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Redwood City Gets Ready for “Family 4th”

The Chairman of PCA

Building a Float Festival Fun Parade Riding

Choices for the Future

50/50 balanced aPPROacH or cOntinued salt HaRvesting

1One Future Choice:

The 50/50 Balanced Approach

Would you prefer that the site be

converted to public use as part of the

50/50 Balanced Approach?

The 50/50 Balanced Approach calls for 50 percent of

the site to be set aside for open space, restored habitat

and recreational uses AND 50 percent of the site to be

used for a mixture of some development uses.

2The Alternative:


continue indefinitely on the privately owned

2.2 square mile Redwood City Saltworks site?

production since 1902. The site is the industrial portion of

The 50/50 Balanced Approach will:

open space and recreation facilities.

in Redwood City.

at the end of Seaport Blvd. to downtown Redwood City.

businesses who live and work on East Bayshore Road.

fixed income seniors.

Redwood City


Which Choice Do You Prefer?

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The Spectrum.JUNE.08

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Michael Erler

Contributing Writer

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above

As our community readies for Independence Day activities, we welcome you to another edition of The

Spectrum Magazine.

Our cover story this month is on an organization that has been active in our community for 70 years.

The Peninsula Celebration Association (PCA) has the responsibility of bringing us together each year to

celebrate our nation’s birthday and “Family Fourth.” As you will find out in the story by one of our newest

writers, Nicole Minieri, they are a community group that works hard with a limited number of volunteers.

But they do it so efficiently, we don’t notice.

Our business profile this month is on Norcal Waste Systems. Contributing writer Michael Erler has

researched the company’s history and brings you their past as well as where they are going in the future.

They are also great volunteers and contributors to our community. Who knew trash could be so interesting?

In publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying…,” he informs you of recent activity with the

November ballot initiative and the newly formed group to oppose it, and the “No More Jails in Redwood

City” efforts.

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

Amann, “Redwood City Through the Years,” information from the Redwood City School District, the

popular “A Minute With” and information on how you can get involved with one of our community’s

nonprofit groups.

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 take the

time to look over their ads this month and use their coupons and discounts.

Redwood City is the best place to be for the Fourth of July, and we hope you have a safe and sane holiday!

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

The People Speak – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

RCSD Corner – 7

Shop Redwood City – 8

“I’m Gonna Make Art” – 10

News Briefs – 13

Local Stories – 14

Redwood City Through the Years – 16

Family Fourth Celebrates Its 70th – 18

Nonprofits in Action – 21

Cultural Events – 22

Nonprofits in the News – 23

Norcal Waste Systems Cleans Up San Mateo – 26

Finance: Financial Independence Day – 32

Senior Activities – 32

Community Interest – 33

A Minute With Mary Mortenson – 34

The Spectrum

Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

Sometimes we just do not know until we arrive at our destination what is in store for a photo shoot, what

we hope to get from a cover subject or even how we want to project a certain organization.

That was the case this month at the shoot on Thursday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at the Peninsula Celebration

Association’s office on Brewster Avenue near Veterans Boulevard.

Publisher Steve Penna picked up cover story photographer James Kaspar at home and they drove to the

shoot together, which gave them an opportunity to discuss the possibilities before arriving. Penna had

arranged the shoot with Bill Anderson, who is the chairman of the Parade Committee but was not going

to be there because of a work conflict. Instead, the two met up with PCA members Donna Badella and

Vince Truscelli and PCA Chairman Bob Slesser.

As the shoot began, Slesser was asked to pose while working and showing different parade features.

The group then moved into the central meeting area, where all were working on arm bands and doing

computer work. The entire shoot took about 20 minutes.

Once the shoot was complete and the time to choose a cover shot came, it was decided that although

Slesser is a main component of the group, the cover should represent the entire organization and all the

activities offered. Hence the various photos you see.

As we see more and more in our own and other communities across the nation, nonprofit groups are

dwindling in numbers. The PCA, although strong in effort and accomplishments, does not have an

overabundance of volunteers. The group is small but mighty.

The PCA functions with the desire and goal of providing a “family” celebration for our community.

The work they do is not just a day commitment; it is countless hours and months of planning and

executing. This group should be commended and praised for what they give all of us.

It’s a fun-filled day of celebration and unity. All come together to honor our nation and, equally

important, the Redwood City community!

Kaspar captures PCA President Bob Slesser practicing for the parade.

Additional photo for the cover courtesy of Jerry Pierce.

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P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor

County manager rude?

Dear Editor,

I read in other newspapers and in “As I Was Saying” about the Redwood

City mayor, whose behavior when it comes to the issue surrounding the

possibility of a new jail has been irresponsible, unprofessional and quite

disturbing to say the least. The mayor is trying to stir up a controversy before

any plans or any site has been selected for a potential new jail. I am certain

that if it were any other project in her city she would withhold comment prior

to any planning application being applied for.

Then the kicker: She tries to pick a fight with the outgoing county manager

by stating that two fellow council members asked her, “Who the hell does

John Maltbie think he is?”

I am so shocked, dismayed and angered by this comment that to be quite

frank with you, I hope they build the jail and name it the Rosanne Foust

Rehabilitation Facility and find an appropriate place in Redwood City to

construct it. Mayor Foust states that the county manager sent her a letter that

was “rude,” and her comments are not?

When John Maltbie retires, he will leave a legacy that may never be

matched by any other county manager. His legacy is putting children first,

understanding the intricacies of the county budget to get the biggest bang for

our buck and a management style that measures program performance and

budgets to these performances. That is who the hell he is.

Michael S. Murray, San Mateo

Unanswered questions

Dear Editor,

The letter “Save The Bay should butt out” in the last Spectrum raises some

important questions about the land use initiative being circulated in Redwood

City. Unfortunately, it leaves these questions completely unanswered. If, as

the letter claims, the initiative is about Cargill’s saltworks property, then why

does it cover so many other properties in town? Why does it cover parks and

schools and churches? Why Docktown? Why does it extend to my family’s

private property? Either the initiative is about broad-based zoning decisions

at the ballot box or it’s misleading. And how can this initiative possibly result

in “complete restoration” of the saltworks?

It is private property, and Cargill can keep producing salt there as long

as it wants to. The initiative can’t change that. And why did its backers

— who, indeed, are big organizations from outside Redwood City — call

for establishing a minority veto over land use in the city charter, when

citizens of Redwood City already have a vote in land use decisions? It’s

called representative democracy, embodied in the City Council. But the most

disturbing aspect of the letter is the name-calling it contains. Clearly, there’s

a difference of opinion in Redwood City about this initiative. We can and

should debate the issues — but in the atmosphere of civility that we value in

Redwood City. Name-calling has no place in the discussion.

Rich Ferrari, Redwood City

Oppose the charter change, for good land use

Dear Editor,

Redwood City citizens, beware of contrary publicity. The proposed 50

percent restoration to natural tidal action and 50 percent for residential

use by the City of Redwood City is a “win-win” proposition. The bay gets

717 acres of restored tidelands at no cost to the government, and Redwood

City gets 716 acres of land needed for housing, parks and recreation areas.

There are almost 4,000 jobs in the adjacent Pacific Shores project and the

Seaport Center and no housing within miles. Because of housing costs and

availability, many workers live in the valley and commute by automobile to

the Peninsula. It is crucial to our environment to reduce traffic congestion

and air pollution and to have more housing closer to jobs.

The 716 acres for housing is the major issue in the campaign to revise the

city charter to require a two-thirds vote to change land use designation. This

change will cause unnecessary costs to the taxpayer and seriously restrict

the future of Redwood City. There are now over 40,000 acres of salt ponds

available for restoration plus thousands of acres of other land now being restored.

The 716 acres in controversy is only about one to two percent of the total

area now being restored to the bay. The 716 acres for housing will have

very little impact on the bay but could have a large effect on the future of

Redwood City. Redwood City citizens are urged to oppose the charter change

and support the proposed 50/50 restoration.

Robert J. Hoffman, Redwood City

Majority rule, not minority rule

Dear Editor,

Democracy means the majority decides — unless you’re the people who

wrote the land use initiative.

For them, it’s all about minority rule. When it comes to deciding how

land in the city should be used, the initiative takes the decision away from

the people the majority elected to do that job, and even from the majority of

voters. What it does is put a minority veto into the City Charter and give a small

group of elite residents the power to decide what happens to everyone’s city.

That’s not the democracy that I know nor is it the democracy our founding

fathers intended.

Heidi Sjolund, Redwood City

Who is trying to change our community?

Dear Editor,

If the ballot initiative sponsored by Save The Bay is so important to

Redwood City citizens, then you would think there would be residents

gathering signatures to put on it.

I experienced an individual who leapt at me in front of Safeway at Sequoia

Station, asking if I want to “save the bay” and stop development. I had a

fairly good idea what she was beginning to get at, but what I found was

a non–Redwood City resident who was getting paid per signature and, I

will add, had very little understanding of this very complex initiative. She

just kept badgering me to sign the petition. In addition to her not being a

Redwood City resident, getting paid to gather signatures and not knowing

about what she was asking us to sign, she also had a few noticeable violations

in the way she was gathering signatures.

I know the general public is smart enough to ask these questions first. Who

are the people asking for your signature? Are they our neighbors? Do they

have kids in our schools? Do they participate in community conversations?

Are they volunteering or getting paid? I know the residents of Redwood

City will ask these questions first. I know Redwood City residents will get

educated before signing or endorsing this initiative. We have worked long

and hard as a community; let’s not let outsiders decide what we should sign or

how to govern our town.

Dani Gasparini, Redwood City

Tell our community what you think!

Express your opinion by writing a “Letter to the Editor.” If you want to

comment on anything in our community, send your correspondence

to The Spectrum Magazine, Letter to the Editor, P.O. Box 862,

Redwood City, CA 94064, or Let your

voice be heard!

Who’s Your Favorite Public Servant?

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

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As I Was


Publisher | Steve Penna

Two women in our community have stepped

up and taken on the leadership of two very

different but equally controversial and important

issues facing residents. As I informed you last

month, a citizens group was formed called the

No Additional Jails in Redwood City Coalition

(NAJIRC). The group’s goal is to combat the

county’s location selection for a new jail and

to protect advancements in Redwood City in

regard to our downtown precise plan, housing

developments, marina, business in general and the

hundreds of thousands of dollars the city has already

invested in getting “positive and constructive”

projects completed in our community.

Planning Commissioner Nancy Radcliffe was

asked to head the group as chief coordinator (she

is being compensated financially for her time

and organizational skills) and has been active in

that role since mid-May. In a very short time, she

managed to pull together a community grassroots

group, gathered signatures (over 500 to date) and

publicized the issue. She has gotten some major

press and has even managed to unite groups

and people that normally do not work together

on issues (like city officials, developers and the

Friends of Redwood City group). All have rallied

around this cause, sending letters to county

officials and offering to do more if needed — a

victory in itself.

The combined efforts and support she pulled

together has resulted in the following. (1) A

major response came from County Manager

John Maltbie (not favorable to her or the group’s

efforts, which he called “highly inflammatory

and inaccurate”). (2) Mayor Rosanne Foust

challenged Maltbie’s use of power — “Who the

hell does he think he is?” was stated by more

than one councilmember. (3) A behind-thescenes

meeting took place between county and

city officials (which should have happened in

the beginning). (4) One of the proposed sites the

county was looking to purchase in the Marina

area of Redwood City was taken off the market by

the property owners — another victory. (5) Most

of all, awareness of how much responsibility our

community takes on in regard to rehabilitation

and helping those “less fortunate” compared to

other cities in San Mateo County was raised.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting

on June 17, Radcliffe spoke under the oral

communications section and was questioned

about the group and its structure. County officials

agreed to consider sites outside Redwood City

for a new jail and engage the public in a process

to decide the best location. Radcliffe and the

NAJIRC group will continue to monitor the

county’s location process, as will the city and City

Council. So we will be hearing a lot about this

issue in the months to come.


The second woman, Housing and Human

Concerns Committee member Cherlene Wright,

will be holding a press conference (by the time

you read this column, it will have occurred

— sometimes I hate it when I would have scooped

other publications but can’t due to my deadlines

and distribution) to announce that she will head

the Citizens to Protect Redwood City (CPRC).

According to her, CPRC is “a grassroots group

who care about Redwood City and oppose the

proposed city charter amendment because of the

negative effects it would have on our city.” This is

the same citizens group I informed you about last

month, which Jerry Pierce organized.

Wright goes on to state that “those attempting

to place this amendment on the November ballot

misnamed it the Open Space Vote” and that

“the proposed city charter amendment is bad for

Redwood City.”

She points to the following because the

amendment would have negative consequences

on our community. According to Wright, it would

(1) modify the city’s 79-year-old charter to allow

only one third of those voting to defeat the other

two thirds, (2) circumvent citizen involvement

and City Council decisions dealing with vacant

land, recreational land and bay restoration and (3)

force costly special elections for certain land use


She and her supporters feel “the proposed city

charter amendment is a bad approach to address

bay restoration. This amendment would also

affect the port, Docktown, certain recreational

fields, school playgrounds and vacant lands. It is

poorly written, vague and will place the city at

risk for lawsuits by property owners who disagree

with the language of the amendment. Projects will

be on hold until the outcome of the lawsuits,” she

also states.

Wright feels the main argument against the

proposed charter changes is that “the current

city process is based on public input, has checks

and balances, and gives residents the option to

bring developments to a vote.” In other words, the

process works, so let’s not change it. That process

was tested a few years back when the Marina Shores

project was rejected by voters after City Council

approval. She says that alone shows that “the

current system works. If it isn’t broken, why fix it?”

Early supporters of CPRC include Pierce,

Alex Wright, Jack and Raegene Castle, Kim

Woodhall, Keith Bautista, Marilyn Territo,

Cheryl Monroe, Richard and Susan Panelli,

former Mayor Brent Britschgi, Lou Covey,

Susan Swope, Joe Madley, JoAnn Kemist,

Mary Mortenson, Paul Stewart (who will serve

as the group’s treasurer), Roland Giannini and

Dave Karow.

This is Wright’s first real role as a leader of a

major committee or issue. This will undoubtedly

be quite possibly the biggest role she, or for that

matter anyone, will ever lead in our community.

Although she will not have the opportunity to

bring “opposites together” like Radcliffe has, she

will be able to show her organizational skills,

leadership and judgment in how the campaign

against the charter changes will move forward.

Although neither of these women has announced

intentions, it is no secret that both of them have

expressed a desire to serve on the City Council

one day. Given the opportunities that have been

laid before each of them now, our community will

have a rare opportunity to evaluate how both of

them conduct themselves while taking on such

high-profile issues. Whether you like or agree

with them, you have to take your hat off to them

for their efforts and desire to get involved.


Last month I made my annual election predictions

for the Tuesday, June 3, races, and I did pretty

well; I got seven of the nine races correct. In the

race for the office of judge of Superior Court No.

7, Don Franchi upset Jerry Nastari. I predicted

that Nastari would narrowly beat Franchi, but it

was the other way around. With the endorsements

and financial backing, it is hard to explain why

Nastari lost except for the fact that Franchi ran

his campaign as the underdog and fought harder.

Regardless, it is one of the most impressive wins

in recent political history.

Of course I got all the unopposed races correct:

Anna Eshoo, Joe Simitian, Ira Ruskin and

Adrienne Tissier were all overwhelmingly reelected.

In the contested races, Mark Church

and Rose Jacobs Gibson were both re-elected

as predicted. But what surprised me in the

Jacobs Gibson race was that her opponent, John

Bostic, was able to gather 31.41 percent of the

votes compared to her 68.59 percent. That is

phenomenal considering he did virtually no

campaigning and spent little money on the effort.

(continues on page 30)

RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Orion Named California Distinguished School

Students, staff, parents and local officials clapped and cheered as a new

California Distinguished School flag was raised on the flagpole at Orion

Alternative School on June 10. State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jack O’Connell presented the flag to Orion Principal Cathy Okubo earlier

in the month at a Disneyland ceremony honoring the 343 schools named as

California Distinguished Schools in 2008.

Orion was one of only nine schools in San Mateo County to receive the

honor, which recognizes schools the California Department of Education

(CDE) considers exemplary and inspiring. Schools undergo a rigorous

application process before being selected, and according to the CDE, the

process was more stringent in 2008 than ever before. To be considered for

the honor, a school must submit an extensive narrative application describing

its school environment and culture, educational approach, special programs,

student support, family and community partnerships, leadership approach and

professional development. The application is a collaborative approach that is

completed over many weeks by the principal, school site council, teachers,

parents and students.

Orion is recognized for its small learning community, its creative projectbased,

cooperative approach to academics and its high level of parent

participation. Parents contribute 10,000 volunteer hours a year teaching

art, music and gardening; driving on field trips; planning events and raising

money. Orion’s 179 students come from diverse backgrounds and are

selected through a lottery system available to all families who live within the

boundaries of the Redwood City School District. Orion is a school without

neighborhood boundaries, and all families who want their children to attend

the school select it and fill out an application for the lottery.

“We feel honored that the Department of Education recognized what a

special place Orion is,” said Okubo. “Our goal is to help develop children who

are confident in who they are, children who know they can learn and know

how to learn, and children who strive to achieve their best. We work hard to

make sure all students succeed!”

Okubo adds that because Orion is small, it functions very much like a

family. “The staff knows every family, sees the parents almost every day, and

interacts with them,” said Okubo. “Information flies quickly here, like it does

in a family. The community mobilizes the minute anyone thinks a student or

family needs help.”

As a result, Okubo explains, children feel happy and safe at Orion.

Academic time is differentiated to provide for a range of student abilities.

Children feel comfortable in their ability to reach grade-level academic goals

and challenge themselves to excel.

If you are interested in learning more about Orion Alternative School,

please contact Principal Cathy Okubo at 650-363-0611 or visit the school’s

Web site at

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Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping locally? Check out our Best of the Best selections

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Auto Care:

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

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

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

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

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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

when I need to re-tire again!”

Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road

– You will find everything at this

Redwood City favorite. Nestled in

the quiet neighborhood of Emerald

Hills, Canyon Inn is a popular stop

for bicycle touring clubs and local

sports celebrities. The restaurant is

especially noted for its burgers and

beers, but it also offers hot and cold

sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips,

spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, tacos and


Diving Pelican Cafe – 650 Bair Island

Road, Suite 102 – “Sit on the patio

overlooking the water to see all sorts

of waterfowl. My favorite item is

the Mediterranean salad. A great

breakfast is the Eggs Bennett:

freshly made Hollandaise sauce over

two poached eggs with smoked ham

on whole-wheat English muffins.

This is truly a very comfortable, laidback,

warm and friendly place to enjoy

a meal.”

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. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad

restaurants. There are okay restaurants. Then there are those places, the

magic ones, those extra-special kinds that have an intangible special something,

a convergence of food, personality and vibe that can never be created or forced;

it just happens because it does, and you always come back again and again

because the food doesn’t just taste good and satisfy hunger, but helps heal

the heart and soul. Manoj Chopra’s Little India is one of those places. I’ve

tried a number of other Indian restaurants in the area, and some are better

than others, but this place has The Vibe. Go. Eat. Be happy.” Senior citizens

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

because you will want to try everything!

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway – “Their chips and

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

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

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

a special to Spectrum readers, they offer 2-for-1 margaritas during Happy

Hour. Just mention you saw this and enjoy your beverages!

Financial Institutions:

Business Profile of the Month

American Coast Mortgage – Whether you need to

purchase property, refinance or obtain a home equity

loan, for over 25 years owner Paul Sanfilipo has been

helping thousands do just that.

Because American Coast Mortgage submits a

completed processed package, the lender’s fees are

discounted, meaning no extra charge to the borrower.

Sanfilipo works with a nationwide lender network. He

is a registered mortgage underwriter, a certified review

appraiser, a notary and much more.

Call now for your complimentary mortgage

consultation at 650-365-2144.

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

believed in building relationships through face-to-face interaction and

adherence to a strategy of recommending quality investments that have

proven themselves over time. So does investment representative David

Amann, who manages their

Redwood City office and will help

you reach your financial goals.

Personal Improvement:

Every Woman Health Club – 611

Jefferson Ave. – A women-only,

body-positive fitness center in

downtown Redwood City. Services

include a variety of classes plus

plenty of weight and cardio

equipment. Additional services

include functionality assessments,

personal training, therapeutic

massage and skin care services.

One of the best things about the

club is their flexibility in pricing,

with several options available for

members and nonmembers alike.

At Every Woman Health Club, they

want every woman to feel strong

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Redwood Massage & Sauna – 797

Arguello St. – This professional

facility prides itself on having

exceptionally talented massage therapists, trained in a variety of specialized

techniques to improve your circulation, mental clarity and creativity as

well as optimize your overall physical health. Your experience at Redwood

Massage & Sauna will enhance your health and well-being naturally amid

clean, comfortable and serene surroundings.

Re:Juvenate Skin Care – 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 – Together, owners

Sherna Madan, M.D., and Linda S. Moore, R.N., have more than 50 years

in the health care industry and over 10 years in the field of aesthetics.

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

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

complimentary consultation with a member of the aesthetic staff. Call 650-

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Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis Carpet

Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to an office/warehouse

of six employees and five working vans. The Lewis family works and lives in

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“I’m Gonna Make Art!”

The Vision and Moxie of Karen Chew

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

“I decided that, no

matter what, I’m gonna

paint, I’m gonna make art.”

Karen Chew recalled an epiphany on her journey

into art that came about in 1997, when she

attended a 10-day artists’ workshop in Italy. “It

was pivotal, spiritual,” she said. “I was drawing,

putting down color, and everything really clicked.

“I love the process of making art. It’s not

pretty all the time, but when I’m in the zone, it’s

great.” Her work is abstract and mixed media, and

has been on display at the County Government

Center. Go online to her new Web site (web.mac.

com/KarenChew1/Karen_Chew_Studio) or log on

to for more of her work.

But art and architecture almost didn’t happen.

The San Mateo native and Redwood City resident

arrived for her first quarter at UC Berkeley

thinking big and ready to begin pre-med studies.

“I wanted to be a doctor,” she recalled. By the

end of the quarter, Chew realized that a pre-med

major was “a very bad idea!”

Telling her parents that she was shifting to

architecture/environmental design was “easier

than telling them I wanted to go into art.” So the

shift was made, the degree earned, and Redwood

City’s gain was the medical profession’s loss.

Chew worked with a local architect for seven

years, then she came to City Hall in Redwood

City, where she was a building inspector/code

enforcement officer for another seven years. If

you wondered how city staff got organized for

the move out of the old City Hall to the old police

station, just ask Chew. She did the layout plans

that helped squeeze everyone into a very old,

small building.

Chew took on volunteer work, spending many

a holiday season immersed in making the annual

city toy drive bigger and better. She volunteered

at Garfield Charter School and spent time

this past school year working with students at

Roosevelt School.

“Right brain studies show art adds diversity

to one’s well-being,” she told me. “Art allows

the right brain to develop, to create. It’s really

important for kids and adults to let creative

expression come through.

“I may have but five minutes with a kid, but I

will let that kid know that I want the best for them

and that I love them,” she said. “Art for kids is

critical; it allows kids to open up.

“Whenever I’ve hosted adult drawing classes,”

she continued, “it never fails that the process

unveils the past. The people who tell me that they

can’t draw are usually the ones who either haven’t

tried or they haven’t found the right teacher.”

After one particular class, a man in his early

30s came up to Chew, in tears. For the first time,

she explained, he had been validated for his

drawing skills and his talent. “His renderings

were wonderful and emotional, a true reflection

of who he was as a person and spirit,” Chew said.

“As a young boy, a teacher had hurt his feelings,

telling him that he couldn’t draw or create. Those

harmful words were very damaging throughout

his growing and adult years.”

Now with her own business, Karen Chew

Designs and Studio, building design is 90 percent

of Chew’s work. She currently handles mostly

residential and light commercial projects for

clients in the general San Mateo County area.

This work includes additions, kitchen and bath

remodels and alterations. “I have the best clients

in the world!” she told me. One of her projects

won a Mayor’s Beautification Award last year.

In addition, Chew is creating a resource Web

site for homeowners to assist them with their

home construction projects. “For 10 years, I

taught remodeling and design workshops through

CSM’s community education program,” she

said. “It was a privilege to help homeowners

understand a bit more about the design process,

working with the planning and building

departments and the construction/contractor


As a member of the San Mateo County Arts

Commission, Chew is “looking for forward

motion and action. I want an action plan and

projects.” Among the commission’s ideas and


“Art Depot” – a nonprofit that accepts and

redistributes/sells recycled items donated from

commercial, industrial, private and other entities

with proceeds going back to the schools’ arts in

education fund. “Our schools are in deep need

of school and arts supplies and there are ways of

creating a resource for our teachers and children.

Artists and crafters can also use the art depot to

shop for these unusual materials as well.”

Symposium – “We’re looking to update our files

and brains with the latest art happenings in each

city in the county — what each city is doing, how

they’re doing it, what they need, etc.” – “Art lovers, art-related

The main point is that

being green means a

change of lifestyle,” Chew

said. “We can do things

at home to make our

contribution. Our business

and tech world can lead the

way with innovation while

creating jobs and stability

to our income streams.

organizations, schools and nonprofits need to

know that we have a special San Mateo County

link on this Web site. It’s a free service, so an

artist or group can upload their information,

JPG files, etc., and advertise their performances,

opening receptions and other pertinent


But there’s more, and it’s all wrapped up in her

mantra, “Think big or go home!”

Chew foresees a “countywide cultural arts

celebration, an annual event encompassing

music, art and cuisine that honors and celebrates

the variety of cultures of people who live in

our county.” This event would lead to a county

cultural arts and tech museum, “a museum that

features cultural and ethnic arts not only of our

county’s inhabitants but also globally as well.

We can use the genius of the tech world to create

an archival data system that digitally records

cultural traditions, artistic processes, interviews,

performances, lectures and thinking green.

The main point is that being green means

a change of lifestyle,” Chew said. “We can do

things at home to make our contribution. Our

business and tech world can lead the way with

innovation while creating jobs and stability to our

income streams.

“We should be leaders,” she continued. “For

example, we can create and energize the port area

for green transportation — create bay routes,

ferries that run on environmentally-conscious

fuels, bike paths, bus/shuttle routes to Caltrain

and car pool connections.”

She also believes we can “create a green and

cozier version of something like Jack London

Square, emphasizing family, community events

and night life while meeting green standards.

We can make our port a destination place for

Redwood City and San Mateo County.

Redwood City, through service, example and

a side of moxie, can be an excellent leader for

other cities and towns in our county and even the

country,” Chew said. “There’s much to be gained,

emotionally and spiritually, by seeking and

taking action toward visions and goals that are

bigger than ourselves. We’ll have the satisfaction

that we did the right thing for our families, our

kids and the future. We can give to ourselves

yet generously give back to this land we are

borrowing from our children.”

Want to think big? Contact Karen Chew at

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Man Accused of Driving

During Fatal Crash Pleaded

Not Guilty

A 19-year-old man accused of

driving during a high-speed crash

that took the life of his lifelong

friend wept as he pleaded not

guilty in San Mateo County

Superior Court to charges of

vehicular manslaughter.

Keith Knudsen stood in orange jail garb as he

pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter. He

is charged with driving under the influence when

he crashed his parents’ black BMW into a tree,

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Just before 11:30 p.m. that night, county

dispatchers received reports of “the sound of a

large crash” in the 800 block of Portola Road,

the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Upon arrival, deputies found the car wrapped

around a tree.

Knudsen was taken to a local hospital with

multiple fractures and other trauma.

The passenger, Robert Wetzel, of Redwood

City, was pronounced dead at the scene of the

accident, San Mateo County Coroner Robert

Foucrault said.

Knudsen apparently told police that he had

consumed a 40-ounce bottle of Olde English

malt liquor and “shouldn’t have been driving,”

Wagstaffe said. His blood alcohol level at the time

of the crash was 0.17.

Knudsen was out on bail for a robbery charge

at the time of the crash, Wagstaffe said. He

will return to court July 7 to set a date for a

preliminary hearing.

Jail, Probation for False


A 46-year-old parolee who pleaded

no contest to holding a 17-yearold

runaway against her will in a

Redwood City motel room was

sentenced to 10 months in jail

followed by three years supervised


Jerome Sephers changed his plea in return for

no more than that term and prosecutors dropping

attempted sexual assault charges. The negotiated

plea also spared him a possible third-strike

conviction and mandatory sentence of 25-yearsto-life

in prison.

Sephers allegedly met the teenage girl, a

runaway from San Bernardino, in Redwood City

while she was trying to buy drugs. She reportedly

went to his motel room and he gave her beer. The

girl told police he announced his intent to rape her

but she was able to flee the room after passersby

saw her struggling and heard her screaming.

Prior to his arrest, Sephers had a 1990 conviction

for forcible rape and a 1982 conviction for

shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

Sephers receives credit for 307 days against his

jail term accumulated while in custody in lieu of

$150,000 bail.

Fatal Bar Shooter Takes Deal

Prosecutors who long fought to try

together the two men accused of

a 2006 Redwood City bar shootout

that left three people dead

let one defendant settle his case,

pleading no contest to voluntary

manslaughter in return for 21 years

in prison.

The negotiated plea deal spares Domingo

Naranjo, 20, a jury trial whose outcome could

have sent him to prison for life and leaves codefendant

Rolando Fernandez, 28, alone at the

defense table.

“We came across some new evidence that we

likely would not have been able to use if we kept

Mr. Naranjo in the case,” said prosecutor Al Giannini.

Giannini declined to detail the evidence or

explain why Naranjo’s presence would keep it

from a jury.

Defense attorney Peter Goldscheider did not

return a call for comment about his client’s disposition.

Naranjo formally accepted the prosecution’s

offer and will receive a 21-year sentence July 17

on one count of voluntary manslaughter plus the

allegation of using a firearm. He must serve 85

percent before being eligible for parole.

“We believe it is a fair deal for Mr. Naranjo,”

Giannini said.

The deal does not require Naranjo to testify

against Fernandez.

The settlement comes just as jury selection in

the pair’s murder trial is set to enter the hardship

phase. The separation may shorten Fernandez’s

trial but will otherwise mimic the case prepared

for both aside from the new evidence, Giannini said.

Fernandez remains charged with multiple

counts of murder and gun use in the April 15,

2006, gun battle at 895 Second Ave., which killed

an 18-year-old celebrating his birthday and two

others, and left three more injured.

Fernandez maintains his innocence and

declined to accept a plea deal, said Chief Deputy

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Interestingly, even though Naranjo was able to

settle his case, authorities originally considered

him more culpable in the crimes.

When first arrested, only Fernandez faced a

capital trial because he was charged with multiple

murders. Naranjo, who was shot in the neck by

Fernandez, was initially only charged with one

count of murder, while Fernandez was charged

with three counts of murder and three counts of

attempted murder.

After a criminal indictment, Naranjo was

charged for the murders of Jesus Hernandez,

28, Humberto Calderon Jr., 18, and Ignacio

Villalobos-Mendez, 38; assault with a deadly

weapon for allegedly shooting Camillo Serrano

and the special allegation of personally using a

firearm in the deaths of the last two. Fernandez

is charged with the murders of Hernandez and

Calderon and the personal use of a firearm.

The prosecution claimed Naranjo is responsible

for two more murders because he reportedly

began the melee in which the three died. The grand

jury did not indict Fernandez for shooting Naranjo

because it allegedly appeared to be self-defense.

Motive in the shooting remains hazy, but the

prosecution contends it started after two men had an

argument and one called his friends for backup.

Both defendants fled the scene and police

stopped a blood-spattered Fernandez for

questioning. After being released, Fernandez

allegedly crashed his car twice and was arrested

on suspicion of driving while under the influence.

Police connected him to the shooting during his

booking process on the driving charge.

The charges lodged against Naranjo and

Fernandez made each eligible for the death

penalty if convicted. However, in fall 2006,

District Attorney Jim Fox opted against capital

punishment, citing mitigating circumstances such

as the defendants’ age and lack of prior records.

Both Naranjo and Fernandez remain in custody

on no-bail status.

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Local Stories: Museum Recording Local Stories for All to Share

Nine-year-old Lourdes Moreida’s family came

to America from Mexico, she explained to

Mitch Postel, president of the San Mateo County

Historical Association.

With that information, Postel stepped over to an

interactive kiosk with a map of the world. Colored

pins on the map mark various places. Each pin

represents a story filmed by someone sitting at

that very location. One click and Moreida was

able to watch a story of one person’s recollection

of the family immigrating to America.

The kiosk was launched last month as part

of the museum’s bigger exhibit “Land of

Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San

Mateo County,” which opened in 2006. It focuses

on the largest groups of immigrants who came

to the county, including Chinese, Irish, Italian,

Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino and Mexican. At

the time, the interactive storytelling was an idea

that could not be funded, Postel said.

Since then, funding was secured from the

Christensen Family Foundation and a company

was contacted with the ability to turn the

interactive idea into a reality.

The idea is simple. A flat screen sits before

visitors with a map of the world and various pins

of four different colors. Each pin color denotes a

different kind of story: green means leaving home,

red is for making a place, blue is for maintaining

culture and yellow represents discrimination.

Marketing Coordinator Diane Rummel sat

down to demonstrate how easy the program is

to use. Visitors are first given the option to hear

stories or record their own. Hearing a story

simply requires clicking on the pin. Recording a

Lourdes Moreida, 9, listens to personal stories recorded in the San Mateo County History Museum immigrant exhibit.

story has a few additional steps.

She must choose what type of story she would

like to tell. Each color pin is represented and

the definition is given in a number of different

languages. Rolling over a topic gives a number

of prompts for possible story considerations such

as why the family moved or what traditions the

family still celebrates.

A camera is positioned near the top right corner

of the screen. A three-second countdown pops up

prior to filming. Each person is given one minute

for the story. Once the recording is accepted, it

must be approved by staff before going live. Then

the story becomes part of the exhibit documenting

local immigrant experiences.

Currently, only a handful of personal stories are

on display. Postel is hopeful that will change as

word gets out about the exhibit.

The hands-on portion of the exhibit is the

first of two planned at the museum. Later this

summer, a second storytelling feature, about local

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Geraldine Cooley Frisbie

By Molly Spore-Alhadef, Librarian, Local History and Archives Collections, Redwood City Public Library

Geraldine Cooley Frisby.

A house that was in the Town of Ravenswood.

Geraldine Sutton was

born in New York in either

1846 or 1847 and came to

California as a small child

with an uncle who was

a forty-niner who would

become the president of

the Pacific Bank.

Geraldine’s first husband was

Lester Cooley, variously described

as a mining engineer who made

money in gold prospecting and as a

dairyman. The Cooleys settled near

San Francisco, and their first son,

William, was born in 1867.

The following year, Lester

Cooley bought Joshua Leavitt’s

Ravenswood rancho property.

Ravenswood had begun as a real

estate speculation in the 1850s with

the hope that the railroad would

cross the bay and have its terminus

there. Leavitt’s rancho had been

described in a newspaper article in

1867 as containing “the best field

of wheat that California or any

other country ever produced.” The

San Mateo County Gazette also

predicted that the yield from the 250

acres of wheat would be “at least

60 bushels per acre, but probably

more,” a remarkable yield in the pre–

chemical fertilizer era of farming

and definitely an attraction to the

Cooley family’s farm and dairy


Lester Cooley left his name on the

landscape by installing, improving

and then naming Cooley’s Landing

to ship both his produce and the

products of the nearby brick factory,

which went to the construction of

the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Once the hotel was completed,

however, the need for large amounts

of bricks was gone, and the brick

factory closed.

Lester Cooley died after surgery

to remove a four-pound cancerous

tumor in 1882, leaving Geraldine

and three sons.

In November 1883, Geraldine

married the widowed and

politically well-connected Will

Frisbie of Redwood City. The

Times and Gazette carried three

articles over two editions about

the wedding, noting that Will, the

popular postmaster of Redwood

City, intended to take his bride on

a monthlong rail journey through

Southern California following a

reception at the Palace Hotel in San


Fifteen years older than Geraldine,

Will had been born in Connecticut

and moved as a young man to

Racine, Wis., where he worked as

a pharmacist. When the Civil War

call-up of 1862 came, Will enlisted

and was eventually commissioned

a lieutenant. He served as secretary

to Gen. Charles Devins (variously

Devens), who was a commander in

Sheridan’s cavalry and the Army of

the Potomac, and thus saw some of

the most legendary and hard-fought

encounters of the Civil War.

After the war, Will Frisbie came

west, eventually settling in Redwood

City as a pharmacist in the early

1870s. He was appointed postmaster

in 1873 and also served as coroner

and public administrator, which is

some indication of the trust and

esteem in which he was held.

As the members of the Union

Army made their slow way home

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Redwood City’s

Family Fourth


Its 70th

By Nicole Minieri, Special to The Spectrum

Once again, thousands of people will

come to downtown Redwood City to join

in the traditional Fourth of July festivities:

the early-morning parade, the all-day

activities and the evening’s extravagant

fireworks display. Most people do not

know that it’s the Peninsula Celebration

Association (PCA) that makes this yearly

gala event possible, and this year the

historic organization celebrates a milestone

anniversary of 70 years.

The Peninsula Celebration Association originated in 1939 when

car dealer Ole Oleson, butcher Walt Maloney and real estate agent

Charles Holt brainstormed an event to keep Redwood City residents

from traveling out of town on the Fourth of July. “At that time, they

were involved with a rodeo, which was located where the current

Mervyn’s shopping plaza is. The rodeo was the big Fourth of July

event back then. But they felt that it was a great venue for other

attractions too and decided to take advantage of it. The parade and

carnival were created and became a reoccurring part of the July

Fourth activities,” said Bob Slesser, president of the PCA board of

directors. When the rodeo group dissipated, the people working

behind the scenes of the Fourth of July activities and parade

remained. “There was a group of people that strongly believed

they needed to keep all of the activities alive, mainly because the

Redwood City community had gotten very used to it. This was

the beginning of what is now known as the Peninsula Celebration

Association,” explained Slesser.

The PCA morphed through many stages, leading to a vital

reorganization in 1946 under the association presidency of Francis

Britschgi. A set of volunteer officials and a board of directors,

consisting of representatives from local community organizations,

were appointed. Through the years, many prominent individuals

from Redwood City have served on the board of directors for the

association. “The board went through a series of changes because

things around them were constantly changing,” said Slesser. The

PCA acquired the property where the festivities were held and, in the

mid-60s, agreed to sell the land due to the expansion of commercial

and industrial developments. As a result of intelligent investments

by the PCA Foundation board, sufficient interest income is still being

generated. The interest proceeds are put in a private endowment fund

and then managed by the foundation board. Thus far, the endowment

fund continues to assist in financing the parade, festival and fireworks

show. Local businesses, such as Redwood City Dodge, Graniterock

and T & H Lumber, contribute money and materials for all scheduled

events. The City of Redwood City, San Mateo County and the Port of

Redwood City also take part in sponsoring and providing outstanding

support to the PCA throughout the yearly planning process and on

the celebrated calendar day.

Throughout the years, the schedule of activities has remained the

same. The day kicks off with an early-morning parade that attracts

thousands of spectators. “If you drive by downtown Redwood City in

the afternoon of July 3, you can already see lawn chairs and blankets

along the parade route,” said Slesser. “Families go back to the same

spot every year. It is kind of a tradition for them.” This year’s special

70th anniversary parade will consist of 158 confirmed units with

approximately 2,000 participants and support personnel. “Sadly, we

are seeing a rapid decline in parade units from the schools due to

drastic financial cutbacks to performing arts and music programs,”

explained Slesser. Parade participants include floats, dance troupes,

acrobatic groups, musicians, school bands, horse units, military, Miss

California and political dignitaries. “Because this is an invitational

parade, cash prizes are given to the winners,” said Slesser.

“Receiving prize money gives parade contestants the opportunity to

increase their revenue by participating.”

The Fourth of July festival starts at 9 a.m. and continues throughout

the day until 5 p.m. In addition to its food and merchandise booths,

arts and crafts, activities for kids, expanded car show and live

entertainment for thousands of patrons to enjoy, the festival serves

The safest place to launch

such a class of fireworks is

over water. We get those

shells up about 800 feet

into the air so the firework

display can be seen past

Foster City, Menlo Park and

as far up as the Foothills.”

Top: The PCA parade board takes a quick break for a photo. Above: Vince Truscelli, Donna Badella and Slesser discuss armbands.

as a viable, profitable avenue for the Redwood City community. In

fact, the festival was originally designed to give community service

groups the opportunity to raise funds. According to Slesser, having

fundraisers is an excellent way to make the Fourth of July festival

celebration increase in population and serves as an instrumental tool

in attracting prospective members to community service groups. “For

most of the community service groups that participate, the festival

is the biggest fundraiser, where a majority of their operating income

comes from. The give-back to the community is the overall benefit

from the Fourth of July operation, which is well over $40,000 per year.

And it all goes right back into the local community,” said Slesser.

The final feature of the day is the multihued fireworks display, which

starts at 9:30 p.m. and is considered to be the best in the West.

Because Redwood City does not currently have a single location that

can accommodate a very large crowd, the fireworks are launched off

a barge out of the Port of Redwood City. “The barge is quite large

and comes in exclusively from San Francisco,” said Slesser. “The

safest place to launch such a class of fireworks is over water. We get

those shells up about 800 feet into the air so the firework display can

be seen past Foster City, Menlo Park and as far up as the Foothills.”

This jam-packed celebration, which has now taken on the

catchphrase of “Family Fourth,” would not continue to function

successfully and operate so smoothly without the stream of

dedicated volunteers who perform diverse tasks year-round. “Our

volunteers work extremely hard, yet none of them will take credit for

the work that they are so committed in doing. The volunteers come

from all over and are constantly looking at ways to give back to the

community,” said Slesser. “The association has volunteers that even

have moved out of the Redwood City area and still come back into

town a couple of days before the Fourth to help out as needed. When

it comes to volunteers, we are a very fortunate organization. All of us

get a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment when we see

thousands of people come to Redwood City for the day and go home

saying what a great time they had.

Slesser, who has been a volunteer for the PCA since 1986, plays

an integral part in the overall success of putting on this celebrated

neighborhood multiblock party for 30,000 to 50,000 people. With an

extensive background as an events coordinator, Slesser got involved

with the historic group through an informal barter agreement. “I went

to the Peninsula Celebration Association for assistance while I was

working on an outside project. They helped me, and I agreed to come

back on the Fourth of July to help them and have been doing so ever

since,” he said enthusiastically. “I keep volunteering because I enjoy

doing things for the community.” Slesser is also delighted to pass

the historic legacy on to the next generation of volunteers. “I’m very

encouraged by some of the new people that have come to join with

us. They have grasped technology and have helped bring advanced

technology to the organization,” he said. The new volunteer workers

shadow some of the more experienced volunteers. “We are teaching

them how an entertainment event gets put together,” said Slesser.

Since their pioneering days of promoting Independence Day 70

years ago, the Peninsula Celebration Association has matured into

a thriving, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that feeds off the

enjoyment of thousands of others. “At the end of the Fourth of July

celebration, you stand there and look at all of the happy faces. In your

mind, you say it’s finally over, I’m tired, but I’m ready to do it all over

again next year. This is what we are all about and why we work so

hard year-round,” said Slesser. “And sometimes we even get a pizza!”

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Chamber of Commerce June

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Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: The Service League, 727

Middlefield Road, Redwood City

The Peninsula Celebration Association presents its 70th annual

Independence Day parade starting at 10 a.m. in Redwood City on

July 4. This year’s theme is “Seventy Years of Pageantry.” The event

will feature decorated floats, local performing groups, marching

bands, horses, military groups and an official Laguna Seca pace car.

In addition to the annual parade, the PCA also sponsors the Arts and

Crafts Festival along Middlefield Road between Veterans Boulevard

and Marshall Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will include

over 60 select craft vendors, food and beverage booths that support

local nonprofit community service organizations, and the “battle of

the bands” with the Stanford and UC Davis bands performing at 1:30

p.m. The main stage will host the Danny Hanson Band from 10:30 to

1:30 and the Marshall Law band from 2 to 5 p.m. The children’s area

stage will feature magician Phil Ackerly at 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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Car Show

The PCA will close out this year’s event with a high aerial fireworks

display launched from the Port of Redwood City starting at 9:30 p.m.

This show can be seen from many locations along the mid-Peninsula.

In conjunction with the PCA activities, other July Fourth community

events will include the Redwood City Fire Department’s annual

pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the downtown fire

station on Marshall Street, the Redwood City Parks, Recreation,

and Community Services Department’s annual pre-parade “Fun

Run” starting at 9 a.m. and the classic car show on Broadway at the

Courthouse Square from 8 to 4.

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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

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

a lasting difference in the life of an abused and

neglected child.

Each year, 600 to 800 San Mateo County

children enter the foster care system as a result of

abuse and neglect. Advocates for Children, CASA

of San Mateo County, is actively seeking caring

and consistent adults to mentor and speak up

for the best interests of these children. Over 130

children are waiting for someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer

advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend

an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit

their Web site ( or call

650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

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

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

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

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

the Toastmasters public speaking program.


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public

Works Department to enhance and care for

Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant

or prune on the third Saturday of each month.

Check their Web site ( for a

listing of events and dates.

Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled,

reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55

years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic

and the commitment to quality that mature

workers possess. There are no fees for hiring

candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-

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

For those who are looking for work and are

at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency

provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified

participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-

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

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,

watch baseball games or just have fun? Then you

have what it takes to be a mentor!

As a mentor, you can hang out with a young

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

loves pizza, baseball and cars. He lives with his

grandmother and three sisters and would love to

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

boys like Reggie waiting to be matched with a

mentor like you. Most of the boys wait more than

a year to meet their mentors.

As a mentor with Friends for Youth, you will

have access to group activities like bowling,

miniature golf and camping trips, plus free tickets

to Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Sharks games and

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

difference in the life of someone like Reggie.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

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

Hearing Loss Association of the


Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-of-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The

nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

is devoted to the welfare and interests of those

who cannot hear well but are committed to

participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of

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

Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational

speakers and refreshments are provided. A

demonstration of assistive devices is held on the

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

second-floor conference room at the Redwood City

Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Please

call Marj at 650-593-6760 with any questions.

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

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. The

shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into

low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free

“fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides

a free animal behavior help line in English and

Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786.

And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave

their abusive situation but are fearful of doing

so because they have pets can receive temporary

sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call

650-340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

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

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

to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

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

22 members, has frequently been honored as an

outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,

which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and

part of Marin counties. For more information or

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

Redwood City Education


The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated

to providing students in the Redwood City

School District with a strong education that lays

the foundation for future success. They raise

private money to provide enrichment programs

to all students in the district. Their funding is

focused on academic achievement, music and

art, and health and wellness. They are currently

seeking new board members. Board members

are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating

in fundraising and outreach activities, and

promoting RCEF in the community. If you are

interested in the possibility of serving on the

board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-

7271 or For more information on

RCEF, check out

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

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The Spectrum 21

Cultural Events

Music on the Square + Art on the Square

Courthouse Square

in downtown Redwood City

2200 Broadway

Fridays, 6–8 p.m.

Come enjoy 18 wonderful shows not to be missed.

With top-quality local and national musical

performers — from rock, blues, salsa and swing

to Latin, Celtic, folk and country — music fans of

all ages will discover the wow in downtown with

our free summer concert series, now through the

beginning of October!

Along with Music on the Square, Art on the

Square joins in the mix beginning June 20 with

artists’ exhibits to complement your musical


July 11 – Zoostation (U2 tribute)

July 18 – Madison Blues Band (blues) + Art

on the Square

July 19 – Redwood City PAL Blues Festival

July 25 – Handful of Luvin (Seattle folk rock)

Aug. 1 – The New Morty Show (big band) +

Art on the Square

Sept. 19 – La Ventana + Art on the Square

Sept. 20 – Redwood City Salsa Festival

Visit for more


The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City


Wednesday–Friday 11–4,

Saturday–Sunday 10–3, and by


Nancy and Robert Terrebonne of Foster City will

present their latest works in a collaborative show

at The Main Gallery running from July 2 to Aug. 3.

Photographer Robert Terrebonne has a passion

for all things “nature” and this show, “A Garden

of Wonder,” promises a rainbow of colors.

Mixed media artist Nancy Terrebonne has

subtle touch. Her favorite subjects are plants and

fanciful animals as evidenced in this show, titled

“A Sea of Dreams.”

There will be a reception for the artists on

Sunday, July 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Also on exhibit during the show will be metal

sculptures by Redwood City artist Tom de Hoog.

Nancy Terrebonne creates mixed media

paintings and collages by using watercolor (to

which she adds ink, colored pencil, acrylic and/or

pastels) on various surfaces, including wrinkled

Japanese masa paper, hand-dyed tissues and

newsprint, and a nonabsorbent synthetic paper

called Tyvek. She especially enjoys painting fish,

coral, other animals and flowers.

Nancy has been an active member of the art

community in California and Hawaii for nearly

25 years. She has exhibited and won awards for

her artworks in many different venues, and she

continues to enrich her art and her life by taking

workshops and by painting regularly with friends.

Currently she exhibits and sells her art at The

Main Gallery and at Maui Hands in Hawaii.

Robert Terrebonne has been photographing

gardens and other natural areas in California

and Hawaii for many years. He has won many

awards and exhibited in juried shows in both

Maui and the Bay Area. Like most photographers

today, he works in a digital format from camera

to computer to printer. Currently his work is on

exhibit at The Main Gallery.

Artistry in Fashion

Professional Designer Sale

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

Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. at

Highway 280, Redwood City

A fun, inspiring event where you meet

professional designers and browse through an

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

clothing, hats, handbags, jewelry and more. Now

in its 17th year, the event benefits students with

scholarships and serves as a learning experience

in event planning and marketing. Refreshments

are available for sale throughout the day. Free

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

more information.

San Mateo County History Museum

777 Hamilton St., Redwood City


Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$2–$4; free for children 5 and under

The museum is located in the Old Courthouse

with its historic dome. Collections include horsedrawn

carriages, models, railroads from Caltrans

and the Ocean Shore Railroad, relics from San

Mateo’s past and lithographic art dating from 1875.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Grand Rotunda is the architectural highlight

of the restored 1910 building. Its stained glass

dome is reported to be the largest on the Pacific

Coast in a public building.

Courtroom A, restored to its 1910 appearance,

features a stained-glass ceiling and is the oldest

courtroom in San Mateo County.

Living the California Dream is an object art

theater exploring the development of the suburban

lifestyle on the Peninsula. Sit down and enjoy the show.

Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience

in San Mateo County features the cultural groups

that formed the county, including the Irish,

Filipino, Portuguese, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese

and Italian.

San Mateo County History Makers: Entrepreneurs

Who Changed the World follows a timeline of

innovation in business and industry with “touchand-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 others.

Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement is the

theme of the Atkinson Meeting Room, including

a display of the Walter Moore Law Enforcement

Collection of historic badges.

Changing Exhibits

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 (through 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 (through 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.

Nonprofits in the News

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

At the recent Loma Prieta District Convention

of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs,

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club was honored with

the following awards in the “Medium Club”


First Place: Membership, International Affairs,

Public Relations, Safety, Education – Lifelong

Learning, Conservation – Resource Conservation,

Arts in the Community

Honorable Mention: Home Life – Women’s

Health, Public Affairs – Citizenship, Fundraising

Certificate of Appreciation: Northern California

Youth Leadership

In May, at the California Federation of Women’s

Clubs State Convention, Peninsula Hills Women’s

Club received the following awards.

First Place: International Affairs and Education

Department – Lifelong Learning

These awards recognize outreach to the

community and to the world by Peninsula

Hills Women’s Club through their efforts in

supporting Heifer International, Habitat for

Humanity, Pennies for Pines, Edison Clinic

and the Mexican Migrant Camp, among other

projects. Club members host a Thanksgiving

dinner each year for seniors and members of the

community. Members and “friends” have knitted

and distributed over 350 baby hats to children

in Mexico, Nepal, Africa and the United States.

Midwife kits were assembled and distributed

through Lutheran World Relief.

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 (excluding July and August) at 7 p.m. For

additional information, please contact PHWC,

P.O. Box 1394, Redwood City, CA 94064. Or

join them at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Community

Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave.,

Redwood City, CA.

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Nonprofits in Action: Continued

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, visit the group’s

Web site at

Sequoia High School Alumni


The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each

month at the Sequoia District Board Room, 480

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

of Sequoia are welcome to attend. For more

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

Web site at or e-mail

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and invites

community members to visit. The club meets

at the Community Activities Building, 1400

Roosevelt Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday

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

refreshments are served. The dues are only $3

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

Web site at Sequoia Stamp Club

sponsors a free stamp show at the same location

on the first weekend in December.

Soroptimist International of South


The Soroptimists invite you to become a member

of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest

service organization for business and professional

women, where “improving the lives of women

and children” has been their mission since 1921.

Soroptimists work through service projects to

advance human rights and the status of women

locally and abroad. Soroptimist International

of South Peninsula needs and wants you as a

member. While helping women’s and children’s

causes, you will enjoy fellowship and lasting

friendships. They meet the second Thursday of

every month. For more information, please call

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

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

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club has been devoted to community

service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy

community programs and continues to add more

community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace

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

has been involved in raising money and donating

time and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

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

at the Waterfront Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at

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

meetings and check out the club’s Web site at

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

This is a unique club made up of senior citizens

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

from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club

is open to all of the community and provides an

opportunity for seniors to be useful.

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

and necklace sale held on the fourth Wednesday

of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside

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

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

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

their members makes beautiful necklaces and

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

larger donation to the club.

The club has a tutoring project at Taft School

and has contributed to school libraries, the

Children’s Cancer Campaign, the Optimist

Volunteers for Youth Camp near La Honda

for needy children, the Optimist Jr. World

Golf program, Challenge Day and many other

programs for kids.

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

second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in

the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside

Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call president

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

650-366-1392 for reservations.

YES Reading

This local organization is dedicated to

empowering students through literacy and

investing community members in underserved

public schools. YES Reading recruits and

trains community volunteers to provide oneon-one

tutoring for elementary and middle

school students reading below grade level.

The organization partners with historically

underresourced public schools and works closely

with classroom teachers to provide curriculumbased,

results-oriented intervention for lowperforming


YES Reading operates several reading centers

on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, including

a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you

are interested in becoming a reading tutor for a

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

9316 or email Visit the YES

Reading Web site at

Editor’s note: If you are connected with

a nonprofit organization and want your

information printed in The Spectrum, send

it to 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.



Days like today really do bring everyone in our community

closer together. That’s why we wanted to say thanks.

Thanks for all the fun. Thanks for the memories. But

more than anything else, thanks for letting us be a part

of this incredible place we’re proud to call home.

David M Amann

Financial Advisor


702 Marshall Street Suite 515

Redwood City, CA 94063

650-365-3618 Member SIPC

The Spectrum 25

Norcal Will Not

Waste Their Chance

to Clean Up

San Mat eo County

By Michael Erler, Special to The Spectrum

This story is garbage.

Well, actually, it’s about garbage. It’s about the people

who pick it up for you and the people who employ those

people. Really, it’s about a revolutionary company that

is trying, slowly but surely, to alter the way we think

about our junk. It’s a feel-good story about a group of

like-minded environmentalists living and thriving in the

corporate world, getting their hands dirty for all the right

reasons. It’s a story that could happen only in California.

Norcal Waste Systems Inc. is trying to change the world.

It’s not a new company, far from it. Norcal

has been around, in one incarnation or another,

for 88 years and was founded in San Francisco,

the city where Norcal holds the exclusive waste

collection and recycling contracts and still keeps

its corporate offices. The operation has grown

steadily and now has 22 subsidiaries under its

umbrella: companies such as San Bruno Garbage

Co. Inc., SF Recycling and Disposal Inc., and

Foothill Disposal Co. Inc.

Many aspects of Norcal Waste Systems make it

unique in the garbage collection game, but chief

among them is that it is the largest 100-percent

employee-owned and operated waste collection

operation in the United States. When the company

makes a profit, everyone who works there gets a

share of that profit. And come Aug. 29, there’s a

decent chance that if you know somebody who

works for Norcal Waste Systems, whether it be

a relative, a friend or a mere acquaintance, that

would be the day to hit that person up for a loan.

Because, you see, Aug. 28, that’s the big day.

That’s when all of us get to find out if Norcal

Waste Systems can do for the Peninsula what

they’ve done for the City. Aug. 28 will change a

lot of people’s lives in a fairly major way. Aug. 28

is when the South Bayside Waste Management

Authority (SBWMA), the organization that San

Mateo County’s elected officials have entrusted

for years in all matters related to waste collection,

will announce which of four companies

— incumbent Allied Waste Industries, Norcal

Waste Systems, Fort Lauderdale–based Republic

Services or Bayside Environmental Services &

Transfer (aka BEST, a conglomeration of local

companies) — gets the exclusive contract to pick

up, process and recycle the county’s garbage

beginning in 2011. It will be a 10-year contract

worth a cool $700 million.

One would think that as this day draws nearer

and nearer, those who stand to gain — or lose

— the most would be nervous wrecks, unable to

sleep, unable to eat, with an alarming pallor to their

sunken faces and their last smile a distant memory.

But to observe Norcal Waste Systems

executives Gino Gasparini and Mario Puccinelli

Mike Scanlon, Councilman Jeff Ira, Norcal Waste Systems employees John Zerelli and Gino Gasparini, Chamber CEO Larry Buckmaster at a recent Redwood City-San Mateo

County Chamber Business Connection.

(“Just a couple of regular ol’ Irish guys,”

Gasparini said, laughing) tear into the beef

teriyaki of their bento boxes and gobble down

California rolls during a recent Monday business

lunch at Half Moon Bay’s Sushi Main Street, it

quickly becomes apparent that the opposite is

true. These men, these grizzly, once-upon-atime

blue collars who woke up God knows how

early every day for years and years, sweating,

grunting and toiling on their garbage routes, were

laughing, smiling and regaling their guest with

stories from their pasts, making it sound like such

a ball to do what they did before becoming suits.

They were tanned, upbeat, jovially discussing the

NBA finals, and they appeared as relaxed as two

people with their day-to-day responsibilities can be.

Gasparini is the company’s business and

development manager. White hair aside, he’s

got the face and enthusiasm of a man 15 years

his junior, and if he isn’t being sincere when

describing how much of a thrill he gets from

cleaning up a local beach with a bunch of

volunteers, then he should prepare a speech

thanking the Academy. Gasparini’s served in the

past on the Redwood City–San Mateo County

Chamber of Commerce and will be president

of the Burlingame chapter in 2009. Puccinelli,

meanwhile, has a look more out of central casting,

not fully comfortable wearing a tie or using

chopsticks. He’s a good family man, but as the

vice president and general manager of San Bruno

Garbage Co., he gives the sense he’d rather be

working than talking. Between them, they have

nearly 60 years in the business.

The founders of our company were the

original recyclers,” Puccinelli said. “That’s where

they got the name ‘the San Mateo Scavengers’ from.

They would pull out the glass and the rags from the

garbage in the 1920s because they were valuable.”

Gasparini knows all about the San Mateo Scavengers.

“My father was an original partner in the

San Mateo County Scavenger Company. I

started working there as a teenager in 1972 for a

summer job and never left,” he said, smiling at

the memory. The San Mateo County Scavenger

Company was bought by Browning-Ferris

Industries (BFI) in 1974. BFI was bought by

Allied in 1999. Soon after the takeover, Gasparini

left Allied and went to work for Norcal Waste

Systems, where he’s happily been since 2003.

Draw your own conclusions.

It’s difficult to predict which way the San Mateo

County contract will go. All four companies made

their presentations and proposals in May, trying

to outdo one another and promising the latest

technology, the “greenest” approach, the best

customer service. Still, it is difficult to imagine the

incumbents winning. It stands to reason that if the

county was happy with Allied, there would be no

need to open up the process for others to make their case.

“Contracts do come up as a matter of business

but, for example, San Bruno’s contract just came

up recently and they chose to renew their deal

with Norcal until 2019,” said Puccinelli proudly.

Norcal Waste Systems has many assets going

for it. It’s been a pioneer in all facets of recycling

and set the industry standard with its “singlestream

recycling” for plastic, metal and paper.

Among the innovations the company can boast

is its compost-recycling program, which has

been a big success in San Francisco and will

be quickly duplicated all over the world. The

company’s scientists have found a way to turn

food scraps and leftovers from restaurants and

private residences into nutrient-enriched soil

that organic farmers can use as an alternative to

chemical-based fertilizers. The company boasts a

“75 percent rate of return” on all construction and

demolition recycling, also the industry standard.

Meanwhile, in addition to numerous

community clean-up projects that Gasparini

is actively involved in, Norcal Waste Systems

hosts local elementary schools on field trips to

their facilities to teach kids at an early age the

environmental importance of recycling (with the

implication being that they, in turn, would teach

their parents). Also, the company has started an

“artists in residence” program that invites local

artists to live in their facility for four months and

create art out of garbage, to be displayed in a

gallery-style showing at the end of the program.

Last year’s event even had a symphony performed

by an orchestra of instruments made out of

garbage. No other waste removal company has

anything remotely like this.

Norcal Waste Systems is the greenest waste

collection company, the one most dedicated to

being involved in the communities it’s a part of

and the one with the most motivated, customer

The founders of our company were the original recyclers.”

service–driven employees. They even have a new

device on their trucks called RouteWire, which

is an on-board computer that’s one part GPS, one

part Rolodex, one part 911 dispatcher and one part

scale. The drivers know everything there is to

know about their customers and their needs going in.

Whether the company will get the San Mateo

County contract or not is anyone’s guess, and

Gasparini wouldn’t hazard one. And he was way

too smart to be baited into speculating about why

Allied has fallen out of favor, saying only, “It’s

not my position to speak about other companies.”

This wasn’t surprising at all, considering that

the man has spent his life picking up trash, not

talking it.

However, when asked whether he believes

Norcal Waste Systems is the front-runner to get

the nod, he couldn’t stifle his smile, even while

biting into a piece of sushi.

Norcal Waste Systems is the

greenest waste collection

company, the one most

dedicated to being involved

in the communities it’s a

part of and the one with the

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Through the Years (continued from page 16)

in the summer and fall of 1865, the

realization that they had survived the

disease and slaughter while many of

their neighbors and friends had not

was a constant traveling companion.

They had an understandable wish

to commemorate their departed

companions and gather with those

who knew the experience of battle

in this cruelest of wars. This human

impulse led to the formation, less

than one year after the end of the

conflict, of the first post of what

would become the Grand Army of

the Republic (GAR). Seven months

later, in November 1866, the first

national encampment of the group

was held in Indianapolis. In an age

when there was no national media to

shape public opinion, or any generaluse

communication system beyond

the three-cent handwritten letter, the

speed of this organizing effort is

testimony to the desire these men

had to commemorate their deceased

comrades and aid the widows

and orphans the conflict had left

throughout the land.

The GAR, as it was soon called,

became a major force in American

society during the next 60 years. It

was first organized in the small cities

and towns of the northern states by

the neighbors and townsmen who

had served together in state militia

units; it moved out with the opening

of the West during the rest of the

century. Chapters in western towns

like Redwood City were natural

points of familiarity and gathering to

those who had endured the war and

then journeyed west.

In 1884, the George Evans

Post of the GAR was founded in

Redwood City. Here, the few men,

like Charles Benjamin, who had

lived in Redwood City prior to

fighting in the war met men like

Will Frisbie. They had many of the

same experiences and concerns

over matters like pensions and

health care for the survivors and

the families of the fallen. The

GAR was a force in the political

life of America for the remainder

of the century; certainly all the

Republican nominees for president

until Theodore Roosevelt had

been serving officers in the Union

Army during the war. Will Frisbie’s

wartime commander, Gen. Devins,

served as the seventh commander

in chief of the GAR during the

years 1873–75, just prior to his

appointment as attorney general in

the Hayes administration.

The Civil War had been the first

American conflict to institute a

draft to raise an army. The social

dislocations that this kind of largescale

war effort created had never

been felt in the United States before.

Both the American Revolution

and the War of 1812 were fought

on a regional basis, and the small

standing army that had fought the

Mexican-American War was not

adequate to the task of completely

conquering and subduing an entire

region like the Confederacy. The

draft created, for the first time in the

American experience, a massive army.

The invention and installation

of the railroad in the previous two

decades meant that it was possible

to move this massive army over far

larger areas than had ever been done

before. Thus the distances from

home and family support created

a need for a medical system that

could attend to men whose families,

the usual medical caregivers, were

hundreds of miles away.

The heroic efforts of Clara Barton

and others to care for the wounded

on the battlefields and in the

primitive field hospitals are a part

of both Civil War legend and the

struggle for a larger role for women

in the 19th century. In the aftermath

of the Civil War, the women who

had been part of the efforts to raise

money to supply the troops with

things like bandages, medicines and

even wool socks began to organize

themselves into groups connected

with the local posts of the GAR

throughout the country.

Beginning in Portland, Maine, in

1869, the women family members

and those who pledged allegiance

to the ideals of the men in the GAR

organized a relief society for work

among the needy. By April of 1879,

representatives of the societies in

several states met in Fitchburg,

Mass., and formally organized

the Women’s Relief Corps. Within

four years, the 1883 Grand Army

national encampment in Denver

recognized the WRC as an official

auxiliary, and the first national

convention was held in 1884.

Marrying Will Frisbie pulled

Geraldine into activities of the

Women’s Relief Corps. In the 1885

photograph of Redwood City’s

GAR group on the steps of the

Congregational Church, Geraldine

Cooley Frisbie stands on the right

side of the group in full widow’s

weeds, as she had been widowed for

the second time in May 1885 when

Will died at the age of 54 and was

buried in Union Cemetery.

Geraldine Frisbie now put

her energy into the work of the

Women’s Relief Corps. She was

elected president of the George

Evans Chapter in Redwood City in

1887 and president of the California

Nevada Department of the WRC in

1890. By the mid 1890s, the need for

supportive housing for the nurses

of the Civil War spurred the group

to found the Women’s Relief Corps

Home at Evergreen in Santa Clara

County. Geraldine Cooley Frisbee

served as president of the home’s

board of trustees for over 34 years

as an appointee of several governors

of California. In 1912, during the

national convention of the WRC

in Los Angeles, she was elected

national president of the group.

Women had won the right to vote

in California in 1911 due in part to

the leadership in civic affairs and

the legacy of public good works

of groups like the Women’s Relief

Corps and Geraldine Cooley Frisbie.

At the time of her death in 1929,

articles in all the local newspapers

reported her extensive public service.

Geraldine, Lester Cooley and

Will Frisbie are all buried in the

crypt in the Frisbie-Cooley plot in

Union Cemetery.

The Grand Army of The Republic, Redwood

City Chapter.

Lester Cooley at age 30.

As I Was Saying…

(continued from page 6)

He is in a perfect position to run for

her seat in four years when she is

termed out. That is, if anyone will

remember him.

There were two state propositions

that I split, and I thought the County

Measure O — the one-eighth-cent

sales tax — would squeak by and

win, but it was defeated big time.

Last time I don’t trust my gut


I also predicted that county

Supervisor Jerry Hill would win

the 19th District Democratic State

Assembly nomination, and he

did. Now he must face off against

Republican Catherine Brinkman

in November. Gee, I wonder who will

win that race?

So who were the election winners

and losers? Winners: Franchi, Hill

and Bostic. Losers: the “county

political machine” for backing

Nastari and thinking voters would

just read endorsements and vote that

way. Has it ever occurred to them

that maybe this shows that voters

are not happy with the status quo?

Just asking.

While we are on the topic of

elections, the next City Council

race is not for another 15 months,

but for some the race has already

begun. Planning Commissioner

Janet Borgens has already declared

her intention to run, as has Housing

and Human Concerns Committee

member Kevin Bondonno. I

am now hearing that Planning

Commissioner John Seybert will

indeed announce his intentions very

soon and throw his name into the

race. All three of them are smart

to get their names out early, and if

I know them as I think I do, they

are already walking precincts and

gathering support. Aren’t you?

I wonder if Councilman Jeff Ira

will be running for re-election?

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Finance: Declare Your Financial Independence Day

By David Amann, Special to The Spectrum

As we get close to the Fourth of

July, you may be thinking of where

you’ll be going to attend a picnic,

watch fireworks or engage in any of

the other activities that accompany

the holiday. And while it’s always

meaningful to commemorate our

nation’s many freedoms, you may

want to take this opportunity to

think about another celebration

of liberty — your own “Financial

Independence Day.”

However, unlike the Fourth of July, Financial

Independence Day won’t just show up on the

calendar — you have to work to make it happen.

Here are a few suggestions for doing just that:

Liberate yourself from debt. You don’t have

to be a free spender to rack up a lot of debt — the

cost of living is high, and sometimes you need

to use loans and credit. But the more money

you owe, the harder it is to achieve financial

independence, so try to reduce, consolidate or

eliminate as many debts as possible. You may

have to drive that old car one year longer or

postpone that vacation until you can pay for it up

front, but these and similar moves may pay off

down the road.

Emancipate your investments. To achieve

your long-term financial goals, you need your

investments to provide you with the combination

of growth potential and income that’s appropriate

for your individual needs. To accomplish this,

though, these investments need to be “free” from

being raided constantly to pay for the costs of

everyday life. That’s why you should establish

an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’

worth of living expenses. By keeping this fund

in a liquid account, you won’t have to tap into

your investments the next time you have a major

car repair, need a new appliance or face an

unexpected medical bill.

Unchain the potential of your retirement

accounts. Every time you get a raise, boost your

contributions to your retirement plan at work —

your 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b). Your money has the

potential to grow on a tax-deferred basis, and you

typically contribute pretax dollars, so the more

you put in, the lower your annual adjusted gross

income will be. But if you’re not contributing the

maximum allowed, or at least as much as you can

afford, you’re putting “shackles” on the ability

of these plans to help you attain the retirement

lifestyle you’ve envisioned.

Free your family from threats to your

income. Without your income, would your

family be able to pay off the mortgage? Or

send your children to college? Or meet any

of the financial goals you’ve set? Financial

independence will always be elusive unless you

protect your family from the potential loss of

your income — and that’s why you need adequate

life insurance, especially in the years when your

children are young and you’re still paying on your

house. At the same time, you may need disability

insurance to replace your income if you can’t

work due to illness or injury. Your employer

may offer a disability policy, but it might be

insufficient to meet your needs, so you may need

to add extra coverage.

By taking these and other steps, you can go a long

way toward turning Financial Independence Day

from a goal to a reality — so take action soon.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, 1455

Madison Ave., Redwood

City, is providing the

following activities that are

open to the public during

the month of July.

Monday Morning Movie Madness


Every Monday in July, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Come to the VMSC every Monday in July for a

free classic movie in our state-of-the-art movie

theater! After the movie, enjoy a hearty lunch

for only $4.50. Call Michele at 650-780-7344 for

more information.

June 30: “Yankee Doodle Dandy”

July 7: “How Green Was My Valley”

July 14: “It Happened One Night”

July 21: “Casablanca”

July 28: “Marty”

Wednesday Wii Bit of Fitness!

Every Wednesday morning, 9:30–11 a.m.

This ongoing program utilizes the latest and

greatest Nintendo technology to help you focus on

your fitness goals while having fun. Check out the

latest craze with the Fitness Wii. Free for all! For

more info, call Stephanie at 650-780-7313.

Celebrate America BBQ

Thursday, July 3, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Celebrate America at the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center and be sure to wear your red, white

and blue! Games and opportunity drawing will

start at 11 a.m. Music by the San Mateo Elks

Band. Menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, baked

beans, macaroni salad and dessert. Cost $7. Call

650-780-7259 to reserve your tickets.

Free Health Lecture: Dental Issues

of Aging

Thursday, July 24, 1–2 p.m.

This free lecture is presented by Dr. Todd Adams of

Manzo Dental. Dr. Adams will discuss common

problems with teeth, gums, jaws and more that we

encounter as we age. Dr. Adams will also provide

prevention techniques and possible solutions for

such problems. For more information, please

contact Merrylen at 650-780-7320.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, call 650-780-7270. Redwood City

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Department provides recreational facilities and

activities for all ages and interests, and supplies

building and custodial services for city buildings.

Redwood City Parks also operates the Veterans

Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks

Community Center, providing social, educational

and cultural activities as well as information,

referral and counseling services to persons living

in Redwood City and neighboring communities.

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Community Interest

Cañada College Will

Close Parking Lots on

Fourth of July

The Cañada College campus will

be closed on the Fourth of July

and school administrators are

urging people who annually use

the school’s parking lots to view

fireworks across the Peninsula to

make alternative plans.

Cañada College is located at the

top of Farm Hill Boulevard just off

of Highway 280, and the school’s

parking lots offer panoramic views

of the Peninsula. For years, people

have been parking their cars in the

school’s parking lots to watch the

Fourth of July fireworks displays

from Redwood Shores to the

Shoreline Amphitheater. This is the

first time in recent memory that the

lots have been closed for the Fourth

of July holiday.

“We apologize to all the people

who annually plan to view fireworks

from the campus parking lots, but

those lots will be unavailable due to

construction around campus,” said

Cañada College President Thomas

Mohr. “It’s a safety issue. There will

be heavy equipment parked in one

lot and the other will be undergoing


Mohr said security will be posted

at both the Farm Hill Boulevard

and Cañada Road entrances to the

school on the Fourth of July. No one

will be permitted to enter campus

that evening. “We’ll be back open

again next year and the parking lots

will be improved,” he said.

County and City Officials

Talk Jail Sites

County officials agreed to consider

sites outside Redwood City for

a new jail but did not commit

to halting negotiations for the

former Cemex site, just feet from a

multiuse development city officials

worry is now in jeopardy, said

Mayor Rosanne Foust.

Foust, Councilwoman Diane

Howard and City Manager Peter Ingram

met with county supervisors Mark

Church and Adrienne Tissier behind

closed doors in hopes of clearing

the air after a public spat about

whether a new correctional facility

should be in Redwood City and also

if the decision was being made with

appropriate community input.

The meeting was shut to staff and

the public, but Foust said afterwards

that the two sides agreed to working


“It’s kind of what you hope

for,” Foust said. “We agreed we

need to meet more often, stay

in communication, and they

acknowledged an institutional

disconnect. I thought it was very


Foust expects to recount the

meeting in a letter and bring the

matter back to the City Council

through an informational update.

At a City Council meeting, Foust

and the entire council called for the

county to end ongoing negotiations

for a new jail site until other

possibilities were considered.

At the meeting with the county

officials, Foust said, the county

officials agreed to look at sites

outside Redwood City but did not

agree to end negotiations.

“That’s still something we will

continue to watch closely,” Foust

said. “They didn’t commit, but I

think [Tissier and Church] need to

share with the entire board before

making any decisions.”

The Cemex parcels was scheduled

for the Board of Supervisors June 17

agenda as both a closed and regular

agenda item.

The appearance of the land on the

board’s closed session last month

is what tipped Redwood City off

that the county was looking beyond

rebuilding the women’s jail on the

current Maple Street location.

The land, at 1402–1450 Maple

St., is less than 1,000 feet away

from the already-approved 800-

unit Peninsula Park mixed-use

development. The developer

reportedly grew incensed at the

idea of a new multistory jail so

near and threatened to pull out of

the project. The council in turn

directed its wrath at the county,

accusing officials of jeopardizing

its hard-earned redevelopment

plans and making decisions without

input from either the council or the

community. Foust fired off a letter

to Tissier, board president, and

residents established an anti-jail

coalition and Web site.

County Manager John Maltbie

responded with a letter deeming

the coalition effort “highly

inflammatory and inaccurate.” He

countered arguments that Redwood

City is saddled with the majority of

correctional facilities by pointing

out the Youth Services Center in the

Highlands neighborhood and South

San Francisco.

Aside from seeking a warm

welcome, the effort for a new jail

may also need community backing

for financial support. The county

is eyeing a $140 million facility

with five floors to accommodate

more than 1,000 inmates and

programs such as alcohol and drug

rehabilitation. The state recently

denied the county’s application

for up to $100 million in funding

toward a new facility, leaving

the county faced with traditional

financing options like bonds.

Sanchez Named

Assistant Sheriff

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

Capt. Trisha Sanchez is set to

become the first woman to serve as

assistant sheriff in the department’s

150-year history.

Sanchez will replace Greg Trindle,

who retires at the end of June after

serving 36 years with the Sheriff’s

Office. Sanchez was the first woman

in the department to rise to the rank

of captain and will move to the new

position July 1. She will be the third

in command under Sheriff Greg

Munks and Undersheriff Carlos


Sanchez comes from a long

lineage of law enforcement.

Generations ago, her greatgrandfather,

Capt. Don Tomas

Sanchez, founded the town of

Laredo, Texas, in 1755. A direct

descendant, Dario Sanchez, became

the sheriff of Webb County, Texas,

in 1883. Trisha Sanchez, however,

grew up in the Southern California

town of Sierra Madre. She moved

to Menlo Park when her family

relocated to Northern California,

according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A graduate of Woodside High

School, Sanchez worked in the

restaurant business while attending

the College of San Mateo. Two

seminal events spurred the

realization that she wanted to

do more: attending a career day

at the county fairgrounds and

accompanying an uncle, who was

a Los Angeles police sergeant,

on ride-alongs, according to the

Sheriff’s Office.

Sanchez became a reserve

officer with the Sheriff’s Office

and soon went to work full-time

as a patrol deputy working the

areas of Redwood City, East Palo

Alto, Woodside and our coastal

communities. During that time,

Sanchez attended school and

earned both a bachelor’s degree in

management and a master’s degree

in leadership, according to the

Sheriff’s Office.

Longtime San Mateo

County Sheriff Dies

The youngest sheriff ever elected in

San Mateo County died at the age

of 90.

Earl B. Whitmore died in a Santa

Rosa hospital, according to the San

Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Whitmore was a 30-year-old

Redwood City police sergeant

when he was elected to office

in 1950. His campaign for the

county sheriff emphasized an anticorruption

platform of reform. His

23 years at the head of county law

enforcement saw the department

grow from a rural organization with

55 deputies to a suburban area with

380 deputies by the time he retired

in 1973, according to the Sheriff’s


Whitmore was responsible

for adding middle management

positions in the Sheriff’s Office,

where there were previously only

the sheriff, undersheriff and

deputies. He also implemented

one of the first helicopter units in

the state during the 1960s and the

work furlough program that allowed

convicted prisoners to maintain

their jobs. In 1960, he opened the

Sheriff’s Honor Camp in La Honda

for less serious offenders and

utilized inmate labor to assist in

creating fire trails and construction

work for the local community,

according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Whitmore was one of the early

graduates of the FBI National

Academy in Quantico, Va. He

was the founder of the San Mateo

County Sheriff’s Office Association

and was a former president of the

California State Sheriff’s Association,

according the Sheriff’s Office.

His law enforcement skills were


He played an instrumental

role in capturing the notorious

murderer of Hillsborough police

Officer Eugene Doran in 1959. He

became personally involved in the

investigation, leading the manhunt

that tracked the killer to Reno, Nev.

The killer was captured and returned

to San Mateo County for trial.

Whitmore retired 35 years ago

and was living in the Santa Rosa

area with his wife, Beverly.

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A Minute With: Mary Mortenson

Mary Mortenson was born in Hinckley, Minn., and is the eldest

of four sisters. She served in the Air Force for two years before

marrying and having her children, Eugene, 51, and Laura, 50. She

moved to Redwood City in 1965.

She has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1959 and opened

her Redwood City salon, Hair It Is!, in 1987. After closing the

salon 16 years later, she now cuts and styles hair at the Beauty

Wheel on Woodside Road. She is active in the Downtown

Business Group, the Chamber of Commerce and the newly

formed Citizens to Protect Redwood City group.

Mary enjoys walking, reading and of course spending time

with her five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She also

has another on the way. Mary will turn 73 years old on July 3.

Happy birthday!

Do you like the recent changes in

the downtown area?


Any other profession you would

work in?

Designing in home economics.

Which living person do you most


There is not really just one.

What is your most treasured


My children, grandchildren and


What talent would you most like to


Play the piano.

Something no one knows about


I am pretty open — they know

everything about me.

Which words or phrases do you

most overuse?


What do you consider your greatest


Raising my kids to be good citizens.

What is your greatest regret?

Not going to college.

What is your motto?

Do the best you can.

Do you have any pets?

No, unfortunately. Would love a dog.

Do you wish you could change

anything about your life?

Not really.

Why do you get up in the morning?

To see the day.

Anyone you got on your mind?

My friend whose husband just

passed on.

Last person you said “I love you” to?


Do you believe in love at first sight?


What do you look for in a


Integrity, faithfulness, being there

for each other when you need.

Most memorable moment?

Having my first child.

First word that comes to mind?


Favorite song lyrics?

“Have I told you lately that I love you?”

What are your plans for tomorrow?

Do stuff around the house and get

caught up.

How do you currently feel?

Pretty content.

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