“JOB OF A LIFETIME”
YOU CAN BE
YOU CAN BE
&“AS I WAS
Table of Contents
Inside The Spectrum – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
Mobius: A Continuous Path
to Better Fitness – 7
Cultural Events – 9
Shop Redwood City – 12
Superintendent Jim Lianides
- And So Much More – 14
he beginning of summer brings additional activities throughout our community.
Graduations, getaways, end-of-the-school-year parties, Father’s Day and the
June 2013 issue of The Spectrum Magazine.
Our cover story this month is on Redwood City’s own James Lianides, who
is the current superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District. Having
graduated from Woodside High, he brings a unique perspective to the district and hometown
objectives. We hope you enjoy being introduced to him by contributing writer Julie McCoy.
Now that summer is here, many in our community are focusing on getting fit and building
strength and endurance for the season’s outdoor and recreational activities. The personalized
and very challenging programs at Mobius Fit on Woodside Road have our town excited about
fitness. Read about how their facility is changing the way we all get fit.
Again this month we bring you our regular features on senior activities, items of community
interest, cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Hector Flamenco, information
from the Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”
Publisher Steve Penna writes about the North Fair Oaks neighborhood in his column, “As I
The Spectrum encourages you, our readers, to support our valuable business advertisers by
using their services when you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community
with friends and family. Many of them have special offers for you to cut out and present,
including discounts on services, food and beverages, so please take the time to look over their
ads this month and use their coupons and discounts. They want you to visit them. Businesses
are an important component of our community because they create sales tax revenues that
contribute to our overall city budget while providing much-needed services to all of us.
When you are looking for up-to-the-minute community news or information, visit us online at
www.spectrummagazine.net. Have a great month, Redwood City!
Community Interest – 17
Protect Yourself Before
Hitting the Road by Getting
RV Insurance Coverage – 25
Senior Activities – 25
A Minute With
Robert Foucrault – 26
Owner and Publisher
James R. Kaspar
Cover/Cover Story Photography
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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
his month’s cover photo shoot was arranged through phone
messages between Spectrum Magazine contributing writer
Julie McCoy and Sandy Rick, who is the administrative
assistant to our cover subject, Sequoia Union High School
District Superintendent Jim Lianides. After checking with
Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna, they scheduled the shoot
for Friday, May 24, at 4 p.m.
Cover photographer James Kaspar showed up first at the district offices on
James Avenue and was soon joined by Penna. They checked in and were met
by Rick, who led them to Lianides’ office. Penna and Rick have known each
other professionally for several years, so they took the opportunity to do a
Lianides then greeted the two and they entered his office, where the
first of a series of shots were taken. Kaspar and Lianides compared travel
experiences and chatted about their upcoming trips abroad. The lighting in
the office was extremely good; they did not stay there long, as the needed
photos were taken quickly.
They all moved out to the front arch area of the building and continued the
The entire shoot took about 30 minutes.
The Spectrum Magazine is proud to feature someone who has grown
up in our community, attended schools in our community and now leads
the educational opportunities for high school students in our community.
Lianides is an excellent example of giving back to our community!
As he reflected on his experiences in Redwood City, Lianides said, “I have
very fond memories of growing up here.” It is very inspiring to know that
he is now able to pass on those memories by providing safe, exciting and
academically challenging opportunities to the students he serves. Thank you
for all you do, Jim!
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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
Students and Staff Bring Honor to Redwood City School District
During the 2012–13 school year, students who
attend Redwood City School District schools,
teachers who teach in the schools, district administrators
and school board trustees won numerous awards
celebrating notable achievements, including:
• North Star fifth-grade student Adrienne Evans
was one of six winners in the SamTrans “Art
Takes a Bus Ride” Contest!
• Roosevelt students won the BizWorld
Challenge, competing against teams from
other local schools, including Harker School,
Woodside Elementary and North Star Academy.
• Kennedy Middle School Concert Band was the
only middle school band to receive the very
prestigious rating of “Unanimous Superior”
from the California Association for Music
Education. Kennedy String Orchestra received
the rating of “Excellent.”
• Adelante Spanish Immersion School was
selected as one of 15 finalists for the Embassy
of Spain’s prestigious Spanish Immersion
School of the Year program.
• North Star Academy was named a National Blue
Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
• North Star Academy was named a California Business
for Education Excellence Honor Roll School.
Roosevelt sixth-grade teacher Sarah Coyle was named
2013 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year for elementary
• Fair Oaks teacher Wendi Brown won the
Redwood City–Woodside Patch Teacher
• Superintendent Jan Christensen was named
Superintendent of the Year by the Association
of California School Administrators for Region
5, encompassing San Francisco and San Mateo
The Roosevelt School team brought home medals after winning the 2013 BizWorld Challenge.
• Hoover eighth-grade student Orlando Mayen
was named Youth of the Year.
• 472 students were reclassified from English
language learners to English proficient.
• Former Kennedy student Sofia Dueñas received
Outstanding Student Award from the Sequoia
• Henry Ford School won a J. Russell Kent Award
from the San Mateo County School Boards
Association for its professional learning community.
• Kennedy Middle School won a J. Russell Kent
Award from the San Mateo County School
Board Association for its drama program.
Staff and Volunteers
• Sarah Coyle, a sixth-grade language arts and
social studies teacher at Roosevelt School, was
named the 2013 San Mateo County Teacher of
the Year for Elementary Education.
• Hoover volunteer Dick Imperiale was named
Citizen of the Year by the Sequoia Awards
• Hoover teacher Mrs. Zuno and her husband,
Hoover volunteer Mr. Zuno, received the San
Mateo County Reading Association Award for
Familias Unidas, a nine-week family literacy
series they started eight years ago.
• Roosevelt teacher Gillian Parkhurst received
a San Mateo County Reading Association
Literacy Award for her vocabulary skits.
• Trustee Dennis McBride was recognized by the
17th District PTA with an Honorary Service
Award for his volunteerism and tireless work on
behalf of public education.
• Trustee Shelly Masur was honored by the
Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of 100
Women of Influence.
Nearly 500 students were reclassified from English-language
learners to “fluent English proficient” for attaining levels of
proficiency equivalent to a native English speaker in listening,
reading, writing and speaking in English.
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As I Was
| Steve Penna
I, like many residents of San Mateo County, was
not in favor of changing the election process for
the county supervisor seats from “at large” to
districts. Voters approved that change last year
and, since then, sitting supervisors have been
concentrating more on the cities and areas within
The main argument to wanting “at large” seats
was that supervisors voting on issues outside of
their represented area should be held accountable
by voters if they are making decisions for all
districts. They still vote that way today although
elected now by individual districts. I hope that is
not too confusing.
Anyway, for those of us who are passionate
about and have been waiting for a county
supervisor to pay some much-needed attention
to the North Fair Oaks (NFO) unincorporated
area of Redwood City, this change has now been
welcomed as Supervisor Warren Slocum is
making an attempt to focus on the neighborhood I
was born and raised in.
Now, I am not saying that Slocum holding
regular community meetings, cleanup days or
glorified festivals is a large step forward, but it
is a step nonetheless and it should be noticed and
acknowledged. But let’s take it a step further and
not just concentrate on all the touchy-feely good
stuff that gets those doing it mentioned in media
outlets. Let’s get to work!
I always get a real laugh from all the elected
officials and wannabes who attend the NFO
Community Festival in the summer, where they
try to act like they are supportive and a part of
the neighborhood when you know that is the only
time you will see them in that neighborhood. It
is absolutely embarrassing for me to watch them
pretend that they care when, in reality, they attend
that event to create the illusion that they do. It is
actually pathetic and is one of the reasons that the
neighborhood continues to cope with the existing
problems they have. The ones who can really help
don’t spend any time there.
There are some unique issues facing that
neighborhood, and we should all be concerned
and get involved with them because we interact
with each other on a daily basis. I would bet
most of you probably don’t even realize that our
community is split and represented by different
governmental agencies. Let me try to break it
down in simple terms.
Incorporated areas of Redwood City are
represented by our City Council and served by
the Redwood City Police and Fire departments,
water districts, Parks and Recreation Department
and so on. Unincorporated areas are represented
by county supervisors, the county Sheriff’s
Office, county fire services and so on. The areas
of Redwood City that are unincorporated are the
NFO and Emerald Hills neighborhoods. Got it?
So if you live in the incorporated area and your
local tax dollars stay there and vice versa, why
should we care about “them”? Well, let me give
you a few reasons. In many areas of our city, one
side of the street is incorporated and the other
is not. That alone should be enough. But if that
is not, here are a few others. 1) Students in both
areas go to some of the same schools. 2) Crime
control information is shared and the involved
agencies work together to reduce and control it. 3) We
share garbage and recycling services and therefore
the same concerns and pricing. I could give a few
more examples, but I think you get the idea that
we are neighbors regardless of boundaries. We
need to communicate and need to interact.
The NFO Community Center location
on Middlefield is a prime example. Part of
the property is unincorporated and part is
incorporated. But they work together to provide
services like the senior center and the library.
So what do we need to concentrate on or give
some attention to? Well, I am no expert, but I do
keep track of activity in my old neighborhood by
shopping there, volunteering there and visiting
friends and associates who live there. The issues
in that neighborhood are more societal than
anything else, and those types of issues are hard
to work on. I mean, the federal government
cannot even do that. But we must try.
I was impressed to read a statement from
Slocum that captured the neighborhood: “I have
come to learn, however, that in many ways there
are two San Mateo Counties. One is punctuated
by wealth, software and biotechnology. The other
is a place where 40 percent of third-graders don’t
read at grade level, 67,000 adults don’t have health
insurance, 180,000 are without dental insurance
and more than 50,000 cannot afford necessary
medications. The percent of families living in
poverty has increased significantly countywide,
and there is an area between Atherton and central
Redwood City where more than 20 percent of the
people live in poverty. Government policies that
shape our work, families and lives could be better,
and we all know it. We also know that government
can be more efficient, more responsive and cost
less, and I made it my personal responsibility to
do just that during my time in office. I like nothing
better than rolling up my sleeves, tackling problems
one by one and making things work better,”
Low-income families are among the biggest
issues facing that area, and those are the issues
that need attention. I sometimes wonder who is
actually supposed to feel good after the cleanup
days, outside office hours and coffee-with-cops
type outreach? But gathering information is a
vital first step and what those types of activities
are supposed to foster.
Someone once told me that “most of us are
just a paycheck or two away from poverty.” That
has always stuck in my mind and is probably the
reason I buy the special things I like in bulk. That
way, if I can’t afford it next month, I have it.
So how do Slocum and others like him address
those issues? It sounds clichéd, but it is most
definitely “thinking outside the box.” Knowing
your community and the existing problems and
developing new ways of addressing them is key.
All you need to do is look at the violence in East
Palo Alto and realize that they need someone to
“think outside the box” and try something different.
In fact, the Sheriff’s Office or some other law
enforcement agency needs to intervene there
to assist as they had to do a decade or so ago to
reduce the crime and killings that have exploded
again recently. How many lives have been lost
because of the lack of leadership in finding
solutions? That is something a county supervisor
might want to take on. In fact, one of the current
supervisors, Don Horsley, was county sheriff
when they had to assist back then and might be
the one to lead the effort now.
As you may remember, cursed by a flourishing
drug trade and violent gang wars, East Palo Alto
recorded the highest murder rate in the nation
during 1992. A partnership of sorts with the Sheriff’s
Office quickly reduced crime and the murder rate.
At that time, that was “thinking outside the box.”
Slocum’s approach in part seems to be gathering
information, and he is doing quite well at that.
Every Wednesday, he holds weekly evening office
hours in NFO. Residents are encouraged to drop
in and share their concerns. The hours are from 5
p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Community Center
at 2600 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. In
response, he is getting interest.
He also has a great communicator of information
in his own home. His wife, Maria Diaz-Slocum,
attended Hoover School in the NFO area and
graduated from Sequoia High School. She currently
works at the NFO library and serves on the board
of trustees for the Redwood City School District.
She has years of knowledge to share.
Recently the “Be Seen Keepin’ It Clean” cleanup event
in NFO attracted over 225 residents volunteering
to help in the effort. The neighborhood is better off
because of this collaborative effort with the North
Fair Oaks council.
The CityTrees organization is currently working
with Slocum to try to get a tree pruning and
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Mobius: A Continuous Path to Better Fitness
By Julie McCoy, contributing writer
Do you want to get in shape this summer, or simply
stay in shape?
Mobius Fit, a unique 6,000-square-foot gym at
1709 Woodside Road, can help you do just that.
“This is a personal health club,” explained Gordon
Bliss, manager/partner at Mobius Fit. “This is a
full-blown club that caters to individuals.”
Specializing in small group personal training,
Mobius Fit provides what is known as Real Athletic
Workout (RAW) classes, which involve using TRX
cables and weights. RAW classes provide a totalbody
workout. You can burn approximately 600 to
700 calories for each RAW class you take.
There are several different levels, including
Vitality RAW for beginners, seniors and people
with injuries; Foundation RAW, which provides
a great workout and a stepping stone to some of
Mobius Fit’s advanced classes; and Active RAW,
for those who want to challenge themselves.
Class size is limited to 12 people per class. The
instructors provide personal training, so when
people take the RAW classes, they don’t have to
pay for a personal trainer.
Kickboxing, stretch and yoga
In addition to the RAW classes, Mobius Fit provides
kickboxing, spin, stretch/yoga, roller and Zumba classes.
Bar Method classes taught by
Wicked’s Melissa Chait
Mobius Fit also recently began offering classes
that use the Bar Method, which helps you burn
fat, carve muscle, reshape your body, sculpt your
arms, trim your waist and enhance your posture.
The Bar Method provides the same training ballet
dancers use. Melissa Chait, an accomplished
actress and dancer who is most well-known for
her performance in the hit Broadway musical
Wicked, is leading the Bar Method classes.
Managing partners have decades
Bliss, who has 40 years of experience in
the fitness industry and a degree in human
performance from San Jose State, runs Mobius Fit
with Ross Headley, who also serves as manager/partner.
Headley, who played football in college, holds a
bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and has
been a personal trainer since 1998.
Many members from surrounding areas
Approximately 40 percent of Mobius Fit’s
members live in Redwood City, while 60 percent
are from surrounding cities and towns, according
to Bliss. He estimates that 20 percent of the gym’s
membership is from Menlo Park, 20 percent is
from Atherton and 20 percent is from Woodside.
Owners Ross Headley and Gordon Bliss greet members
Trainer Ulises Lemus instructs a member in proper workout form.
Named after Mobius loop
Why is the gym named Mobius Fit? “Mobius loop
is an infinite loop,” Bliss explained. “We call it
our continuous path to better fitness. Diet and
exercise have to be a continuous loop.”
Training people to be like athletes
DeAnn Teixeira, exercise instructor at Mobius
Fit, instructs the RAW classes, runs the Shape of
Challenge 12-week weight-loss program and is an
on-site nutritionist. As a trainer, nutritionist and
wellness coach, she uses her background to help
people get set up for success.
“I want people to go beyond what they think
their limitations are and to surprise themselves,”
she said. “People are not looking to be skinny;
they’re looking to be fit. Their role models are athletes
now, so we train people to be like athletes.”
Giving you the tools to succeed
Redwood City resident Pam McNair, who walks
to Mobius Fit, said, “They give you the tools to
succeed. It’s a lot of fundamentals and then you
build on those as you move up in class. You’re
building on core movements. As you join, you move
While both Bliss and Headley do a little bit of everything
at Mobius Fit, Bliss focuses on Mobius Fit’s website,
kickboxing classes and spin classes while Headley
concentrates on teaching the RAW classes.
The two have known each other for 30 years.
“We have a good friendship,” Headley said.
Mobius Fit is like a family, Headley stressed. “We’re
really developing that family feel,” he said. “Everyone
knows your name. You’re not just a number.”
Goal is to be 500 strong by the
end of the year
Mobius Fit currently has about 400 members. The
goal is to have 500 members by the end of the
year, according to Bliss. “By the end of the year,
I’m hoping to have a waitlist,” Bliss said. “That’s
kind of our goal.”
Offshoot of Fitness 101
Mobius Fit, which opened in October 2011, is an
offshoot of Fitness 101, a former health club that
was in Menlo Park. Prior to opening Mobius Fit,
Bliss and Headley worked together at Fitness 101.
from Foundation to Active. Your core strength increases.”
McNair added, “It’s a very small environment.
They’re very motivating. They help you achieve
whatever your goal is.”
A total-body workout
Bonnie Black of Menlo Park participates in the
RAW, stretch/yoga, roller and spin classes at Mobius Fit.
“I love the trainers,” she said. “It’s just so focused.
You get the most excellent workout because of
the variety and trainers. What they offer here is a
total-body workout. It’s just amazing the results
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meant a great deal to this single-parent family.
“I have been a hair stylist in Redwood City since I was young,” said Irma.
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Funny how goodwill perpetuates itself, because now all of Irma’s nieces
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Take a closer look. You can join!
2120 Broadway St., downtown Redwood City
Tickets: www.dragonproductions.net or
650-493-2006, ext. 2
The new Dragon Theatre houses a 70-seat intimate
theater area, a classroom and a studio space.
Becky’s New Car
By Steven Dietz
Directed by James Nelson
July 12–Aug. 4
“When a woman says she needs new shoes,
what she really wants is a new job. When she
says she needs a new house, she wants a new
husband. And when she says she wants a new
car, she wants a new life.” Becky Foster is
suddenly offered a chance at an adventure and
gets entangled in a web of lies that results in a
hilarious ride. Written by playwright Steven
Dietz, author of 2011’s comedy Private Eyes.
Thursdays–Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Pay-what-you-can preview Thursday, July 11, at
Opening night gala July 12 after the show
Talkback with the director and cast after the show
on Sunday, July 28
Fox Theatre and Club Fox
2209 Broadway St., downtown Redwood City
Tickets available at www.clubfoxrwc.com,
tickets.foxrwc.com, 650-369-7770 or 877-
• Terry Hiatt & Friends (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7
p.m. Wednesday, June 5. $5.
• Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha
with DJ Hong, DJ Rulas, DJ DannyG (salsa
lesson at 8:30) 9 p.m. Friday, June 7. $10.
• Tony Lindsay, lead singer for Santana &
Soulful Obsession with Special Guest Tom
Politzer from Tower of Power. 8 p.m. Saturday,
June 8. $16.
• Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa (2 Full Sets)
with Fran Guidry 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9. $22
• Sista Monica (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12. $5.
• Live Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha
Cha with Salson. 9 p.m. Friday, June 14. $15.
• The Cheeseballs. 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15. $18
• Daniel Castro (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19. $5.
• Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha
with DJ Rulas, DJ DannyG (salsa lesson at
8:30) 9 p.m. Friday, June 21. $10.
• Desert Dance Company presents Mosaic of
Dance. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23. $15.
• Amy Lou and the Juke Junkies! (Club Fox
Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. $5.
• Live Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha
Cha with La Fuerza Gigante (LFG). 9 p.m.
Friday, June 28. $15.
• Powerage: The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute
Experience with Jungle Rooster. 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 29 $15.
San Mateo County
2200 Broadway St., Redwood City
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
$5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students,
free for children 5 and under
The History Museum is housed inside the historic
1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people
visit the museum each year, and the number of
local residents who hold memberships is growing.
The History Museum teaches approximately
14,000 children each year through the on- and
off-site programs. The museum houses the
research library and archives that currently hold
over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and
documents collected by the San Mateo County
Free First Fridays Program
The San Mateo County History Museum
continues its “Free First Fridays” program on July
5. Not only is admission free the entire day (10
a.m. to 4 p.m.), but two programs are planned for
the public without any fees. At 11 a.m., preschool
children will be invited to learn about athletics.
They will make a paper mobile with images of
various types of sports gear to take home. The
museum staff will conduct a special program
in the Sports Hall of Fame exhibit area, which
features displays about great athletes of the
Peninsula. Here the youngsters will hear the story
Just a Baseball Game. At 2 p.m., museum docents
will lead tours of the museum for adults.
“Honoring Steve Jobs.” A new addition to the
museum’s permanent exhibits honors the late
Steve Jobs with displays featuring an original
1988 NeXT computer, part of the company that
Jobs founded in Redwood City when he left Apple
in the 1980s for a time. A variety of other objects,
including books, brochures and more, are also on
“Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience
in San Mateo County.” This exhibition tells the
stories of the diverse people who came to the
area. It highlights the experiences of the early
immigrant groups — Chinese, Japanese, Irish,
Italians and Portuguese — in the late 1800s.
“San Mateo County History Makers:
Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World.”
Visitors are invited to review biographies of such
innovators as A.P. Giannini (who created the
Bank of America and lived in San Mateo) and
other entrepreneurs whose innovations have left a
Book Signing With Joann Semones
The San Mateo County History Museum will present
maritime author JoAnn Semones, who will discuss
her new book, Sea of Troubles: The Lost Ships
of Point Sur, on Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. Other
books written by Semones include Shipwrecks,
Scalawags and Scavengers and Hard Luck Coast.
Presentation on Preservation of
Photograph conservator Gawain Weaver will make
a presentation on preserving family photographs
on Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. Weaver completed
a two-year fellowship in the advanced residency
program in photo conservation at the George
Eastman House and Image Permanence Institute
in Rochester, N.Y., in 2007. Today he teaches
photograph preservation at the San Jose State
University School of Library and Information Science.
Weaver will discuss types of photographs found
in family collections, clues to dating them and
procedures for preserving them. The program is
free with the price of admission to the museum.
This presentation is a part of the museum’s
“Courthouse Docket” series, which is sponsored
by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.
Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse
Sunday, Aug. 18, from noon until 4 p.m., the
San Mateo County History Museum will present
“Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse.” Activities
will include children’s crafts, a Victorian tea
served in historic Courtroom A and re-enactors
playing as the great and wealthy residents of the
Peninsula during the Victorian era. Admission
will be free on this special day.
The Main Gallery
1018 Main St., Redwood City
The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with
23 members, showcases the work of some of the
best local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is
located in the historic yellow Victorian cottage at
the corner of Main and Middlefield. The gallery
is open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Climate Crisis: An Artistic Response
“Climate Crisis: An Artistic Response” opened
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Cultural Events (Continued from previous page)
Clockwise from top left: Joyce Converse, “Spirit of
Aspen,” oil on linen, 30”x30”, 2013. Katinka Hartmetz,
“You Get Used to It,” mixed media, 30”x20”, 2013. Diana
Herring, “Road Ends,” print, 19”x13”, 2013. Jeanne
Gadol, “Trapped,” archival print on paper, 18”x12”,
2013. David Scouffas, “Diamond Light,” inkjet photo,
21”x9”, 2013. Elizabeth Noerdlinger, “Survivors II,” oil on
canvas, 24”x30”, 2013.
Wednesday, May 29, and runs through Sunday,
June 30. This exhibit showcases eight of The
Main Gallery artists: Joyce Converse, Jeanne
Gadol, Katinka Hartmetz, Diana Herring, Terri
Wilson Moore, Elizabeth Noerdlinger, David
Schuffas and Arena Shawn. An intelligent,
creative conversation is posed between artist
and viewer regarding climate change. This show
raises questions and sparks contemplation about
the future of the planet. Through irony, humor,
comparison, rhythm and more, the depth of the
show is sure to ignite a reaction from viewers.
The Main Gallery will be hosting an opening
reception with the artists on Saturday, June 1,
from 6 to 8 p.m.
Here is a sampling of the creative style and
artistic observations presented in the “Climate
“Too much to lose” is the focus for Joyce
Converse. Converse explains how her house rests
on a ridge with 360-degree views. A recent visit
to her 20-acre property by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture resulted in estimates that due to
Converse’s care and choice of native tree and
shrub plantings, as many as 70 different species
of native birds are suspected to live on her land.
Converse describes her oil paintings as projecting
deep passion, inspiration and understanding of
landscape’s “spirit, beauty and habitat, especially
the local Santa Cruz mountain landscape.”
The digital art of Jeanne Gadol focuses on birds and
animals. The images of these creatures, combined
with geometric forms and repeated in patterns,
suggest extinction and loss, the need for hope and
balance, and the uncertainty and burden associated
with climate change. Gadol explains that her art’s
aesthetic rhythm, form and pattern are a “visual
merging of the rugged Northern California
landscape and wildlife, with images absorbed
while on three life-changing Africa safaris.”
Using an old window, a birdcage, a table and
a library card file, multimedia artist Katinka
Hartmetz uses altered photographs and paintings
in combination to express nostalgia. Hartmetz
asks, “Does anyone remember what the old days
were like?” Her images of stormy sea give a sense
that something perilous may be waiting in the
future of humankind.
The prints by Diana Herring use humor to
show how current human behavior is leading to a
potentially deadly situation. In “The Road Ends,”
a happy little girl and a skeleton are in an old
jalopy, running off the road’s edge. In “Carbon
Footprint,” a man’s face is being swept over by a
wave as a foot looms over his head. Herring states
that she “came to the conclusion that climate
change is the result of entropy (lack of order or
predictability; gradual decline into disorder).”
She further describes climate change as the
“accumulation and population of human waste
and activity. Such as the burning of fossil fuels,
deforestation and overpopulation of our earth.”
Painter Terri Wilson Moore combines detailed
graphite drawings, layers of paint, acrylic gels
and elements of collage onto panels to illustrate
the unchecked growth of bark beetles (that are
destroying pine forests) and human destruction
that’s gradually eliminating the rain forest. In
her pieces Moore includes text from U.N. reports
on climate change and incorporates red threads
throughout to underscore a sense of unraveling,
suggesting things coming apart that can lead
to serious consequences. Moore asks, “As the
evidence of harm keeps accumulating, why don’t
we respond in a way that matches the threat?”
For this exhibit, oil painter Elizabeth
Noerdlinger focuses on animals and plants that
will benefit in a warmer, higher carbon dioxide
environment. Incorporating information from
laboratory reports and her own observations of
thriving animals in her local environment, she
paints collage-like scenes of predicted survivors,
of animals and plants that seem likely to thrive in
a disturbed, higher CO2 environment.
Photographer David Scouffas employs
photomontage for his elegant digital prints that
illustrate the theme of cause and effect. His
images of rich, luxurious lifestyles juxtaposed
with environmental disasters are clear yet
startling, inviting the viewer to look again and
think about what they are seeing.
“Climate Crisis: An Artistic Response” is a
show not to be missed. Come view The Main
Gallery’s artists’ ominous insight into climate
change and join the conversation through creative
works of art that will inform, alert, sadden,
energize and urge you to react.
Art on the Square
Call for Artists and Crafters for June–
Art on the Square features the best in fine arts and
crafts each month between June and August at
Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City.
Complementing Music on the Square and the
PAL Blues Festival, AOTS showcases original
painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics
and more at prices for every budget. Plus, Jewelry
on the Square (JOTS) will return in July. Monthly
jurying until each show is filled. Apply today at
www.redwoodcityevents.com. For more information,
Art on the Square 2013 dates & times
Friday, June 14, 5–8:30 p.m. with Music on the Square
Friday, July 12, 5–8:30 p.m. Jewelry on the
Square with Music on the Square
Friday, July 26, 5–8:30 p.m. with Music on the Square
Saturday, July 27, 12–8 p.m. with the PAL Blues Festival
Sunday, July 28, 12–5 p.m. with the PAL Blues Festival
Friday, Aug. 24, 5–8:30 p.m. with Music on the Square
Redwood City presents
SUMMER SERIES 2013
Free, Fun Events and Activities in
Downtown Redwood City
Redwood City welcomes the community
downtown for its seventh season of free events
and entertainment. Every week throughout
the summer at beautiful Courthouse Square,
engaging evenings will showcase fabulous, free,
fun-filled activities on Thursdays with Movies
on the Square and on Fridays featuring Music on
the Square. Other ongoing events in the coming
months include classical concerts, Shakespeare in
the park, a new kids’ concert series on Sundays
called Kidchella, as well as special outdoor
exhibits featuring Art on the Square.
The beautiful, inviting atmosphere of
Courthouse Square, with its cooling fountains
and surrounding variety of shops and eateries,
offers friends, family and neighbors a stunning
place to gather and enjoy balmy summer evenings.
Redwood City has grown to be known as the
Entertainment Capital of the Peninsula!
Below is the rundown of this season’s
Downtown Redwood City entertainment. Find
details at www.RedwoodCityEvents.com.
Movies on the Square
Redwood City’s summer movie experience
continues with free movies on Thursday evenings
starting at sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.,
then earlier as the summer progresses). Enjoy
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Celebrating Our 60 th Anniversary
Thank you for supporting us through the years.
We urge you to contribute and support local
non-profit organizations that do outstanding
work in our community.
Berths & Dry Storage
One Uccelli Boulevard, Redwood City, CA 94063 • 650-366-0922
Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway –
Redwood General Tire was founded on the
principles of good customer service and quality
products at fair prices. Many satisfied customers
have been with them since their founding.
Whether you are looking for a new set of tires or
need repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood
City institution has been providing quality vehicle
services since 1957. They even have free Wi-Fi
Internet hookups so you can work while you wait
for your vehicle to be serviced.
Eating and Catering:
Arya Global Cuisine — 885 Middlefield Road
– Redwood City’s new “it” restaurant lives up to
its name, serving Italian, American and Persian
food. “We loved the whole concept of Italian and
Persian food. We tried the chicken kabob and Pollo
Firenze. And wow — the food was great. Our server
gave us a good suggestion in white wine to go
with our dinner. Can’t wait to bring my friends in
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison
and the staff at Canyon Inn serve everything from
their famous hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of
sandwiches and pastas, and South-of-the-Border
specialties while various sports play on the big,
flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to reserve their
closed patio for your next party — it has heaters,
fans and a big-screen TV (no extra charges). Why
cook when you don’t have to? They do catering
too for all occasions!
D. Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St.
– “We went there and it was fabulous! We were
impressed by their food menu, and the burger I
had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen TVs for
watching your favorite sports team, having a
drink with friends or dancing the night away.”
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good
restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There
are OK restaurants. Then there are those places,
the magic ones. You come back again and again
because the food doesn’t just taste good and
satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.”
Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under
12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com
The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With
a motto promising to change your life “one
sandwich at a time” and a menu and atmosphere
that has already made it a popular spot in
downtown Redwood City, the Sandwich Spot will
have you wondering where this place has been all
your life, and whether or not you can get some of
their signature Bomb Sauce to go.
San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City
locations – As a member-driven organization,
SMCU does everything possible to ensure that
all of your financial priorities are anticipated and
fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping
assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate
home loans and lines of credit. Call 650-363-1725
or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch to learn the
advantages of membership banking.
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded
in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown from
one small, portable machine to a company of six
employees and five working vans. The Lewis
family works and lives in Redwood City and is
committed to our community. Ask about their
Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet
cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today! Get
your home ready for entertaining during the year.
Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real –
Hannig Law Firm LLP provides transactional and
litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The
professionals at HLF are committed to knowing
and meeting their clients’ needs through long-term
relationships and value-added services, and to
supporting and participating in the communities
where they live and work.
at Coldwell Banker –
650-722-1193 – Michelle has
been a full-time, top-producing
real estate agent since 1978. With
a proven track record, she has
helped buyers achieve their
dreams of home ownership and sellers make
successful moves to their next properties. The
majority of her business is garnered through referrals
from her many satisfied clients. Living in Emerald
Hills, she knows the area well and is involved
in the community. Count on Michelle’s years of
experience to guide you through your next real estate
transaction. Visit her online at www.glaubert.com.
John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315
– John has been a resident of Redwood City for
21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18
years. He is known for doing his clients’ legwork,
keeping them up to date with new listings and
conditions as they impact the market. He will make
the process as pleasurable and stress-free an experience
for you as he can. Let John guide you through the
complexities of buying or selling your home,
eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him online at
Vicky Costantini at Sequoia Realty –
650-430-8425 – Born and raised in Redwood
City, Vicky is known for her honesty and
availability. She believes those qualities foster
strong working relationships with her clients.
In turn, those same clients have referred her to
countless friends and relatives. With an approach
that is simple yet effective, she treats every listing
as if it is her first, and her clients know that they
will get the very best effort as they enter into the
purchase or sale of a home. Visit her online at
Davies Appliance – 1580 El Camino Real –
“Davies helped me with my appliance purchases
and they know what they are doing. All they
carry is appliances; you don’t have to worry about
anything else. Leave it to them to assist you with
your kitchen remodel and you will be very happy.
I recommend Davies to anyone who is interested
in great pricing and even better service. The focus
is appliances and service.”
Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. –
A women-only, body-positive fitness center in downtown
Redwood City. Services include classes, weight and
cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic
massage and skin care. Flexible pricing, with
several options available for members and
nonmembers. Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.
com or call 650-364-9194 to get started.
Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 956
Main St. – Hector has been in the insurance
business and with State Farm for 20 years. He
specializes in auto and business insurance. A local
resident, he also provides servicio en español!
Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.
Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – The
friendly and reliable team at Saf Keep is ready
to assist you with a variety of storage products
and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit
their website at www.safkeepstorage.com to see
exactly what products and services are available.
Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see
why their service makes the difference.
St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a
great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He
crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an
incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I
would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are
looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry,
shopping local does not get better than this.
Woodside Terrace – 485 Woodside Road, 650-
366-3900 – Woodside Terrace understands that
in choosing a senior living community, residents
are looking for much more than a comfortable
living environment to call home. Brookdale
Living’s Redwood City community delivers
inspired independent living with the promise of
exceptional experiences every day. As residents’
needs change, they are provided with a variety of
ancillary services and a personalized assisted living
environment that encourages them to continue to
live as they please.
Superintendent Jim Lianides
• And So Much More! •
By Julie McCoy, contributing writer
Jim Lianides is passionate about education and
happens to be a well-known and well-respected
figure in the local education community. For
decades, he has helped ensure youth in Redwood
City and other parts of the Bay Area are provided
with access to a quality education.
a “job of a lifetime”
Lianides currently serves as superintendent of
the Sequoia Union High School District, a public
school district that includes the communities of
Redwood City, Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park,
Belmont, East Palo Alto, Ladera, San Carlos and
“This is a job of a lifetime to be superintendent
of the Sequoia High School Union District,” he said.
Diverse student body
The Sequoia Union High School District has a
diverse student body, according to Lianides. He
estimates that 40 percent of students are Hispanic.
Knowing Spanish helps him
interact with parents
While the Hispanic students tend to speak English,
often their parents don’t, Lianides pointed out.
But fortunately it’s not a problem when he needs to
talk to those parents, because he knows Spanish.
Regular meetings with
parents, principals and the
As superintendent, Lianides meets not only with
parents but also with principals. He also attends
school board meetings and provides board members
with weekly updates about what’s going on. “All
day I’m constantly interacting with people,” he said.
Reward is working with
great teachers and
The reward of being superintendent, Lianides said,
is the opportunity to be part of “an amazing school
district with great teachers, a great administration
and a beautiful campus.”
Top challenges are
Meanwhile, the challenges are the achievement gap
that exists among students, which can be affected
by their diverse experiences, and the growth
in enrollment that the district is experiencing,
The Sequoia Union High School District currently
has 8,300 students and enrollment is expected to
grow to 10,000 by 2020, something the district needs
to plan for and be prepared for, Lianides pointed out.
He obtains input from parents about how to handle
the enrollment growth. “They know we need to build
additional facilities, that we will need to go to the
community for additional funding,” he said.
A great future ahead
What does the future look like for the school
district? “The school district has a great future,”
he said. “It has great people, great staff. It will
continue to serve students. This is a district that
will continue to meet its challenges.”
Nearly five years
with the district
Lianides has been with the Sequoia Union High
School District for nearly five years. He started
off as chief business official in October 2008 and
became superintendent in July 2010.
Thirty-five years of
Prior to joining the Sequoia Union High School
District, he worked in the Pacifica School District,
first as chief business official for six years and
then as superintendent for three years.
He also was an elementary and middle school
principal in Mountain View and taught at Garfield
High School in Redwood City. He has been in the
field of education since 1978, he said.
Mom talked to him about
education being a good career
What inspired Lianides to get into the field of
education? He enjoyed his own educational experience
and teaching, he said. Also, his mom, who was a
secretary at Woodside High School, talked about
how teaching was a good career to get into.
Longtime Redwood City resident
Lianides, who was born in San Francisco, has
lived in Redwood City most of his life. He and his
parents, mom Aggie and dad Charlie, moved to
Redwood City when he was just 1 year old.
“I think I had a great childhood here,” he said.
“It is a great community today, but it was a great
Lianides attended Redwood City elementary schools,
Kennedy Middle School and Woodside High School.
He participated in baseball, football and basketball
before high school and cross-country running and
track while at Woodside High School.
“I have very fond memories of growing up here,”
His 90-year-old dad continues
to live in Redwood City
While Lianides’ mom has passed away, he lives
close to his 90-year-old dad, who continues to
reside in Redwood City and is in good health.
A love of Redwood City
Lianides likes the weather in Redwood City, that
Redwood City is close to parks and other outdoor
activities, and that it isn’t far from San Francisco.
He also is pleased with all the developments going
on in Redwood City, he said.
“This is just a nice place to raise a family,” he
said. “My kids grew up in pretty much the same
neighborhood. That doesn’t happen that often.”
living in South America
Lianides and his wife, Nancy, who is from Peru,
have two sons, who currently live in South
America. Matt, 30, resides in Lima, Peru, where
he is starting a bathing suit business, and Justin,
28, lives in Santiago, Chile, where he works
for a large multinational engineering firm. His
specialty is designing structures for long tunnels.
Enjoys traveling, hiking
When he is not busy with his superintendent job,
Lianides enjoys traveling. He’s been to not only
Peru but also Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Albania,
Italy, Spain and Holland. Additionally, Lianides
enjoys hiking and reading.
Good at construction
Lianides is pretty good at construction. His father
was a sheet metal worker and he has been able
to apply those skills in his home. “I know how
to frame, how to do plumbing,” he said. “I have
installed tile floors.”
Loves rocks and minerals
What’s one thing most people don’t know about
Lianides? He is passionate about geology and
collects rocks and minerals, he said. He has a
large collection at home and a small collection in
his office. He likes to know the names of different
formations, how they were formed and where they
are found, he said.
Gary Bulanti, broker associate for Alain Pinel
Realtors in Menlo Park, has known Lianides for
about 41 years. Even though they are both from
Redwood City, they never met one another until
they were freshmen at the University of California
at Berkeley. And they’ve been friends ever since.
“He is extremely loyal,” Bulanti said. “He is loyal
to his family, his friends, his students and his coworkers.
He is very intelligent but has a calm about
him that is very assuring. And he is unflappable.
He will remain calm in all matters and any crisis.
His intellect is very steady and unmeasured.
“Over the years, we have traveled together with
our wives and children to Peru and the Sierra
Nevada mountains. I have watched him start as a
teacher who is bilingual, [then become] a middle
school principal, business manager for a school
district in Pacifica, to business manager with
the Sequoia Union High School District, to his
current position as superintendent.
“He is well-respected by co-workers because
he has a great ability to be empathetic because he
has done those jobs. I would imagine that not that
many superintendents have that much experience
or that diverse of a background [when they take
the position]. I know he cares deeply for the district,
that it is important for him to keep the district
moving in the right direction now and in the future.
“Jim is one of my very, very best friends. He is
like family. He makes himself accessible to everyone
in his organization, to parents. He really cares that
every child in the district gets the best possible
education they can. … He is just a really caring
person. He is a loving husband and father. He’s
golden. I’m a lucky guy to have a friend like him.”
Wonderful to work with,
honest and forthcoming
Susan Vickrey first met Lianides around 1996,
when she was principal at Roy Cloud Elementary
School in Redwood City. Lianides was a principal
in another district at the time, but his two sons
attended Roy Cloud.
A few years later, Vickrey and Lianides worked
as peers in Pacifica when Lianides was the
business manager and Vickrey was director of
At Vickrey’s retirement dinner in 2010,
Lianides asked if she would be interested in
helping him out for a few weeks because his
human resources person had left suddenly. He
needed someone to start the school year while he
looked for a replacement.
“Somehow, at the party, that seemed like a
good idea,” she noted. “So I went to work for him
in Sequoia for the month of August. Well, a few
weeks became two years. I retired the second time
from Sequoia in 2012.”
Vickrey noted that Lianides “is wonderful to
work with. He is honest and forthcoming. His
word is good 100 percent of the time. He has
a quick understated sense of humor that can
leave one wondering if he was joking or not.
He is thoughtful and careful in his decisionmaking
process. He collects information and
communicates with those affected by the
outcome. There have been a number of times over
the years when I have disagreed with him. But
I knew he had evaluated the situation and done
what he honestly believed to be best.
“We are friends. Jim and his wife have been
longtime friends with my husband and me. He
was supportive through my cancer in 2008. He
is kind. He is a wonderful father for his two
“Professionally, Jim has made a difference to
thousands of kids. He taught bilingual education
in Redwood City. He was a successful middle
school principal. He balanced a difficult budget in
Pacifica. He remodeled every school in Pacifica on
time and on budget. He found funding for my many
curriculum projects that increased the district’s
Academic Performance Index (API) to over 800.
“He is working to better the educational
opportunities for all students of Sequoia. He is
magic at school funding. He understands it better
than anyone else in education and he can explain
it. He works to secure every dollar that a district
is entitled to and ensures that the money is spent
appropriately to enhance education for kids. San
Mateo County has been lucky to have him in each
of his varied positions.”
Jim has made a
thousands of kids.”
“This is a district
that will continue
to meet its
“It is a great
but it was a great
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Events Around Town South Bay Opening Day 2013
The 75th annual South Bay Opening Day of the sailing season included the blessing of the fleet, a decorated boat parade, exhibits in the Sequoia Yacht Club parking lot, police
and fire departments, West Marine/Leukemia Foundation, Dock-walkers, Power Squadron and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Water activities also included a Coast Guard cutter,
rowing club and kayaking demonstrations and the Sea and Mariner Scouts. The Sequoia Yacht Club offered a breakfast. The theme of the event was “75 years of making waves
on the South Bay.” This year’s grand marshal was Coast Guard Rear Admiral Karl Schultz.
Redwood City Residents Take Public Safety
Into Their Own Hands
Redwood City residents are banding together and hitting the streets after
recent burglaries near their homes have left them feeling unsafe.
About 40 people hand-delivered fliers to their neighbors that detail tips
from the Redwood City Police Department on how to prevent burglaries.
Foster Kinney walked through the neighborhood near John Gill School. “I
did this because I want to meet more people in my area,” Kinney told Patch.
com. “I will concentrate on late afternoons, when more people are home, so I
can deliver the message directly,” Kinney said.
People were generally friendly and receptive, according to the block walkers.
As residents went door to door, they shared stories about their experiences
with burglaries. Kinney was told tales of burglars entering through open windows
and tools disappearing from construction sites.
Many of the volunteers who patrolled their neighborhoods said they were
inspired to take to the streets by “the LKs,” Larry and Loretta Knight.
Loretta Knight said she was very worried about how bold criminals are
becoming in her community. “There was a man going door to door, shaking
door knobs on James Street to see if anyone was home,” Knight said. “He was
obviously not selling anything,” she said.
Although she was not able to join her neighbors because of an injury,
Knight said that volunteers would be walking through Eagle Hill and the
Roosevelt neighborhoods each weekend through the month of June. The
plan is to get many Redwood City residents involved, so neighbors can get to
know each other and create a neighborhood watch.
Knight said she got the idea from Ernie Schmidt, chair of the Redwood
City Planning Commission.
On May 10, Schmidt shared a message with his neighbors on Nextdoor,
a private social network, asking them if they wanted to watch out for one
another. People immediately replied en masse. Schmidt gave 800 fliers to
volunteers to distribute.
“We had neighbors volunteering from Woodside Plaza, the Farm Hill area
and even San Carlos,” Schmidt said. “We are going to be hitting as many
neighborhoods as we can; we are not limiting it to our own neighborhoods.
Reason being is that we hope that we can inspire more neighbors to walk as
the weekends go by,” he said.
Some residents, such as Doraine Couillard, said they were able to do only
half of their planned routes because they ran out of fliers.
“I found that the people I actually got to speak with were both gracious and
receptive, and very happy to see that people are being proactive in this effort
to build a more secure community,” Couillard said. “I also found along the
way that many people have installed security systems, although it remains to
be seen if they are actually effective to deter thieves,” Couillard said.
Editor’s note: This article first appeared on www.redwoodcity-woodside.patch.com.
RCSD schools, including:
• Three RCSD schools — Hawes, Henry Ford and Taft — have been
removed from the state’s Program Improvement list.
• Three RCSD schools were named California Distinguished Schools:
Adelante, Orion and North Star Academy.
• North Star Academy was awarded a National Blue Ribbon Award.
• The district’s Academic Performance Index (API) score rose 24 points in
2012, the highest one-year gain since 2003.
• Several schools, including Kennedy and Roosevelt, made dramatic API
gains in 2012 of 81 and 62 points, respectively.
• Adelante, Clifford, Henry Ford, Hoover, Kennedy, North Star, Orion and
Roosevelt have received Kent Awards from the San Mateo County School
Boards Association for innovative practices.
• The entire RCSD K–3 teaching staff won a San Mateo County Literacy
Award for their work in using assessments to improve reading.
• The Redwood City School District was one of 11 districts statewide to win
a “Champion for Fitness” Spotlight Award from the California Governor’s
Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Christensen has developed and strengthened partnerships between RCSD and
local government, businesses and nonprofit organizations, including Stanford
University, that have resulted in the district’s ability to continue providing
strong support services to students during a time of declining state revenue.
Christensen has been an active member of the Redwood City community,
serving as president of the San Mateo County Superintendent’s Association,
chair of the San Mateo County of Education SELPA Board, vice chair of
the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce and on the
Sequoia Hospital Community Advisory Council. She was born and raised
outside of Detroit, Mich.
Christensen began her work in education in 1978 in Plymouth, Mich., as a
middle school teacher, teaching grades 6–8. In 1981 she moved to Alaska and served
in teaching and administrative positions, eventually serving as assistant
superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Anchorage School District.
She graduated from Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor’s
degree in history and minored in English. She also earned a master’s degree from
Eastern Michigan University in educational leadership. She has completed
postgraduate course work in leadership, curriculum and instruction at Gonzaga
University in their doctoral program. She has also been an adjunct professor
at University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she taught courses in curriculum
and leadership, organizational development and leadership, and politics and education.
Christensen was honored on April 29 at the Grosvenor Hotel in South San Francisco.
Redwood City School District Superintendent Jan
Christensen Named Superiendentent of the Year
Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, Arts and Bar-B-Que
Festival on July 27 & 28
Jan Christensen, superintendent of the
Redwood City School District, has been The Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, Arts and Bar-B-Que Festival on July
named Superintendent of the Year for Region 27 and July 28 features blues musicians from the Bay Area and beyond.
5 by the Association of California School This year, for the first time, the festival is going to two days of music! There
Administrators (ACSA). Region 5 includes will be a full range of blues musicians on Saturday. On Sunday, the stage
San Mateo and San Francisco counties. will include gospel, R&B and much more. The festival offers wonderful live
Board president Shelly Masur said, “As music, a family area with an arcade for children, and delicious food, and
board members we are proud of Jan. She is showcases Redwood City’s Courthouse Square, along with Redwood City’s
a recognized leader across the state and is downtown merchants and restaurants. Thank you to San Mateo Credit Union
consistently sought after for her input and for being a major sponsor this year!
thoughts. We know that our district’s children In its eighth year, the festival will feature a Bar-B-Que Cook-off Competition
directly benefit from all her hard work and are so grateful for her leadership.” sponsored by the Redwood City Downtown Business Group, where amateur
Christensen joined the Redwood City School District as superintendent and professional chefs compete for fun, plaques and barbecue glory. Plus, the
in May 2006. Under her leadership, the Redwood City School District has unique artist booths of Art on the Square will fill the square with stunning art
embraced educational reforms and new instructional strategies that have all day on Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from this fun and exciting family
resulted in significant academic gains, a narrowing of the achievement gap
among its diverse student population, and numerous awards and honors by (continues on page 23)
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movies that will delight kids and adults alike,
including classics like “My Fair Lady” on June
13, along with newly released flicks such as “The
Hunger Games” on July 18 and “The Croods” on
Aug. 15, among many others. Come early for the
best seats (a limited number of chairs and tables
are available), bring your blankets and pick up
take-out food from any of the nearby wonderful
restaurants. Redwood City is the only city in
California offering surround-sound movies, so
come enjoy the scene and experience outdoor
“theater” with our 25-foot screen.
Music on the Square
Free music every week throughout the summer!
The 2013 season features 17 impressive concerts
not to be missed on Friday evenings from 6 to 8
p.m., beginning with Steelhorse on June 7. With
top-quality local and national musical performers
— from rock, blues and pop to Latin, reggae and
much more — music fans of all ages will be
thrilled to discover and enjoy our free summer
concert series, this year through Sept. 27.
Art on the Square
Art on the Square features the best in fine arts
and crafts for six juried special events, starting
on June 14 at Courthouse Square in downtown
Redwood City. Complementing Music on the
Square and the PAL Blues Festival, Art on the
Square showcases original painting, photography,
jewelry, glass, ceramics and more, at prices for
every budget. It’s great fun to wander the booths
and discover unique items at prices for every
budget. There’s also exquisite jewelry at every
show, and for those who can’t get enough of it
we’ve added Jewelry on the Square on July 12.
Plus, every Art on the Square event is combined
with great music, food and fun!
Kidchella: Kids’ Concert Series
Redwood City is proud to offer Kidchella, a new
music series especially for kids. For three Sundays
this summer, the ubiquitous Andy Z will be the Master
of Music and Play by bringing his high energy to
Courthouse Square. Sponsored by the Redwood
City Public Library, this new series will provide
a safe and fun environment for kids to dance
and enjoy live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The
first event, on June 30, will feature Alison Faith
Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock. On Aug. 18, Andy Z
will also be performing with The Andyland Band,
and The Hip Waders will complete the series on
Sept. 15. Your family will be thrilled to enjoy free
live music along with an inflatable play land at
the new Kidchella series this summer!
Classical Music Series
For the classical music lover, or anyone who appreciates
great musical talent, Redwood City continues its
Classical Music Series in June. The series launches
at 6 p.m. on June 29 with Redwood Symphony and
continues on July 20 with Opera San José and on
July 21 with the West Bay Community Band at
5 p.m., then winds up on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. with
Bay Shore Lyric Opera. Families will love these
free classical concerts, performed outdoors on
beautiful Courthouse Square.
Shakespeare in the Park
Celebrating its 31st year, San Francisco
Shakespeare Festival brings its performance of
“Macbeth” to Redwood City for three weekends
in August! Shakespeare in the Park will offer
three evening shows on Saturdays and three
afternoon shows on Sundays while providing
an opportunity for everyone to see high-quality,
professional theater in the relaxing setting of
the Sequoia High School campus, free of charge.
Treat yourself to some Shakespeare this August!
Society of Western Artists
2625 Broadway, Redwood City
The Society of Western Artists will be presenting
a watercolor demonstration by artist Michael
Reardon on June 15 at 1 p.m. at the SWA.
Reardon is an award-winning artist, teacher and avid
traveler. He is inspired to create by landscapes
and architecture from around the world. Using
his extensive background in architecture and
illustration, he composes convincing and evocative
watercolors, both in plein air and studio painting.
He is a signature member of the American Watercolor
Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor
West and the California Watercolor Association.
He is also an artist member of the California Art Club.
Reardon will take one of his plein air watercolors and
recreate it during his demo. SWA demonstration
meetings are free and open to the public.
The Caldwell Gallery
400 County Government Center, Hall of
Justice, Redwood City
The San Mateo County Arts Commission sponsors
three galleries located at San Mateo County Center
in Redwood City. The Caldwell Gallery is located
at 400 County Center with the Community Gallery
located downstairs near the café. The Rotunda
Gallery exhibits 3-D works and is located at 555
County Center. The galleries are open during
business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. For more information, please visit our website
Clockwise from top left:
Joyce Barron Leopardo, “Delightful,” mixed
media. Marianne Lettieri, “What the Poet Left
Behind,” mixed-media assemblage. Debora
Crosby, “Life Cycle,” mixed-media collage.
Joyce Savre, “There Is Light,” mixed-media
collage. Dave Putnam, “Jellyfish,” aluminum,
stainless steel and concrete. JinHee Lee,
Two young Academy of Art University graduates,
Brandi Lee of San Bruno and JinHee Lee of Pacifica,
are showing their abstract mixed-media paintings
in the show “Hot and Cold” at the Caldwell
Gallery in Redwood City now through July 5.
“Experimental Evaporation: A Visual Record
of Water, Gravity and Time” is the inspiration for
this series of mixed-media paintings by Brandi
Lee. She used copious amounts of water and
various inks on mylar while utilizing the gentle
process of evaporation “in an ongoing attempt to
unify the seemingly opposing passions in my life:
art and science.” She continues, “Each piece is
a culmination of numerous artistic experiments
similar in progression to the scientific method.
Texture and form are created through an everexpanding
arsenal of unique application and
manipulation techniques.” This award-winning
growing artist is a founding and current member
of the female artists’ group CLIQUE and is
interning with and writing gallery reviews for
Alan Bamberger of Art Business.com.
Born in South Korea, JinHee Lee bases
her abstract acrylic paintings on her unique
experiences with nature. “I portray mankind’s
sensibility in abstraction, expressing impressions
I have gained by witnessing mystical and
beautiful things happening in Mother Nature with
nonobjective forms and colors.” She is currently
in the master’s program at Academy of Art
University and also a member of the female artist
group CLIQUE, founded by Brandi Lee.
Concurrently with this show in the Caldwell
Gallery, which is on the first floor at 400 County
Center, is “Colorful Mysteries,” featuring acrylic
and oil paintings by Helga Christoph of Redwood
City and acrylic and mixed-media paintings by
Fleur Spolidor of San Carlos. The Community
Gallery is located on the lower level of the 400 building.
In the adjacent 555 County Center building’s
Rotunda Gallery is furniture and sculpture by
Belmont resident Paul Rubas. Rubas recycles
and reshapes materials, including metals, various
woods and sandstone.
All three shows are sponsored by the San Mateo County
Arts Commission and curated by Teresa Silvestri.
Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through
Fridays. Visit www.co.sanmateo.ca.us.
Change your habits! Mobius Fit
is not a fad, it’s a lifestyle.
We can change your life.
Special Event, Free to the Public
Join us for a Super Group Class on
Sat., June 22nd. at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Take one of these classes (call for a
reservation) and receive a one week
pass. Join the club and take
50% off the initiation fee!
1709 Woodside Road • Redwood City, CA 94061 • 650-365-3300
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you get. I’ve noticed my body is so much happier.
It shapes your muscles. It relieves tension on your
body. I don’t have any strains or pains.”
The trainers are really strong, professional and
qualified, Black noted. “There’s no place I’d rather go,”
she said. “I feel like I’m not missing anything, not
to mention it’s fun. I definitely would recommend
it to other people. They’re so encouraging. They
really help you meet your goals. They offer the total
person. They’re so personal. It’s very personal.”
Motivation to work out and
Stephanie Rudd, another Menlo Park resident who
participates in the RAW classes at Mobius Fit, said,
“I like it because it motivates me to work out and
challenge myself. It’s a great gym. Good classes.”
Something for everyone
Atherton resident Joyce Gelbach said what stands
out for her as a Mobius Fit member is the small
group training. “I like the routine,” she said. “I
like the variety. I like that the trainer is pushing
you at every station you’re at. And the trainers are
really good, too. There’s something for everyone.”
What: Mobius Fit
Address: 1709 Woodside Rd.
Hours: Monday through
Friday 5:30 a.m.–9 p.m.,
Saturday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
333 Bradford St. Ste. 150 Redwood City
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festival will directly benefit the important programs of the Redwood City
Police Activities League (PAL). The PAL offers prevention and intervention
programs to the youth of the community, including citywide sports programs
and after-school programs.
Sponsorship and food and business booth opportunities are still available.
Call Steve Penna at 650-218-0358 for complete details.
New Location Identified for Kiwanis Farmers Market
The Redwood City Kiwanis Club’s Saturday farmers market has been a
beloved fixture in downtown Redwood City for over three decades. The
market operates April through November from 8 a.m. to noon, presently at
the corner of Winslow Street and Hamilton Street, directly across from the
Middlefield Road parking lot. With construction of the new Redwood Tower
building in the Middlefield lot anticipated to begin in fall of 2013, along with
other development possibilities in the vicinity, the Redwood City Kiwanis
Club and city staff have been working together to find a suitable new location
for the farmers market.
The city and the Redwood City Kiwanis Club are pleased to jointly
announce that the Saturday farmers market will move to a section of
Arguello Street north of Marshall Street, as early as September of this year,
pending final approval by the City Council. To accommodate the market’s
Saturday morning operations, Arguello Street will be closed from Marshall
Street north to about halfway down the block toward Brewster, along with a
half-block of Bradford Street from Arguello. Parking will be encouraged in
the Perry Street Caltrain lot, and the San Mateo County Center garage. Use
of Caltrain for out-of-town patrons will also be encouraged, offering easy,
direct access between the Redwood City Caltrain station and the market’s
This move is being proposed to assure that the Redwood City Kiwanis
Farmers Market’s successful operation can continue, and that it remains the
wonderful Saturday morning Redwood City tradition that has endured for
so many years. If approved by the City Council, it’s anticipated that the first
market in the new location will be on Sept. 7. However, that may move to a
later date depending on the final construction schedule for Redwood Tower.
“Our staff’s close work with the Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market
has made this transition possible, and we’re very pleased to be able to come
to such a positive outcome for a new location,” said Redwood City Mayor
Alicia Aguirre. “I want to encourage everyone to be sure to visit the market
on Saturday mornings, both at the current location and at their new home on
Arguello once they relocate this fall.”
Caroline McHenry, president of the Redwood City Kiwanis Club and
manager of the farmers market, noted, “The Redwood City Kiwanis Club
is all about supporting the community, and through our close relationship
with the city, we’ve been able to both find a great new site and do our part to
support the future of downtown.”
The Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market is the oldest and largest farmers
market on the Peninsula. It was started in 1979 with the intention of supporting
local independent farmers and supplying the community with fresh produce.
• The Geri Mayers Memorial Community Service Award: Marissa Scully,
Woodside High School
• The Walter Butler Memorial Scholarship: Leah Bustos, Woodside High School
• The Bogart Family Scholarships: Michelle McLaren, Woodside High School
• The Charles and Jean Rigg Scholarship: Ze Martinho, Sequoia High School
• The Maggie Cuadros Memorial Scholarship: Manuel Espinoza, Sequoia
• Yamada Family Scholarships: Rebekah Steiner, Andrea Vidal, Kristal
Padilla, Sequoia High School
Fourth of July Parade Run Registration Open
Registration is now open for this year’s Parade Run in downtown Redwood
City on July 4. Last year, the number of participants reached full capacity,
so there is a chance there may be a cap on the number of entrants this year.
Don’t miss out! Register early to secure your spot. It’s easy; just go to www.
For families, there is the Family Pack Special (two adults and two
children). If you register together, you will receive a $20 voucher good toward
a new pair of shoes at one of the two packet pick-up locations, Fleet Feet
Sports and Roadrunner Sports, on pick-up day. Family T-shirt sponsorships
are also available until June 1 — make your family famous by putting your
name on a stylish race T-shirt.
All proceeds go toward supporting the Redwood City Education
The RCEF has been working since 1983 to advance and enrich education
opportunities for all students in the K–8 Redwood City School District. Learn
more at www.rcef.org.
Kiwanis Awards Scholarships to Local High School Students
The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club of Redwood City has selected 10
local high school students as recipients of their annual scholarship program.
Senior students from Sequoia and Woodside high schools were honored at the
annual dinner on May 22 at the Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City.
The following senior high school students have demonstrated academic
achievement and commitment to community service and volunteerism and
will receive these awards:
• Phillip Wang Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club Scholarship: Andrew
Blatner, Woodside High School
• The Key Club of Sequoia High Scholarship: Banyra Michelle Vasquez,
Sequoia High School
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planting program going in the NFO area. The
group did some work at the community center and now
wants to expand their efforts beyond the incorporated
boundaries and work in the unincorporated areas
as well. It is all Redwood City after all, right? That
is how we all have to think!
Now, as you may have already heard, Slocum
recently announced that Safeway will run the new
pharmacy that is part of the south county clinic
that will open on Nov. 4. At this time, there isn’t
a pharmacy in North Fair Oaks, so this will be a
wonderful and needed addition.
The new south county clinic in the North Fair Oaks
neighborhood will offer adult primary care,
pediatric primary care, dental care, a lab, a fullservice
pharmacy, a health educator and health
library (complete with Internet access), mental
health counseling, community rooms and a garden.
The facility will have 174 parking spaces as well
as a SamTrans bus stop in front. SamTrans is
planning to increase the number of routes between
East Palo Alto and Redwood City in November
to transport patients formerly seen at Willow
Clinic to the new clinic. Needed improvements
to the entrance to the clinic (which is actually a
driveway) are planned as well.
The clinic will be home to 108 staff members
who will provide care to 19,000 individuals each
year and offer approximately 70,000 patient visits,
according to Slocum. Things are happening in NFO!
There are obviously more issues to be discussed
and addressed in the NFO area, but things are finally
moving forward. The Sheriff’s Office has two
substations in the area, crime and gang violence
seems to be at least controllable and businesses
seem to be taking an interest in getting involved.
The recent cleanup had the San Mateo Credit
Union, Recology, El Grullense, the City of Redwood
City, the North Fair Oaks Youth Group, St. Anthony’s,
the Bay Area Gardeners Association, the Fair Oaks
Biblioteca and Redwood City schools helping out.
That is what we need: residents, government and
businesses all working together, and Slocum is
showing strong leadership in gathering the community
coalition that will step up and make a difference.
So, in conclusion, with district elections come
supervisors who can work harder for those they
actually represent instead of having to try to appease
voters districtwide. We are seeing that here in the
NFO neighborhood, and so far the results are outstanding.
What we are also seeing is a supervisor who does
not have to discount a portion of the electorate
because they don’t vote or contribute to campaigns
and therefore only need to be visited during
festivals and publicity events. That is additional
freedom to really get to work, really know the
community and really make a difference.
After all, isn’t that what elected officials are
ultimately supposed to do?
I think I like the elect-by-district structure. Who
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Insurance Tips: Protect Yourself Before Hitting the Road by Getting RV Insurance Coverage
By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum
Ahhh… Recreational vehicle and motor home travel. But, as
you are relaxing, have you made sure you have adequate
motor home or trailer insurance? Yes, it is a nice convenience
to travel by motor home or trailer, because you get to take
along the comforts of home. Whether camping or just RVing,
having the comfortable luxuries of furniture, cookware, TVs
and even a cell phone and computer access right at your side
makes for a nice vacation. Unfortunately, though, by forgetting to review
their motor home insurance and trailer insurance coverage, many RVers don’t
take the time to adequately insure all of those comforts.
You do need a separate motor home insurance policy
or trailer insurance policy
A common practice for RV owners is to insure their RV under their current
auto policy instead of purchasing a separate motor home insurance policy.
But too often the owner does not take the time to read what and how much is
covered under their auto policy. In many instances, RVs are not adequately
covered under auto policies.
Don’t forget about personal property
RV owners often hesitate to buy RV insurance for their personal property
because they think that the personal property in their RV will be covered
under their homeowners policy. This is true, but coverage on personal
property is limited when the property is kept somewhere other than the
“residence premises.” Often the limit in a standard policy is very low and the
usual policy deduction would apply.
You may need to search for a specialty trailer
insurance or motor home insurance company
To insure proper and adequate coverage, an RV owner should add separate
RV insurance coverage to their current auto policy. If the RV owner’s
insurance carrier does not have this type of coverage available, there are
insurance companies that specialize in RV insurance coverage. Usually the
cost is minimal, especially compared to the alternative of finding out the RV
and its contents were not covered after a disaster happens.
Editor’s note: Please note that this article is for general information only and is not a professional
consultation. Always seek specific information from a licensed insurance professional. Hector
Flamenco is an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.
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 June.
Friday Movies for Everyone
Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)
Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center for a free feature movie in
our state-of-the-art movie theater! We always try to have popular recent
releases. Please note: Movies may be changed at any time due to availability.
Whenever possible, movies are shown with captioning.
June 7: “Silver Linings Playbook”
June 14: “Hitchcock”
June 21: “Zero Dark Thirty”
June 28: “Promised Land”
SamTrans Trip to the Senior Day
at the San Mateo County Fair
Tuesday, June 11, $1 each way
Learn how to ride the bus to the fair. To participate in this fun-filled “field
trip,” you must attend the planning meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 1:15–2:30
p.m., in our Goldstar Room in the Main Building. To sign up, call Donna at
650-369-6650. Space is limited. This will be a day of fun; don’t miss out!
Bingo, Bunko & Bridge
June 22, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $35/person
Sponsored by the Peninsula Hills Women’s Club, this event will be held to
raise funds to support families of veterans in recovery at Fischer House in
Palo Alto. Lunch will be included in the price of your ticket. Call 650-366-
6860 to make your reservation for this fun-filled event.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon
Redwood Room, $5
Our new chef, Gavin Gonzado, executive chef at Portobello Grill here in Redwood
City, is now cooking on-site and our diners rave about the variety and quality
of the meals he’s preparing. Our meals always include soup or salad, an entrée,
dessert and your choice of beverage: coffee, tea, milk, water or all four. Make
your reservation for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 650-780-7259.
Chair Yoga With Ruth West
Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Sunset Room, Main Building, $5 drop-in
Want an easy exercise program that will help improve your flexibility and
overall heath? Then this is the program for you. This is an ongoing class, so
no registration is required. Just come on in and start or continue your journey
to greater wellness. For more info, call the Adaptive PE folks at 650-368-7732.
SAVE THE DATE
Fourth of July Gathering:
A Traditional Barbecue With All the Fixins
Wednesday, July 3, noon, $8/person
Come and celebrate our nation’s birthday. If you’ve been before, you know
this is a fun time to spend with old friends and new. If you haven’t been to
our July Fourth gathering yet, now’s your chance to join in the fun.
Please note: The center will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5.
We will reopen for our regular hours and programs on Monday, July 8.
Active Aging Week
Once again our good friends in the Adaptive Physical Education program will be
hosting this health and wellness minded week of activities and presentations.
We will have more information for you as the event draws nearer.
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-
7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and
supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City
Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks
Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as
well as information, referral and counseling services to persons living in
Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more
than you think! Its website is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
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A Minute With Robert Foucrault
Robert Foucrault was born in Daly City and attended local grammar schools. He graduated from El
Camino High School in South San Francisco in 1981.
He then attended Skyline Community College and joined the San Bruno Police Department.
He joined the Coroner’s Office in 1992 and was promoted to chief deputy coroner in 1998. As deputy
coroner, he assumed the duties when Coroner Adrian “Bud” Moorman died on April 10, 2001. He was
re-elected to the position in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
His duties include maintaining emergency operation centers throughout San Mateo County to better
prepare us in the event of a major disaster, developing educational programs for end-of-life caregivers
and hospices, and improving our overall efficiency in responding to the community.
He began the Save-A-Life program in the hope is that those completing the class will have an opportunity
to examine their past decisions, take control over their lives and, ultimately, end their reckless behavior.
The program is designed for at-risk juveniles who have demonstrated a disregard for their own safety and
the safety of others by engaging in risky, reckless or violent behavior. The program includes classroom
instruction and a tour of the coroner’s morgue at the San Mateo Medical Center.
He has been married for seven years to his wife, Robin. He has two stepchildren, Josh and Nicolas.
He is a member of the California State Corners Association and the One Hundred Club. He served as
president for both groups. He is on the board of the Redwood City Police Activities League, is a member
of the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce and attends Redeemer Lutheran Church.
His hobbies include golfing, swimming, bike riding and enjoying the Napa Valley during the summer.
County budgets are?
As coroner, what is your main responsibility?
To provide compassion and respect to the community
during a most trying time.
Use one word to describe the business climate in
What is one thing you could tell us about
yourself that others would be shocked to know?
That I am a very caring person.
Who did you wish you were when you were a kid?
What phrase do you most overuse?
You gotta be kidding me.
What is your motto?
It can be done.
You are inspired by?
What is a dream you have or something you’d
like to accomplish in your life?
Making sure my stepchildren get a good education.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending time with the people I love.
If you’re happy and you know it?
Clap your hands.
When you die, what would you like to come back as?
Alpio and his