Spectrum June 2013 Issue - The Spectrum Magazine - Redwood ...


Spectrum June 2013 Issue - The Spectrum Magazine - Redwood ...









The Spectrum.JUNE.2013

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

Was Saying….”

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

Insurance Tips:

Protect Yourself Before

Hitting the Road by Getting

RV Insurance Coverage – 25

Senior Activities – 25

A Minute With

Robert Foucrault – 26

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher


Anne Callery

Copy Editor


Dale McKee

Julie McCoy

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writers


James Massey

Graphic Designer


James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography


Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434


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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

fast catch-up.

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

shoot there.

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

Award-Winning Schools,

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

Appreciation Contest.

• 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

Awards Program.


• 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

Saying… Publisher

| 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

their boundaries.

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,”

Slocum stated.

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

(continues on page 24)

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.”

RAW classes

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

classes too

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

of experience

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

every day!

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

Different responsibilities

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.

Like family

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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Cultural Events

Dragon Productions

Theatre Company

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

8 p.m.

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-


Club Fox

• 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

History Museum

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

Historical Association.

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.

Ongoing Exhibits

“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

substantial impact.

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

Family Photos

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

Crisis” exhibit:

“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

August Shows

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,

email ArtontheSquare@sbcglobal.net.

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


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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1952 2012

Pete’s Harbor

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

Auto Care:

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

for lunch!”

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.

Financial Institutions:

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.

Home Improvements:

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.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real –

Hannig Law Firm LLP provides transactional and

litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The

professionals at HLF are committed to knowing

and meeting their clients’ needs through long-term

relationships and value-added services, and to

supporting and participating in the communities

where they live and work.

Real Estate:

Michelle Glaubert

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


Specialty Businesses:

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.

Superintendent role

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

Portola Valley.

“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

school board

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

achievement gap,

enrollment growth

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,

Lianides said.

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

experience overall

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

community then.”

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,”

he said.

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.”

Two sons

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

and reading

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.

Extremely loyal

to everyone

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

successful sons.

“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

difference to

thousands of kids.”

“This is a district

that will continue

to meet its


“It is a great

community today,

but it was a great

community then.”

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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.


Community Interest

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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Cultural Events (Continued from page 10)

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

at www.co.sanmateo.ca.us.

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,

“Fire,” acrylic.

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.

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person. They’re so personal. It’s very personal.”

Motivation to work out and

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Stephanie Rudd, another Menlo Park resident who

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Atherton resident Joyce Gelbach said what stands

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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

new location.

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

High School

• 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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As I Was Saying… (Continued from page 6)

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

woulda thought!

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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.

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 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.


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.

Holiday Closure

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

Sept. 23–27

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

Redwood City?


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?

A fireman.

What phrase do you most overuse?

You gotta be kidding me.

Memorable moment?

My wedding.

What is your motto?

It can be done.

You are inspired by?

Positive people.

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?



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