

adults, so don’t miss this chance to get your

questions answered. For more info, call Merrylen

Sacks at 650-780-7320.

Friends Walk for the Health of It!

Friday, May 16

Join the Veterans Memorial Senior Center for the

2008 Friends Walk for the Health of It. Money

raised from this fundraiser helps support essential

VMSC services and programs that promote

healthy lifestyles throughout the year. Individuals

are encouraged to join us for a morning walk

followed by a delicious pancake breakfast.

Vendors from around the Peninsula will also

be on hand to provide health screenings and


Murder in the Louvre Murder

Mystery Dinner

Saturday, June 28, 6:30–9 p.m.

Bon soir! Become a member of a very privileged

group who travels to the Louvre Museum in Paris

to attend a once-in-a-lifetime event. You will

witness the unveiling of a rare and treasured art

piece worth millions. But beware! The air is thick

with greed and, perhaps, murder in the Louvre!

The evening will feature a three-course dinner

and a live performance in which the audience

helps decipher the murder mystery. Proceeds

benefit Veterans Memorial Senior Center

programs and services. Ages 21+ only. $50 per

person. For more information, call 650-780-7344.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, call 780-7270. Redwood City

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Department provides recreational facilities

and activities for all ages and interests, and

supplies building and custodial services

for city buildings. Redwood City Parks also

operates the Veterans Memorial Senior

Center and the Fair Oaks Community Center,

providing social, educational and cultural

activities as well as information, referral

and counseling services to persons living in

Redwood City and neighboring communities.

Redwood City Parks is more than you think!

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Community Interest

Apply for Mayor’s


Recognition Program

For the 20th consecutive year,

Redwood City residents, nonprofit

organizations and businesses

are showing their civic pride

by applying for the Mayor’s

Beautification Recognition Program.

The deadline for entries is Friday,

May 30. For an application or more

information, call 780-7300.

The program is sponsored by

the city’s Pride and Beautification

Committee and encourages

attractive structural and landscaping

improvements in our community.

Individuals, homeowners

associations, apartment complexes,

businesses, nonprofits and others

are invited to participate.

A panel of volunteer judges will

prescreen the entries, and the final

selection process will include a site

visit to the top entries. Categories

include best architectural design,

remodel or historical restoration;

most beautiful garden or landscape;

best compatible building and garden

or landscape; and more. If an entry

doesn’t exactly fit into one of the

categories, applicants can create

their own category.

Entering the Mayor’s

Beautification Recognition

Program is an easy and fun way to

demonstrate neighborhood and civic

pride, and help to connect with the

community of Redwood City.

Organizers Collecting

Signatures for Initiative to

Protect Open Space

The Open Space Vote Coalition

has formally started collecting

signatures from voters throughout

our city for an initiative that would

amend the Redwood City Charter

to require a public vote on future

developments slated to take place

on existing open space.

The coalition must get signatures

from 15 percent of the city’s

registered voters for the initiative to

be placed on the November ballot.

Then, if the measure is placed on

the ballot, it must be approved by a

two-thirds majority of voters in the

Nov. 5 election.

The open spaces in Redwood

City are precious and limited,”

Save The Bay Executive Director

David Lewis said. “Open Space

Vote will ensure that this valuable

land is protected for Redwood City

residents and their quality of life.”

At a March news conference

announcing the initiative, Lennie

Roberts of the Committee for

Green Foothills and Ralph Nobles

from Friends of Redwood City

spoke in support of the measure

and compared it to the fight in

the 1980s to save Bair Island from


Lewis characterized the

amendment as a way for citizens to

halt the assault on open spaces by

out-of-town developers. However,

he said this is not in response to

DMB Associates Inc. proposals

regarding development of the

Redwood City Saltworks industrial

salt factory along the city’s bay

coastline, an area that used to be

open tidal plains.

Saltworks Vice President and

General Manager John Bruno

said DMB will take the initiative

seriously and deal with it


DMB has been engaging with city

residents for almost two years to

find out what they think the future

use of the two-square-mile-area

Saltworks should be, Bruno said.

The company is hoping to submit

what they call a “50/50” plan that

will turn half of the land into new

habitat consistent with the natural

habitat of the bay, while the other

half will be developed to include

athletic fields and housing.

The Open Space Vote Coalition

comprises local and regional

environmental and grassroots

organizations including Save The

Bay, Friends of Redwood City,

Committee for Green Foothills and

Sequoia Audubon Society.

Sustainability Coalition


Redwood City residents answered

the mayor’s call for community

cooperation Monday night by

announcing the creation of

Sustainable Redwood City, a group

focused on improving housing,

economy and open space.

Founder Lou Covey announced

the group’s formation at the City

Council meeting in connection

with Measure O, a proposition

for a countywide one-eighth-cent

sales tax earmarked for parks and

recreation. The City Council was

considering a resolution in support

of the proposition, which will

appear on the June election.

Sustainable Redwood City is

a mix of residents who share the

long-term goals of a sustainable

environment, economy and

community, Covey said.

“With our city facing so many

critically important challenges, we

recognize that our community is

in danger of being divided as we

struggle to find the best solutions

for our diverse interests,” Covey


The group’s mission statement

focuses on the following, according

to a written release: The city’s

priorities should balance the

diverse issues and needs existing

within the community. Solutions

should be found that maintain and

increase economic vitality with selfsustaining,

cost-efficient answers to

the housing supply, transportation

improvements and other challenges.

The city needs to protect the

environment and open space.

To join the coalition or learn more,


Cultural Events: Continued from page 34

Ongoing Exhibits

The Grand Rotunda is the architectural highlight

of the restored 1910 building. Its stained glass

dome is reported to be the largest on the Pacific

Coast in a public building.

Courtroom A, restored to its 1910 appearance,

features a stained-glass ceiling and is the oldest

courtroom in San Mateo County.

Living the California Dream is an object art

theater exploring the development of the suburban

lifestyle on the Peninsula. Sit down and enjoy the


Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience

in San Mateo County features the cultural groups

that formed the county, including the Irish,

Filipino, Portuguese, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese

and Italian.

San Mateo County History Makers:

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World follows

a timeline of innovation in business and industry

with “touch-and-learn stations” about computer

technology, medicine and finance.

Nature’s Bounty explores how the earliest people

of the Peninsula used natural resources and how

those resources were utilized to help build San

Francisco after the discovery of gold in 1849.

Includes interactive displays for young children.

Journey to Work describes how transportation

transformed San Mateo County from a frontier

to a suburb with “touch-and-learn stations” and

historical photo opportunities.

Charles Parsons Ships of the World features 24

historic model ships hand-crafted by Charles

Parsons of San Carlos. Based on the historic plans

for the ships, each model is completely unique

and intricately pieced together.

San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame honors

athletes who have made significant contributions

to their sport. The exhibit pays homage to John

Madden, Barry Bonds and Tom Brady, among


Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement is the

theme of the Atkinson Meeting Room, including

a display of the Walter Moore Law Enforcement

Collection of historic badges.

Changing Exhibits

A Photo Tribute to Mel Lane: Champion of the

California Dream (through June 8). Enjoy family

photos and official photos of the Lane family, the

history of Lane Publishing Co. and Mel Lane’s

enduring influence upon the San Mateo County


Outstanding African-Americans of San Mateo

County (through Oct. 5). View artifacts, photos

and memorabilia from local community members

who have observed the impact of the African-

American people upon this county.

Behind the Gates of the Great Estates on the

Peninsula (March 30–Nov. 9). Enter the world of

refined Victorian mansions, elaborately carved

furniture and formal dining that set the tone for

gracious and elegant living, where good manners

were highly valued while questionable behavior

was not discussed in polite conversation … except

in secret, behind the gates.

Gabriel Moulin’s Photos of San Francisco

Peninsula from 1910 to 1930 (March 30–Nov. 9).

Be transported back to the days of elegant living

by viewing photographs of the great estates in

San Mateo County by Gabriel Moulin (1872-

1945), California’s premier society photographer.

The treasures of his photographs are the most

beautiful mansions we will never see except in

rare photos. It is an era that is gone with the wind.

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A Minute With: Rob Suelflohn

Rob Suelflohn was born in San Mateo and was raised

in Menlo Park by his parents, Robert and Dolores. He

attended Woodside High School (class of 1977). Active

in track and field in high school and college, he set

records in shot put and was once ranked in the top 20

worldwide. He is a graduate of San Jose State, where

he earned a business degree, and once trained for the

1984 Olympics. He currently lives in Redwood City with

his 8-year-old daughter, Whitney, and is the owner of

Powerhouse Gym downtown.

Ever thought of another home city?

Yes, Lake Lanier in Georgia. Nice

small town, small town living style.

Give one word to describe the

recent changes downtown.


Most positive change downtown?

The response from visitors who are

excited about the changes and tell

me it is wonderful.

Parking meters?

We should not charge people to shop

and dine in our city.

One word to describe your life

right now?


What historical figure do you most

identify with?

Elijah from the Bible. He stood his

ground, stood for what was right.

What living person do you most


Jerry Rice. He has the strongest

work ethic and focus I have seen.

How would your daughter describe

you in one word?


What talent would you most like to


To write like Henry David Thoreau.

He was an explainer, puts you in his


Something no one knows about you?

That I am a very private person,

enjoy a quiet life.

Favorite song?

Anything by the Lynyrd Skynyrd band.

Favorite television show?

Sunday mornings with Charles


What is your most treasured


My daughter, Whitney.

If you could change one thing

about yourself, what would it be?

I am content with who I am and the

way things are.

What words or phrases do you

most overuse?


If you could choose what to come

back as, what would it be?

A fighter pilot.

What is your idea of perfect


A peaceful home, wonderful

business and spending every

moment I can with my daughter.

What do you consider your greatest


Providing a consistent and nurturing

environment for my daughter.

What is your greatest regret?

Waiting until I had her to grow up.

What is your motto?

I don’t really have one.

What or who is the love of your life?

My daughter, Whitney, of course!

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