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A True Leader
For Our Entire Community!
Also in this issue:
The program that has
Mayor Foust exclaiming,
“Wonderful. Positive. It
Telephone calls, who was
there & more in “As I Was
A downtown business
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YOUR OPINION REQUESTED ON THE SALTWORKS
50/50 BALANCED APPROACH
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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
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!
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
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
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.”
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 (www.sustainablerc.com), 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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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!
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
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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
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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
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Eating and Catering:
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road
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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
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poached eggs with smoked ham on
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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
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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
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Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway – “Their chips and
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taco salads are so ginormous and tasty. But the true standout is the huevos
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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
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,”
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
Prospective cadets must pay a
nonrefundable $60 program registration fee
and also must obtain their own uniforms.
Financial assistance is available for those
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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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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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THROUGH THE YEARS
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
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
“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
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 (www.AdvocatesFC.org) 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
www.toastmasters.org 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 (www.citytrees.org) for a
listing of events and dates.
Family Service Agency of San
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,
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-
7271 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on
RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.
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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
www.redwoodcity.org. 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.
radioredwoodcity.com) 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
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
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
“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
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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 sequoiahsalumniassoc.org 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
email@example.com or visit the group’s
Web site at www.penpex.org. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the YES
Reading Web site at www.yesreading.org.
Editor’s note: If you are connected with a
nonprofit organization and want your information
printed in The Spectrum, send it to writers@
spectrummagazine.net or The Spectrum Magazine,
P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our
community know your contributions and maybe
they will want to join you.
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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
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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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
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,
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.
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 www.svos.org, and
free brochures can be picked up throughout the
Peninsula at newsstands, libraries, art stores and
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 www.svos.org/artist.php?id=1669.
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.
artistryinfashion.com or call 650-306-3370 for
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
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
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.
The Veterans Memorial
Senior Center, 1455
Madison Ave., Redwood
City, provides the following
activities that are open to
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
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!
Its Web site is at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
Apply for Mayor’s
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.
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
Program is an easy and fun way to
demonstrate neighborhood and civic
pride, and help to connect with the
community of Redwood City.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
We should not charge people to shop
and dine in our city.
One word to describe your life
What historical figure do you most
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.
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
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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