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                         E AGAIN

YOUTH              Barry
 of the

YEAR                  He is an

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               A Solution To Regional
                Traffic Congestion?

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       and San Mateo Counties every week to local jobs. They                    site to permit up to 12,000 new homes to help get long
       commute from Santa Rosa, Fairfield, Stockton, Livermore,                 distance commuters off our freeways and bridges.
       Gilroy and even Salinas – because there isn’t enough local
       housing to accommodate them.                                             This large site presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity
                                                                                to make major progress toward solving regional problems.
       The traffic caused by these long distance commuters is the               That’s why many major employers in the region are
       main reason why our freeways and bridges are so badly                    supporting this smart growth, transit-oriented plan.
       congested. These commuters are also the number one cause
       of air pollution and greenhouse gases in our region.                     we can reduce regional traffic, reduce air pollution,
                                                                                and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by building new
       Redevelop This Industrial Site — Put Workers Near Jobs                   housing that will allow workers to live nearer to their
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 The Spectrum.MAR.2010
 Steve Penna                                         Welcome to the March 2010 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. This month we have a little bit of
 Owner and Publisher                                 everything. So sit back on the train or at the gym, restaurant or community center, at work or at home,                          and enjoy our community news!
 Anne Callery                                        This month’s cover subject is the first to not be a current resident of Redwood City. Why was Barry
 Copy Editor                                         Jolette chosen to break that barrier? Contributing writer Nicole Minieri will tell why he is considered a                        true “Redwood Citian.” He is someone we can all be proud to have in our community.
 Judy Buchan                                         Publisher Steve Penna touches on the subjects of this November’s election and the list of “boring”
 Contributing Writer
                                                     candidates, a letter from our county manager and notes from events and parties around town in his
                                                     column, “As I Was Saying….”
 Nicole Minieri
 Contributing Writer                                 We also have stories on a Redwood City teen who was named Youth of the Year, the beginning of a                        celebration for the county courthouse’s 100th birthday and an open letter from Redwood City School
                                                     District Superintendent Jan Christensen.
 James Massey
 Graphic Designer                                    Along with all that, we bring you our regular features on community interest, senior activities,
                                                     information from the Redwood City School District, parties around town, news briefs, cultural and
 James R. Kaspar                                     entertainment events and the popular feature “A Minute With.” We also have a new advice column from
 Cover/Cover Story Photography                       Russ Castle about insurance topics. We would like to thank David Amann for providing our financial                                   advice column for many years, and we expect it will show up again in the future.
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            This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4                    Redwood City’s Blessing:                                 Meet Our Community-Minded

            RCSD Corner – 5                                  May the Luck of Jolette Enfold You! – 18                  Realtors of Redwood City – 30
           “As I Was Saying...” – 6                         Community Interest – 21                                  Fundraiser to Keep ‘Danny G’ Dancing – 31
            Celebration Begins                              Shop Redwood City – 23                                   Mayor Ira Is ‘Tapping’ Us to Be
             As Courthouse Hits 100 – 9                     News Briefs – 24                                           Code Enforcement Volunteers – 31
            Cultural Events – 11                            Budget Crisis Puts                                       Insurance Tips:
            Nonprofits in Action – 12                        Local Academic Gains at Risk – 26                         Checking With Your HR Department – 33
            The People Speak: Letters to the Editor – 13    Ontiveros Named ‘Youth of the Year’ – 28                 Senior Activities – 33
                                                                                                                     A Minute With Gino Gasparini – 34

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

This month’s cover shoot was arranged by publisher
Steve Penna through e-mail correspondence with
Connie Paniagua, who is an assistant to our cover
subject, Barry Jolette. The time that worked for
everyone was Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at the
corporate headquarters of San Mateo Credit Union at
350 Convention Way.
  Cover story photographer James Kaspar arrived first and waited in the
parking lot for Penna. He began taking shots of the front of the building as
Penna arrived, then both checked in with the front lobby receptionist.
  Paniagua welcomed them in the bottom-floor lobby and brought them up
to the administrative offices where they were greeted by Jolette. Because
they are involved with some of the same nonprofit groups, Penna has known
Jolette for several years, so they instantly felt comfortable and exchanged
jokes. Kaspar soon joined in the fun.
  The entire shoot was very lighthearted and a complete joy, with all sharing
several laughs. Stephen Tabler, vice president of marketing, joined the group
and added to the camaraderie. They continued to shoot in Jolette’s office, and     When The Spectrum goes through the process of choosing a cover subject,
that is where the props were staged for the cover photo.                         we do so recognizing that the person or business must epitomize Redwood City.
  After the session in Jolette’s office was over and goodbyes had been said,       Although Jolette does not live in Redwood City, he and San Mateo Credit
Penna and Kaspar spent a few moments with Tabler discussing SMCU’s               Union could not be more a part of our community. We are proud to tell
history, since Kaspar has been a member for approximately 35 years. The          their story and how much they do. We salute their contributions and the
entire shoot took about 30 minutes.                                              differences they make in so many residents’ lives.

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
A Community That Cares About Its Schools
                                                                            in second through fourth            Key to Excellence in Education:
                                                                            grade. Students acquire a core
                                                                            body of knowledge and skill         Greater Community Support
                                                                            appropriate for their grade
                                                                                                                “Student achievement has risen dramatically
                                                                            while singing and playing
                                                                                                                in our local schools in the last few years,” says
                                                                            percussion instruments and
                                                                                                                Jo-Ann Sockolov, president of the RCEF. “State
                                                                                                                education funding, however, is at an all-time low.
                                                                                                                Our kids need our help more than ever before.”
                                                                                Physical Education in the
                                                                                                                  Unlike nearby districts, which are funded
                                                                                                                primarily by property tax revenue and
                                                                                The RCEF worked with the
                                                                                                                supplemented by local parcel taxes and donations,
                                                                                district’s Wellness Committee
                                                                                                                the Redwood City School District relies almost
                                                                                and its partners to develop
                                                                                                                exclusively on state and federal funding. As a result,
                                                                                the FitFun Program for
                                                                                                                up to $8,000 more per student per year is spent on
                                                                                Better Learning. At its
                                                                                                                students in neighboring districts than in Redwood
                                                                                center is the FitFun Game
                                                                                                                City. Volunteers from the RCEF are working hard
                                                                                Guide, filled with enjoyable,
                                                                                                                to increase the level of local donations to our
                                                                                energetic physical activities
                                                                                                                schools. Last year the RCEF raised about $300,000,
Redwood City students sing thanks to RCEF’s Music for Learning program          that teachers can use in the
                                                                                                                approximately $34 per student, still considerably
                                                          classroom to keep students active, help them
Like most public school districts in California,                                                                less than the amount raised by neighboring
                                                          concentrate better, and develop exercise habits
the Redwood City School District is facing an                                                                   foundations, which average about $425 per student.
                                                          that last a lifetime.
unprecedented budget crisis this year. Many positions                                                             On April 30, the RCEF hosts its major fundraising
and programs were cut last year, and the district                                                               event of the year, Benefit for a Brighter Future.
                                                          SMART Grants
expects to make deeper cuts for 2010–11. The                                                                    Pacific Shores Center has donated its facility at
                                                          In partnership with Oracle Corp. and the Westly
situation is dismal, but there is one bright spot:                                                              1100 Seaport Blvd., and Google and Wells Fargo
                                                          Foundation, the RCEF brings innovation into the
the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF),                                                                   have signed on as sponsors. All members of the
                                                          classroom through its SMART grants for science,
the only all-volunteer, nonprofit organization                                                                  community are invited to attend. Tickets are $75
                                                          math, technology, literacy and the arts. Individual
that raises money for districtwide programs that                                                                until April 9 and $90 thereafter.
                                                          schools apply for grants to pay for a program or
enrich education for our local students.                                                                          “This benefit is a golden opportunity for
                                                          need at their school. For example, fourth-grade
   For the past 25 years the RCEF has reached out                                                               individuals, small businesses, corporations and
                                                          students may “work” as marine scientists “in the
to the community to raise money that provides                                                                   foundations to commit to being a ‘can-do, will-
                                                          field” for an afternoon with the Marine Science
critical programs no longer funded by the state.                                                                do, make-it-happen’ force that helps to build
                                                          Institute, making firsthand discoveries about
Programs made possible by the RCEF include:                                                                     a brighter future for our kids,” says Sockolov.
                                                          shore animals and their habitats. A school’s
                                                                                                                “Despite the enormous budget challenges our
                                                          computer lab may be equipped with interactive
Music for Learning                                                                                              district faces, every contribution does make a
                                                          whiteboards that allow teachers to access and
With partial support from the city’s Civic Cultural                                                             difference, and we hope the community will give
                                                          control classroom technology from the front of
Commission, the RCEF brings trained music                                                                       what they can to keep our schools strong.”
                                                          the room.
educators from Music for Minors to all students                                                                   To learn more about the event, visit www.rcef.

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                                        As I Was
                                        Saying…                                                                       Publisher | Steve Penna

I know I made some comments last month about           Trustee Jack Hickey and activists Michael              The San Mateo County Community College
the “beautification” project on El Camino Real         Stogner and April Vargas. If no one receives           District is considering placing a $34 annual parcel
between Broadway and Brewster, but let me just         more than 50 percent of the vote in the June           tax before voters on the June ballot. If they do,
say: This is a clear example of government at its      primary, a runoff of the top two candidates will       the board of trustees will have to hold a public
worst. Disrupting traffic, practically eliminating     be held in November. Another good race.                hearing, and if they do that, it will be on March
foot traffic, decreasing business and sales tax           The race to replace retiring county Tax             10. I don’t care what any consultant or board
revenues and lessening people’s personal incomes       Collector/Treasurer Lee Buffington could               member says, if this goes before voters in June, it
all for the sake of making elected officials feel      potentially be a good one with Richard Guilbault       will fail! The district should look at making some
good about making our “gateway” look beautiful.        (president of Guilbault Asset Management),             across-the-board administrative salary cuts before
   I don’t know about you, but I feel so much          Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector Sandie Arnott,          coming back to taxpayers again and again.
compassion for those businesses affected and
losing so much income. It is just so wrong! You
would think that maybe some government entity
                                                       former Burlingame Mayor Joe Galligan and
                                                       Dave Mandelkern, vice president of the San
                                                       Mateo County Community College District,
would try to help those businesses with financial      all announcing their campaigns for the June 8          The recent retirement celebration to honor
compensation or provide some advertising or            election. Sparks are already flying in this race and   Corinne Centeno was a fantastic event attended
marketing dollars to encourage us all to use those     we haven’t even really begun.                          by a who’s who of politicos, citizens and city
businesses during this difficult time. But they           When County Clerk/Assessor Warren Slocum            staff. In attendance were council members Ian
don’t, so I will.                                      announced that he would retire instead of running      Bain, Jeff Gee, Barbara Pierce and John
   I will admit that I do not frequent any of those    for re-election, current County Supervisor             Seybert; former Mayors Dick Claire and Georgi
businesses on a regular basis and sure do not want     Mark Church did what every office-hopping              LaBerge; Diane Howard; County Supervisor
to take any dollars out of the pockets of other        politician should do and declared he is running to     Rich Gordon; City Manager Peter Ingram and
businesses in our community, but let’s all of us       replace him. Who cares if he will cost the county      former City Manager Ed Everett; Police Chief
— yes, including you — try to use one of those         hundreds of thousands of dollars to hold a special     Lou Cobarruviaz and former Chief Carlos
businesses during the next month to show them          election to then replace him? So far there is no       Bolanos; Fire Chief Jim Skinner; city staff
our support and encouragement and that we hope         competition against him. Former Redwood City           members Bob Bell, Chris Beth, Arnella Bibbs,
they can financially survive this “beautification”     Mayor Ira Ruskin was rumored to be a potential         Chris Cesena, Chu Chang, Karen Chew,
and still be around when it is through. Times are      candidate, but that is highly unlikely considering     Teri Chin, Jill Ekas, Ed Hernandez, Debbie
hard enough right now for all businesses without       he has his eyes on a Senate seat. Can you say          Jones-Thomas, Jane Light, Mike Lynch, Ron
having to deal with this “beautification” project      boring? I am not talking about the race; I am          Matuszak, Denise Monroe, Brian Ponty, Beth
and the negative effects.                              talking about the candidate.                           Ross, Bruce Utecht, Pat Webb, Susan Wheeler
   Once the “beautification” is complete, you will        Stacie Nevares, a former office assistant in the    and Lucas Wilder; community leaders Warren
see a great big celebration with elected officials     San Mateo County Coroner’s Office, declared            Dale, Maria Diaz-Slocum, Pete and Ginny
and others involved patting each other on the          she will seek to unseat her former boss, Coroner       Hughes, Bonnie Miller, Erin Niemeyer, Tamara
back. Let’s just hope it is not in front of any more   Robert Foucrault, in the June election. Talk           Piulle, Bob Slusser, Susan Swope, Paula Uccelli,
empty storefronts.                                     about a candidate who literally knows “where the       Donna Vaillancourt, Shawn White, and Alex

                     .…                                bodies are buried.”
                                                          It looks like Chief Deputy District Attorney
                                                       Steve Wagstaffe will have no competition
                                                                                                              and Cherlene Wright.
                                                                                                                 It was a great event and a great send-off for
                                                                                                              an employee and resident who has been such a
Here is a brief update on the races that will          to fill his boss Jim Fox’s seat. Only in San           hardworking part of our community. I have a hunch

affect Redwood City voters in this June’s and          Mateo County could a high office like that go          we have not heard the last of her. Best of luck!
November’s elections.                                  uncontested when most likely there will not be
  The race to fill Ira Ruskin’s 21st District state    another chance of doing so for some 16 years.
Assembly seat will have newcomer Josh Becker              It looks like County Sheriff Greg Munks will
facing off against political veterans Palo Alto        skate through to another four years in office, as no   San Mateo County Manager David S. Boesch
Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto and San Mateo            one is showing any real interest in taking him on.     recently wrote “an open letter to the San Mateo
County Supervisor Rich Gordon. This will be a             Several important Superior Court judge seats        County community” to several newspapers and
great race to watch if Becker runs the campaign        are also up, but, as expected, no one seems to be      media outlets. I still do not understand why he
he needs to as the outsider and newcomer. Voters       willing to step up and make a challenge.               wrote the letter, but let’s just go with it as a gesture
are rightfully eating that up right now.                  I have a lot of candid comments and insights        from the county to our community about giving.
  The race to fill Gordon’s county supervisor seat     into several of these races and can’t wait to share      In his letter he stated that “This past year has
will see at least five candidates: former County       them with you once the candidates have all             been a difficult one for many. Unemployment is
Sheriff Don Horsley, San Carlos Councilman
Matt Grocott, Sequoia Healthcare District                                   .…
                                                       qualified and started campaigning.
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Celebration Begins As Courthouse Hits 100
The historic San Mateo County Courthouse hits             Saturday, March 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: A          building, including former U.S. Supreme Court
the century mark this summer and, to celebrate,           children’s craft program featuring the courthouse    Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
the San Mateo County Historical Association               building and its architecture.
recently kicked off a slate of activities to honor                                                             Sunday, July 4: Special presentations during
the grand building.                                       Saturday, April 24, at 1 p.m.: Children’s            the Redwood City parade and opening of the
  The courthouse — recently renovated and                 Edwardian Tea Party, a lesson on etiquette of the    exhibit “If These Walls Could Talk.” Participation
known for its beautiful stained-glass dome —              1910s.                                               by organizations that originally celebrated
houses the historical museum and is even used for                                                              the courthouse’s opening in 1910 and family
courtroom settings in films.                              Sunday, May 16, from noon to 5 p.m.: Free            activities, including Fourth of July crafts with
  The building and its adjacent Courthouse                admission day for Honoring Our Heritage:             hand-churned ice cream and distribution of a free
Square plaza form the grand centerpiece of                Immigrants Day Festival. The traditional             32-page activity book for children.
downtown Redwood City, and the association                celebration honors the cultures that have made
estimates tens of thousands of people enjoy it            San Mateo County their home. Plus, a special         Sunday, Sept. 12, from noon to 4 p.m.:
annually.                                                 salute to the courthouse as a symbol of American     Victorian Days at the courthouse with a special
  The courthouse building first opened with a             citizenship.                                         reenactment of the Strange Case of Constance
grand celebration July 4, 1910. The historical                                                                 Flood, which actually took place in Courtroom A
association began calling it home a decade ago.           Sunday, June 6, at 2 p.m.: The San Mateo             in 1931.
  The celebration kickoff on Jan. 28 included             County Historical Association’s Annual Meeting
costumed characters from the Strange Case of              for members. An in-depth presentation on the         For more information visit
Constance Flood. On Feb. 6, the Boy Scouting              construction of the courthouse will be featured.
exhibit was opened, commemorating 100 years
of both the courthouse and the Boy Scouts.                Friday, June 25: Special release of publication      Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily Journal
Remaining events include:                                 La Peninsula, dedicated to the courthouse and        newspaper.
                                                          featuring articles by those who have worked in the

In period costume, Diane Rummel prepares the
Courthouse Centennial Celebration cake inside the San
Mateo County History Museum. The museum’s 100th-
year celebration will continue throughout the year with
events and new exhibits for children and adults.

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                     SAN MATEO HARLEY OWNERS GROUP
                        6TH ANNUAL PAL POKER RIDE
                                          Benifiting Youth of San Mateo County

                                     Saturday, May 8th, 2010

       Date: May 8th, 2010                                                       BBQ: At Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage
                                                                                      975 Industrial Way Suite B
       Registration: 8:30-9:45am                                                      San Carlos, Ca 94070
                                                                                 Early Registration (Prior to April 23rd)
       Location: Peninsula Harley                                                $25 per motorcycle-$30 with rider
                 380 Convention Way                                              Registration after 4/23-Day of Ride
                 Redwood City, Ca 94063                                          $30 per motorcycle-$35 with rider
                                                                                 1 ride patch, T-Shirt, raffle ticket per bike
       Ride Out: 10am Sharp                                                                 (First 250 Riders)

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Cultural Events

‘Curtains’                                              Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant                   Who Changed the World. The exhibit chronicles
                                                                                                              the entrepreneurs who made San Mateo County
Woodside High School                                    851 Main St.                                          internationally known.
Performing Arts Center                                  Downtown Redwood City                                 Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience
March 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.                         650-366-1333                                          in San Mateo County. The exhibit tells the stories
March 7 at 2 p.m.                                                                                             of the diverse people who came to the area and
Tickets available at the door or at                     Salsa Dancing                                         explores how different groups faced hardships and
650-367-9750, ext. 4851                                 Every Wednesday                                       discrimination.
Adults $20, seniors $15, students $10                   Free                                                  Living the California Dream. The exhibit depicts
                                                        Live music and salsa dancing.                         the development of the suburban culture of San
The Woodside High School Performing Arts                                                                      Mateo County.
Department is very excited to present the               Songwriters Showcase Live
Peninsula premiere of the great big musical             Every Thursday beginning at 9 p.m.
comedy whodunit “Curtains.” This Tony Award–            Free
honored original musical comedy has music and           DJ plays until 1 a.m. Come enjoy dining,              Call for Artists
lyrics by Broadway legends John Kander and Fred         entertainment and dancing with family and friends.
                                                                                                              Art on the Square 2010
Ebb (creators of “Chicago” and “Cabaret”) and           DJ Begins Spinning at 9 p.m.
book and additional lyrics by Rupert Holmes.            Every Friday and Saturday
  “Curtains” is a send-up of backstage murder                                                                 Art on the Square is a series of juried outdoor
mystery plots. Set in 1959 Boston, the musical                                                                art shows on the streets surrounding Courthouse
                                                        Happy Hour 4–7 p.m. Drink specials and free
follows the fallout when the supremely untalented                                                             Square in downtown Redwood City. Shows are
                                                        chips and salsa.
star of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” is                                                                     held monthly from June through September and
murdered during her opening night curtain call.                                                               feature fine art and fine crafts in a variety of
Can a police detective who moonlights as a                                                                    media at price points for every budget. Art on the
musical theater fan save the show, solve the case       San Mateo County History Museum                       Square is looking for artists who work in painting,
and maybe even find love without getting himself                                                              glass, photography, ceramics, fiber and more.
                                                        2200 Broadway St.
killed? Come find out!                                                                                        There’s wonderful jewelry at each show, and for
                                                        Redwood City
                                                                                                              those who can’t get enough of it, we’ve added
                                                                                                              Jewelry on the Square on July 9.
                                                        Tue–Sun, 10–4
Angelica’s Bistro                                       $2–$4; free for children 5 and under
863 Main St.                                                                                                  Art on the Square 2010 dates:
Downtown Redwood City                                   The History Museum is housed inside the historic
650-365-3226                                                                                                    Art on the Square with Music on the
                                                        1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people              Square: Friday, June 18
                                                        visit the museum each year, and the number of
Jazz Jam                                                local residents who hold memberships is growing.
Every Wednesday, 7 p.m.                                                                                         New! Jewelry on the Square with Music on
                                                        The History Museum teaches approximately                the Square: Friday, July 9
Free                                                    14,000 children each year through the on- and
Hosted by Ken Elmore Jazz Quartet                       off-site programs. The museum houses the
Great jamming session with Ken Elmore, Dave                                                                     Art on the Square with the PAL Blues Festival:
                                                        research library and archives that currently hold       Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24
Weitzman, Fred Paclibon and Alan Harris. Just           over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and
bring your instrument and jam. Many of the              documents collected by the San Mateo County
musicians who have performed in the past have                                                                   Art on the Square with Music on the
                                                        Historical Association.                                 Square: Friday, Aug. 6
ended up playing at the Bell Theatre Room.
                                                        Ongoing Exhibits                                        Art on the Square with the Redwood
Blues Jam                                               The Great Rotunda. The stained-glass dome
Every Thursday, 7 p.m.                                                                                          City Salsa Festival: Friday, Sept. 24, and
                                                        of the rotunda, thought to be the largest in a          Saturday, Sept. 25
Free                                                    Pacific Coast public building, is the architectural
George Schoenstein has put together an incredible       highlight of the museum building.
jamming session. Besides being a great time,                                                                  Monthly jurying until shows are filled. Artists can
                                                        Courtroom A. The oldest courtroom in San Mateo        download an application at www.redwoodcity.
the Blues Jam is also a great opportunity for the       County has been restored to its appearance in 1910.
musicians to become recognized. Many of the                                                                   org/events/Art_on_the_Square.html. Questions?
                                                        Nature’s Bounty. This exhibit gallery explores        E-mail
musicians who have performed in the past have           how the earliest people of the Peninsula used
ended up playing at Angelica’s Bell Theatre             the natural resources of the area and how those
Room. Thank you to George Schoenstein for               resources were used to help build San Francisco
bringing great blues bands to Redwood City.             after the discovery of gold in 1849.
                                                        Journey to Work. This exhibit gallery shows how
Senior Live Karaoke                                     transportation transformed San Mateo County
First and third Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.             from a frontier to suburbs.
Free                                                    Carriage Display. An exhibit of the museum’s 30
This is a special event we are doing for our seniors.   horse-drawn vehicles.
Come and sing along. Maddaline plays your favorite      Charles Parsons Gallery. An exhibit of the 23
old-time songs on the piano! Call for details.          historical model ships created by Charles Parsons
                                                        of San Carlos.
                                                        Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement. The Atkinson
                                                        Meeting Room includes the Walter Moore Law
                                                        Enforcement Collection of historic badges.
                                                        San Mateo County History Makers: Entrepreneurs

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Nonprofits In Action

Advocates for Children                                 Friends for Youth                                    demonstration of assistive devices is held on
Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo              Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,        the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
County, is actively seeking caring and consistent      watch baseball games or just have fun? Then          in the second-floor conference room at the
adults to mentor and speak up for the best             you have what it takes to be a mentor! As a          Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield
interests of these children. Over 130 children are     mentor, you can hang out with a young person         Road. Please call Marj at 650-593-6760 with any
waiting for someone who cares.                         like Reggie. He’s a 12-year-old who loves pizza,     questions.
  If you would like to become a volunteer              baseball and cars. He lives with his grandmother
advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend    and three sisters and would love to hang out with    Nursing Mothers Counsel
an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit   a guy and have fun. There are 30 boys like Reggie    Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit
their Web site ( or call           waiting to be matched with a mentor like you.        organization since 1955, provides free
650-212-4423 for more information.                     Most of the boys wait more than a year to meet       breastfeeding education and assistance by highly
                                                       their mentors.                                       trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at
City Talk Toastmasters                                    If you are interested in becoming a mentor,       least six months). To speak with a counselor (no
Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop             you are invited to attend a one-hour information     fee), call 650-327-MILK (327-6455).
communication and leadership skills. The club          session in Redwood City. For upcoming                   NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding
meets Wednesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Council        sessions, call 650-482-2871 or e-mail mentor@        supplies available for purchase and rent. Call
Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.                                 650-364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained
Call Manny Rosas at 650-780-7468 if you would                                                               counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their Web site
like to check out a meeting, or just stop in. Visit    Funders Bookstore                                    at for more information about        If you haven’t wandered into the Funders
the Toastmasters public speaking program.              Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood            Optimist Club of Redwood City
                                                       City’s hidden treasures. This project is a           Optimist International is one of the largest service
CityTrees                                              volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people      organizations in the world, where “bringing out
CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public       interested in supporting the San Mateo County        the best in kids” has been their mission for over
Works Department to enhance and care for               History Museum and simultaneously providing a        80 years.
Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant        community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A         The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets
or prune on the third Saturday of each month.          large collection of hardback first editions, trade   every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Alana’s Cafe, 1020
Check their Web site ( for a         paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and          Main St. For information, visit www.optimist.
listing of events, dates and how to join.              an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.        org or call President Ed Rosen at 650-366-7589 or
                                                       Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,        Membership Chair John Butterfield at 650-366-
                                                       11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is on the lower level of the    8803. Or just come join them for lunch to learn
Family Connections                                     San Mateo County History Museum at 2200              more about how you can make a difference to the
This nonprofit group is the only parent-               Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton          youth in our community.
participation preschool in San Mateo County            Street. Stop by for a browse!
focusing on low-income families. Their Redwood
City classrooms offer children through age 5 and                                                            Peninsula Hills Women’s Club
their parents a tuition-free learning environment      Habitat for Humanity                                 Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,
that’s supportive and fun. Family Connections          Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit    a member of the General Federation of Women’s
parents stay involved in their children’s education    organization that seeks to eliminate poverty         Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s
and, as a result, their children are more prepared     housing and homelessness from the world, and         Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the
for kindergarten and beyond. They are always           to make decent shelter a matter of conscience        community through charitable, educational and
looking for volunteers to play with the children       and action. Locally, the Greater San Francisco       service programs. Meetings are held the third
while moms and dads attend parent-ed classes,          affiliate partners with working families and the     Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For additional
organizers to help coordinate fundraisers,             community to build affordable ownership homes        information, contact PHWC, P.O. Box 1394,
and people from the business world to initiate         in Redwood City. Formed through the merger of        Redwood City, CA 94064.
new corporate partnerships. Check www.                 Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for for more information.            Humanity San Francisco in August 2008, Habitat       Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
                                                       for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a        In addition to sheltering and finding new homes
                                                       unique solution to the local housing crisis and      for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent
Family Service Agency of San                           has enabled nearly 150 families to purchase          placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),
Mateo County                                           affordable housing. Contact Jennifer Doettling,      PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The
Looking for a dependable source of skilled,            communications director, at 650-568-7335 or          shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into
reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San Visit their Web site at   low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free
Mateo County provides employers with mature,                                   “fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides
ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55                                                               a free animal behavior help line in English and
years and older. Employers contact the service         Hearing Loss Association                             Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786.
because they appreciate the superior work ethic                                                             And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave
and the commitment to quality that mature              of the Peninsula
                                                       Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,             their abusive situation but are fearful of doing
workers possess. There are no fees for hiring                                                               so because they have pets can receive temporary
candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-        international organization of hard-of-hearing
                                                       people and their relatives and friends. The          sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call
4300, ext. 4368, to place your job order.                                                                   650-340-7022, ext. 330.
   For those who are looking for work and are          nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization
at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency        is devoted to the welfare and interests of those
provides a range of services, including referrals      who cannot hear well but are committed to            Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club
for classroom training, vocational counseling,         participating in the hearing world.                  The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered
job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified       A day meeting is held on the first Monday of      in April 1988. In the years since that time, the
participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-        the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial      club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and
4300, ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.          Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational         to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at
                                                       speakers and refreshments are provided. A
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P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor

Restoration vs. smoke and mirrors?                                                    speaking up for that positive vision? They seem to prefer to make people
                                                                                      believe that we need to let Cargill build 12,000 homes in the bay in exchange
Dear Editor:                                                                          for a few playing fields. It’s just not true.
   Media has a charter to do its best in fair and balanced reporting, but it is
up to each individual reader to ask themselves what they really believe to                                                                 Joan Parker, Portola Valley
be the truth in what they see and read. If you are moved by the Saltworks
Development Project, either for or against, please do not rely on statements
from Save The Bay. Nor should one rely solely on accounts coming from                 The levees and more will be welcomed!
DMB Associates.
   DMB Associates has been very forthcoming and transparent in their                  Dear Editor:
proposal for Saltworks. They have secured water rights and paid for them                 The benefits to the community and the region from the Saltworks plan are
so water will not be impacted in Redwood City. They have offered and will             clear. We need more housing near jobs. We need parks and public open space
continue to offer site visits to anyone who wants to come out and inspect the         in Redwood City. We need the economic boost, the flood protection and new
site for themselves.                                                                  transit links that would get people out of their cars and improve traffic flow
   Furthermore, Save The Bay doesn’t have a plan for the Saltworks site,              along Highway 101.
yet they call for the full restoration. Apparently, this nonprofit from the              Experts have concluded that the project is not only feasible; it’s a once-in-a-
other side of the bay is rich in cash, as it must have the money to purchase          generation chance to fix long-standing problems in the city and region.
and restore the site. That’s funny, considering I just read that the Fish and            I live near the Saltworks area and very much look forward to the parks, the
Wildlife Service just issued their Bay Recovery Plan, which has a price tag of        levee and the restored tidal marshland.
$1.3 billion. The article also went on to say that there is no money currently           This generation needs to get moving and make sure there are no more
available to restore these already publicly owned lands.                              delays in the plan’s formal review. It’s time to stop talking and start acting.
   As I see it, the Saltworks proposal actually is about restoration, and I’m all     For the sake of our region and the next generation, let’s get this project started.
for it. All I see from Save The Bay is smoke and mirrors. Until you have an
actual plan, I suggest you focus on trying to come up with money to restore                                                              Connie Sadler, Redwood City
the lands already in public ownership.

                                           Andrew Lomano, San Mateo resident          SamTrans makes things less safe
                                                                                      Dear Editor:
Praise Save The Bay and Menlo Park                                                      A gate connecting Pico Boulevard to Twin Dolphin Drive, which has
                                                                                      for years provided important access for bicyclists and pedestrians to the
Dear Editor:                                                                          Redwood Shores levee trail, has been closed by SamTrans. This gate closure
   Cargill/DMB have been spending lavishly for three years to manipulate              disrupts bicycle traffic coming from the Whipple Avenue/Shoreway bike
the public in favor of filling the bay, and they have the audacity to claim that      path into Redwood Shores. SamTrans recommends a detour out to Redwood
“Save The Bay is trying to corrupt the process.” How about a comparison               Shores Parkway, which it claims is safer because it does not go by the yard
of how much the developers have spent compared to what project opponents              entrance. Its suggested route is through the intersection that was recently
have spent. Save The Bay and Menlo Park should be praised for trying to               the site of a bike fatality. While there is a marked bike path on Redwood
find a solution that brings more affordable housing without sacrificing our           Shores Parkway, bikers wishing to use the levee path must make two street
precious San Francisco Bay.                                                           crossings, for which there is no bike accessible signal control. I feel much
                                                                                      safer riding on Pico than I do on Parkway. It seems to me that this action by
                                        Michael Dean Hitchcock, Redwood City          SamTrans is making the situation less safe for bikers and is interfering with
                                                                                      one segment of the Bay Trail bike route.

Atlantis 94063?                                                                                                                         Richard Bitting, Redwood City

Dear Editor:
   Since the Redwood City City Council and their friends, Cargill, are hell bent on
filling in the bay for profit, let us call the new sunken community Atlantis.
   When the water rises due to global warming, this future community will
flood like Milpitas.
   What do you expect from a company like Cargill that produces bad hamburgers?

                                                 Raymond DeMattei, San Carlos               Let your opinion be heard!
                                                                                            Send your letters to or
Will levees fail?                                                                           Opinions & Letters, The Spectrum Magazine, P.O.
                                                                                            Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064
Dear Editor:
   Our San Francisco Bay is the vital, defining aspect of the Bay Area, and
                                                                                            Letters to the editor should be no longer than 300 words. Columns
it has already shrunk by one-third due to filling and paving. For that reason,
Peninsula leaders should oppose any development on the Cargill salt ponds.                  should be no longer than 750 words. Illegibly written and
There should be no housing, schools or even businesses out there — behind                   anonymous letters will not be accepted. Please include a daytime
levees that could fail. What the community does need are sports fields and                  phone number where we can reach you.
park lands that are accessible to all. Redwood City already spelled out a plan
that includes a huge new city park, protects the port and restores most of the
salt ponds back to the bay where they belong. Why is nobody on the council
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Nonprofits In Action (Continued from page 12)
Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The club, with             the foundation for future success. They raise           Redwood City Women’s Club
22 members, has frequently been honored as an             private money to provide enrichment programs            Founded in 1909 as a member of the General
outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,           to all students in the district. Their funding is       Federation of Women’s Clubs and the California
which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and part          focused on academic achievement, music and              Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Redwood City
of Marin counties. For more information or to             art, and health and wellness. They are currently        Women’s Club will celebrate its centennial in
join, call Brandy Navarro at 650-367-9394.                seeking new board members. Board members                September. The club meets the first Thursday
                                                          are responsible for attending monthly meetings,         of each month, September through June, at the
Rebuilding Together Peninsula                             chairing board committees, participating                clubhouse at 149 Clinton St., Redwood City.
RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides             in fundraising and outreach activities, and             Social at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, followed by a
free home repair and renovations for low-                 promoting RCEF in the community. If you are             meeting and program. For information, call 650-
income families, seniors and people living with           interested in the possibility of serving on the         363-1266 or visit the group’s Web site at
disabilities throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s              board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-
mission is to promote independent living in safety        7271 or For more information on
                                                          RCEF, check out                           Sequoia High School
and warmth through volunteer partnerships
with individuals and groups in the community.                                                                     Alumni Association
RTP is currently seeking skilled volunteers and           Redwood City Orators                                    The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each
construction captains for its annual National                                                                     month at the Sequoia District Board Room, 480
                                                          Toastmasters Club                                       James Ave., at 7 p.m. All alumni and friends
Rebuilding Day, when thousands of volunteers              Learn effortless public speaking as a beginner
and sponsors unite to rehabilitate the homes and                                                                  of Sequoia are welcome to attend. For more
                                                          or polish existing skills. Join the Redwood City        information call Nancy at 650-592-5822, visit the
community facilities of our low-income neighbors          Orators Toastmasters Club, a fun, friendly,
and revitalize communities across the Peninsula.                                                                  Web site at or e-mail
                                                          supportive and diverse group that meets every 
Come see how one day of your time can make a              Friday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s
difference in someone’s life. If you are interested       Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St. (at Brewster).
in volunteering, call 650-366-6597. For more              Look for their sidewalk sign or check them out at       Sequoia High School
information, visit                                      Education Foundation
                                                                                                                  The Sequoia High School Education Foundation
Redwood City Art Center                                   Redwood City Rotary                                     is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving
The Redwood City Art Center promotes creativity           Redwood City Rotary performs many service               the high school experience for all students.
and community by providing art education,                 projects, provides college scholarships and donates     Their mission is to support student success by
exhibitions, studio space for artists and outreach to     to international relief efforts. The club meets in a    investing in projects and programs that will have
the local community and schools. The Art Center           spirit of good fellowship and fun each Tuesday at       a substantial impact on the school community.
has been involved with several local events,              12:15 at the Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear       If you applaud and appreciate Sequoia’s rise
offering fun, creative art projects for children, and     speakers and plan community benefits, including         to academic prominence, consider a financial
the center hopes this is just the beginning of their      the annual July 4 raffle that raises $80,000 for        contribution that will guarantee the continuation
involvement with the community.                           12 local charities. For more information about          of the programs and resources that have made
  For scheduling or donation, contact artreach@           joining, contact Dr. Paul R. Piccione at drpaul@        Sequoia a winning school. For more information, For more general       or 650-703-5957, or          go to
information, visit           visit
or call 650-369-1823. Or visit in person at 2625                                                                  Sequoia Stamp Club
Broadway, Redwood City.                                                                                           This club was established in 1947 and invites
                                                          Redwood City Seniors Softball Club
                                                          These recreational and tournament-level senior          community members to visit. The club meets
Redwood City Eagles #418                                  men and women play slow-pitch softball all year         at the Community Activities Building, 1400
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international         long. Membership is open to anyone at least 50          Roosevelt Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday
nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth,         years old within the calendar year. Many of the         at 7:45 p.m. There is a program every meeting and
justice and equality. They support our police,            players are in their 60s and 70s and still going        refreshments are served. The dues are only $3
firefighters and others who protect and serve. The        strong. Club members play every Tuesday,                per year. Contact Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail
Eagles have provided support for medical centers          Wednesday and Thursday morning at Griffin      or visit the group’s
across the country to build and provide research          Field at Red Morton Community Park. For more            Web site at Sequoia Stamp Club
on medical conditions including heart disease,            information or to join the club, contact Joe Kirby      sponsors a free stamp show at the same location
cancer, spinal cord injuries, kidney disease, diabetes    at 650-366-5299 or               on the first weekend in December.
and Alzheimer’s disease. They raise millions of           (include “Senior Softball Club” in the subject line).
dollars every year to help handicapped kids, uplift the                                                           Soroptimist International
aged and make life a little brighter for everyone.
   They meet on the second Tuesday of each                Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club                         of South Peninsula
month at the Eagles Hall, 1575 Marshall St., at 6         This group is small but has a growing                   The Soroptimists invite you to become a member
p.m. for a social hour and dinner meeting. They           membership. All members either live or work             of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest
play cards on the third Thursday and would love           in our community and share a common goal of             service organization for business and professional
to have you join them. For more information,              making our city a better place to live. This club       women, where “improving the lives of women
call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or             is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.       and children” has been their mission since 1921.
Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or               Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously         Soroptimists work through service projects to
check out their Web site at               active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our           advance human rights and the status of women
                                                          schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.           locally and abroad. They meet the second
                                                             Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every        Thursday of every month. For more information,
Redwood City Education Foundation                         Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,             please call their president, Maria, at 650-366-
The Redwood City Education Foundation is an               2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill         0668, Monday–Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated           Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.
to providing students in the Redwood City
School District with a strong education that lays
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Parties Around Town                                                   Chamber of Commerce Mixer - Wednesday, Feb. 17

Clockwise, from left: A new chamber member mixing it up. Chamber CEO Larry Buckmaster with Keith Kadera. Vice Mayor Alicia Aguirre and Virginia Balsama of El Camino
Travel. Nancy Barnhart of POS Card Systems. More chamber members sharing in the fun. Memo Morantes with City Manager Peter Ingram.

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Redwood City’s Blessing:
May the Luck of Jolette Enfold You!
                              By Nicole Minieri

In this day and age
when blessings
are few and far
between, Redwood
City residents can
consider themselves
blessed to have
Barry Jolette as
a community
benefactor. San
Mateo Credit Union,
of which Jolette is
president and CEO,
donates several
hundred thousand
dollars every year to
numerous community
events and programs.
   “San Mateo Credit Union has for         This March, SMCU will be              Jolette means to the Redwood City           became the proud father of two.
many years played a strong role in      recognized as a major donor to yet       community. He is an absolute gem,”          Jolette moved with his family to
our communities. As a corporate         another fun and worthy Redwood           continued Hughes.                           Pleasanton, Calif., in 1980 after
citizen with a focus on service to      City event. “The Irish Night is the         “He is not only involved in the          living in such places as Michigan,
our neighbors, it’s only natural        major fundraiser for the Peninsula       community, but he has been a                Illinois, Ohio and Washington, D.C.
this aspect would be demonstrated       Sunrise Rotary,” said Connie             committed friend to the Police                 When Jolette first joined SMCU,
through staff volunteerism, event       Paniagua, Jolette’s assistant. “San      Activities League. Barry Jolette            the company had 15,700 members
underwriting, sponsorships and          Mateo Credit Union is a major            has been very good to us and we             with $57 million in assets. Under
simply maintaining a visible            underwriter and Barry is a longtime      really appreciate it,” said George          his 22-year leadership, Jolette
presence,” said Jolette. “Over          member of this service club. The         Schoenstein, who is currently chair         has grown SMCU to 70,000
the years, our staff has invested       event raises about $30,000, which        of the PAL Blues Festival and               members with $600 million in
personal time and contributions         the club then distributes to nonprofit   owns a thriving physical therapy            assets. And the list of his industry
to the American Heart Walk,             organizations to further their           practice in Redwood City. “For the          achievements over the years is
the Kainos Home and Training            activities in our community.” SMCU       last four years, San Mateo Credit           impressive: the highest national
Center, Rebuilding Together on          is also a sponsor for this year’s Miss   Union has been our sponsor, and if          honor, the Herb Wegner Memorial
the Peninsula and One Warm              Redwood City competition.                it weren’t for Barry, there wouldn’t        Award for Lifetime Achievement,
Coat.” Jolette went on to add, “I am       It is clear how privileged our        be a Blues Festival. He has given           in recognition of his outstanding
admittedly prejudiced, but I believe    community is to have such a driving      a lot to charitable organizations.          dedication to credit union values;
San Mateo Credit Union is more          force behind one of Redwood City’s       People really like Barry because he         the prestigious Leo H. Shapiro
than a financial institution. It is     most successful companies. Jolette       is very personable and has a warm           Lifetime Achievement Award for
an organization that demonstrates       possesses a level of compassion that     personality. He is also a leader            his continued service of excellence
through its actions its belief in       has become rare in our society, and      with the Rotary Club. People like           in the credit union industry; the
‘people helping people.’ And we are     he has no problem spreading his          him make the world go around,               California Credit Union League
proud to be an active participant       generosity around. “Barry Jolette        and without him we couldn’t do it.          President’s Award; the California
in contributing to make our             is a longtime supporter to our           He is one of the most prominent             Credit Union League Distinguished
community a better place to live.”      low-income housing project, and          gift-givers in the community,” said         Service Award in 1997; and the
   The lengthy list of groups and       every year Barry’s contributions         Schoenstein.                                Unsung Hero and Silent Rotarian
organizations that receive financial    are large,” said Ginny Hughes,              Jolette has remained committed           Award from the Peninsula Sunrise
help from SMCU includes Better          who works with the Kainos Home           to bettering Redwood City and               Rotary Club.
Living for Seniors, Boys & Girls        and Training Center, a program           the surrounding community since                For two consecutive years, SMCU
                                                                                                                             has been voted one of the best
“I cannot put into words what Barry Jolette means to                                                                         places to work in the Bay Area by
                                                                                                                             the San Francisco Business Times
 the Redwood City community. He is an absolute gem.”                                                                         and acknowledged by the Sequoia
                                                                                                                             Awards as an exceptional workplace
Clubs, Redwood City’s summer            for adults with developmental            1987, when he first came on board           in Redwood City.
concerts in the park, the city’s        disabilities that helps them reach       at SMCU as president and CEO.                  So, what’s a typical day like for
Community Builders program, the         their full potential in becoming         Prior to that, Jolette had worked           the good-hearted chief? “There
International Latino Film Festival,     productive, active members of the        for the National Credit Union               is no typical day, as they are all
the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom      community. “He is one of the nicest,     Administration for 19 years. He             very different,” said Jolette. “But I
Festival, the Latino Leadership         kindest gentlemen that I have ever       graduated in 1965 with a degree             usually start with the commute from
Council, Redwood City Education         met. Barry is one of our two major       in business administration and              Pleasanton, arriving at my office by
Foundation, the Redwood City            sponsors and he is so instrumental       accounting from St. Norbert College         7 a.m. Meetings begin at 9 a.m. and
Library Foundation, Redwood City        in helping us out year after year. I     in his native Wisconsin. While still        usually last most of the morning,
Police Activities League, the San       cannot put into words what Barry         in college, he married his wife and                         (continues on next page)
Mateo Historical Association, San
Mateo County Jobs for Youth, the
Sheriff’s Office youth programs,
Woodside Terrace Kiwanis Club,
the Service League, the Redwood
City Fire Department, Little League,
the Redwood City–San Mateo
County Chamber of Commerce,
the city’s Pride and Beautification
Committee, Redwood Shores and
North Fair Oaks annual clean-up
events, Sequoia YMCA, the Sequoia
Awards and the Miss Redwood
City–Miss San Mateo County
Scholarship Organization.
   Whew! But wait a minute; the
list goes on. At the corporate level,
SMCU functions as underwriter for
several annual events, such as the
Redwood City Rotary Car Raffle
fundraiser, the Blues Festival (which
benefits Redwood City PAL) and
Hometown Holidays. “These are
just a few examples of how San
Mateo Credit Union plays a defining
role in the culture of Redwood
City,” said Jolette.
                                                                                                                        Jolette with his “right hand,” Connie Paniagua

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                                                                                     In addition to his daily responsibilities at SMCU, Jolette serves as a
                                                                                   delegate of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Jolette is also
                                                                                   chairman of the board for the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU),
                                                                                   which represents 59 countries around the world. “Being chairman of
                                                                                   WOCCU is a distinct honor, as only one person in our entire credit union
                                                                                   world has that privilege each year,” said Jolette.
                                                                                     As busy as he is in his credit union career, Jolette still finds spare time to
                                                                                   enjoy with his wife and his interests, which include music, theater, the Green
                                                                                   Bay Packers and recreational reading, “like a good book on a person who
                                                                                   has made a real difference in our world, like Roosevelt, Churchill, Truman
                                                                                   and others in history. And, more recently, a good mystery,” said Jolette. “And
                                                                                   after 47 years of marriage, nothing beats time for just two people, regardless
                                                                                   of what we do!”
                                                                                     Jolette certainly keeps busy operating SMCU in the business world and
                                                                                   impacting various events and programs in Redwood City. His personal
                                                                                   philosophy extends into how he manages his staff. “Live while you are living!
                                                                                   Life is short, so make the most of it while you can. Work hard, play hard,”
                                                                                   said Jolette. “Enjoy your work, as you spend more of your working hours
                                                                                   there [than] anyplace else, but there is more to life than work: it is called
Celebrating the opening of the Fair Oaks branch were former Mayor Jim Hartnett,    family. Always take time to extend a helping hand to those in need. Look for
Sheriff Greg Munks, Councilwoman Rosanne Foust, Jolette and county board of edu-   opportunities in life where you can make a difference in the lives of others!”
cation member Memo Morantes.                                                         Indeed, Barry Jolette has made a positive change in so many lives in
                                                                                   Redwood City and is committed to continuing to be an active “doer”
except for Tuesday mornings when I have Rotary. And then there are days for        within the community. His proven track record demonstrates how much he
breakfast meetings supporting community organizations, or breakfast with           truly cares for people. As we move into March, Jolette is already working
staff members, which I do with all staff at least once a year. And a couple of     his magic to ensure that the Irish Night event will financially benefit our
nights each week there is some community event to attend. And some days            community. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, Jolette. And to everyone else,
I squeeze in time for World Council Credit Unions, Credit Union Direct             “May the luck of Jolette enfold you!”
Lending and Department of Financial Institutions. And in between is the
need to attend [to] staff issues.”
Community Interest

Foust Named to Head SAMCEDA                                                       Gemma Announces Retirement
                                      Rosanne Foust, vice president of
                                      the San Mateo County Economic
                                      Development Association, is taking
                                      over as acting president and CEO
                                      while Dan Cruey recovers from a
                                      recent motorcycle accident.
                                         Cruey stepped down effective
                                      Dec. 31 and the board of directors
                                      appointed Foust to fill in while the
                                      executive search committee looks for
                                      a full-time replacement.
                                         Foust is current vice president,
                                      working on issues of economic
                                      growth, job creation, housing policy,
                                      transportation and government reform.
                                      She serves on the board of trustees
                                      for the Bay Area Council Economic
                                      Institute, chairs the San Mateo County
Transportation Authority and is deputy chair of the Redwood City–San
Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. She sits on the Redwood City City
Council and is the immediate past mayor.
                                                                                  Patrick Gemma, Ed.D., 60, superintendent of the 8,200-student Sequoia
                                                                                  Union High School District, has announced his retirement, effective June 30,
Foust Is Having a Great Month, Named Person of the Year                           when he completes the term of his current contract.
                                                                                     At the board meeting on Feb. 17, trustees discussed the process for naming
The Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce named                       Gemma’s successor.
Redwood City Councilwoman Rosanne Foust its 2009 Person of the Year,                 “Dr. Gemma has been an outstanding superintendent and we are very sad
noting her commitment to the group as she juggled duties with the city and as     to see him go,” said Olivia Martinez, Ed.D., president of the district’s board
then vice president of SAMCEDA.                                                   of trustees. “The district has achieved some significant milestones under
  Foust, who served as Redwood City mayor during 2009, was selected by that       his leadership. During his tenure, the district passed two additional bond
year’s Chamber Chair Glenna Vaskelis, president and CEO of Sequoia Hospital.      measures, which has allowed us to offer students some of the best facilities
  “When you think about enthusiasm, willingness to say ‘yes’ when asked,          and technology anywhere. In addition, the district has recruited and retained
knowledge of the chamber organization, accomplishment, commitment and             outstanding leaders and some of the best faculty and professional support
dedication, one person’s name bubbles to the top: Rosanne Foust,” Vaskelis        staff in the state.
said while presenting the honor during the chamber’s 12th annual dinner and          “Dr. Gemma also led a pivotal strategic planning process for the district
recognition banquet Jan. 28.                                                      that led to development of a new vision and goals for the 21st century,” she
  Foust served as deputy chair of the chamber, co-chaired the chamber             continued. “His leadership will be missed but his legacy will continue for
membership drive and co-chaired the annual progress seminar. She also             many years to come.”
chaired the Program Orientation Day for Leadership Redwood City–                     Gemma joined the Sequoia district in February 2003 after serving five
Belmont–San Carlos, created a venue to talk with legislators and headed up        years as superintendent of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District.
an effort with the San Mateo County Economic Development Association to           Previously, he served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and
coordinate all the individual efforts surrounding high-speed rail.                personnel in the Piedmont Unified School District, and principal and vice
  “Rosanne was instrumental in the success of so many of our chamber              principal at the high school and middle school levels. He started his career in
programs last year and certainly exemplifies what this award is all about,”       public education 38 years ago as a special education teacher.
Vaskelis said.                                                                       Gemma, who currently holds the honor of Superintendent of the Year for
                                                                                  the Association of California School Administrators’ Region 5 (encompassing
                                                                                  all of San Mateo and San Francisco counties), is still formulating plans for his
Sequoia Alumni Looking for a Patriot                                              retirement.
                                                                                     “I’m looking forward to rejuvenating over the summer and spending more time
The Sequoia High School Alumni Association is looking to honor a Purple           with my aging father and family, reconnecting with friends and contemplating
Patriot and is soliciting nominations for its annual Purple Patriot Award,        which interests and challenges I might like to pursue next,” he said.
purple and white being Redwood City’s Sequoia High School’s official colors.         Meanwhile, Gemma says he is focused in the months ahead on the budget
Recipients will receive a framed certificate as well as have their names          planning cycle for 2010–11 and continued work in strengthening efforts to close
inscribed on a perpetual trophy on permanent display at the high school.          the achievement gap, possible expansion of alternative education offerings,
   The Purple Patriot Award is an annual award instituted to honor both           transition to a new student information system, and planning for upcoming
individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service or       expansion of the district’s career technical education facilities and programs.
provided a significant benefit directly to Sequoia High School. Nominees may         “It has been a privilege to have served the Sequoia district and the
be from Sequoia High School or the community at large.                            community for the past seven years,” he said. “Our schools are such valuable
   Please indicate the nominee’s individual name or organization name and         community resources, and the Sequoia district is fortunate to have an
state why the nominee should receive this award. Indicate specifically what       engaged and supportive community.”
role the nominee played in directly providing the service or benefit to Sequoia      Like school districts throughout the state, the Sequoia district has faced
High School and explain in detail what the service or benefit was.                financial challenges for more than a year.
   Nominations must be submitted in writing to the Sequoia High School               “Although we’re still experiencing the effects of the state budget crisis and
Alumni Association, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064, or placed in the
Sequoia High School Alumni Association mailbox near the principal’s office, no
later than March 19.                                                                                                                       (continues on next page)

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Community Interest (Continued from previous page)
the struggling national economy, the Sequoia district is on solid footing —      three clinics have in expanding the number of primary care appointments.
with a sound recovery plan in place — to continue on our path to fulfilling         There are currently 4,100 people waiting for primary-care appointments
our 21st century vision and goals,” Gemma said.                                  in the county system, with waits being up to four months or longer to get an
                                                                                 appointment. The emergency room at the county-run hospital has seen a 14
                                                                                 percent increase in visits, primarily due to the poor economy.
Clinics Get Grant Expansion Money                                                   A larger, modern, efficient facility is proposed to be built in North Fair
                                                                                 Oaks that would combine the services from all three clinics.
The Sequoia Healthcare District pledged $4.3 million to help build a new            Griffin asked how the new facility would actually bring down costs for its
clinic in the North Fair Oaks area of unincorporated Redwood City.               patients from $255 a visit to $227 a visit.
   The district board voted 3-1 to approve the grant request from the county-       Greater capacity would allow doctors to see more patients, while reduced
operated San Mateo Medical Center.                                               administrative costs will help bring down the costs, Ehrlich said.
   Board members Don Horsley, Kim Griffin and Katie Kane approved the               The consolidation will call for the elimination of at least two full-time
grant request while Jack Hickey voted against it. Board member Art Faro was      employees due to redundancy.
not in attendance.                                                                  Total space will increase from 27,500 square feet at the three current
   The money will go toward consolidating three clinics the county operates      clinics to about 36,000 square feet in the new facility. Exam rooms will increase
— Fair Oaks Children’s Clinic, Fair Oaks Adult Clinic and the Willow Clinic      from 39 to 52.
— into one larger facility that will cost about $17 million in total including      Visit volume will increase from 68,989 to an estimated 91,000 visits a year,
construction. The three clinics provide services for the underinsured and        Ehrlich said.
Medi-Cal patients.                                                                  Sequoia Healthcare District partners with public and nonprofit community
   The San Mateo County health system has experienced a 63 percent               providers to improve the health of children, youth, adults and older adults in
increase in enrollment in the Access and Care for Everyone program,              the southern part of San Mateo County. The district applies public funds to
from 12,465 to 20,362 in the past six months, said Dr. Susan Ehrlich, chief      major health initiatives.
executive officer of San Mateo Medical Center. The system has also seen a 19
percent increase in visits by working but uninsured residents who make too
much too qualify for ACE, Ehrlich said.
   Increased demand has highlighted the constraints in physical capacity the

Nonprofits In Action (Continued from page 16)

Sustainable San Mateo County                                                     YES Reading
Established in 1992, this local nonprofit is dedicated to the long-term          This local organization is dedicated to empowering students through literacy
health of our county’s environment, economy and social equity. Programs          and investing community members in underserved public schools. YES
include an annual report, an annual awards event with over 450 attendees,        Reading recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one, green business workshops and more. If you would           tutoring for elementary and middle school students reading below grade level.
like to volunteer, contact the SSMC office at 650-638-2323 or e-mail                YES Reading operates several reading centers on the Peninsula and in For more information, visit www.               the South Bay, including a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you are                                                         interested in becoming a reading tutor for a child who needs your help, please
                                                                                 call 408-945-9316 or email Visit the YES Reading Web
Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club                                               site at
Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club has been
                                                                                 Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit organization and want your information
devoted to community service in Redwood City. Through the decades,               printed in The Spectrum, send it to or The Spectrum Magazine,
the club has provided funds to help many worthy community programs               P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our community know your contributions and
and continues to add more community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia            maybe they will want to join you.
High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, was
chartered in 1994 and has been involved in raising money and donating time
and effort to many programs.
  The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday evening
6–7 p.m. at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real (one block north of               The Redwood City Community is invited to comment on the
Woodside Road). They invite you to come to their meetings and check out the                           New Downtown Precise Plan
club’s Web site at
                                                                                   You can help shape our Downtown’s future land use,
Woodside Terrace Optimist Club                                                     urban design, and development - to create a unique and
This is a unique club made up of senior citizens who want to stay involved.        vibrant Downtown for today and the future.
Most, but not all, come from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club is
open to all of the community and provides an opportunity for seniors to be         • Hear an UPDATE on the Downtown Precise Plan:
useful. The club’s funds are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale held          Monday, March 22, 7 pm (City Council meeting)
on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside            • COMMENT on what environmental issues should be evaluated
Road, open to the public.
                                                                                     in the Plan’s Environmental Impact Report:
  Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays
                                                                                     Tuesday, March 30, 7 pm (Planning Commission meeting)
of each month in the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside Terrace.
                                                                                                 (Both meetings at City Hall -1017 Middlefield Road)
Guests are welcome. Please call President Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or
Millie Cole at 650-366-1392 for reservations.                                                                                                 st
                                                                                     Written comments may be submitted from March 1 - April 15 . For more

                                                                                     information please call 780-7234 or visit
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Auto Care:                                                                           Personal Improvement:
Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Whether you are looking for                  Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. – This women-only,
a new set of tires or need repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood City           body-positive fitness center in downtown Redwood City offers a variety of
institution has been providing quality vehicle services since 1957. Many            classes, weight and cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage
of their satisfied customers have been with them since their founding and           and skin care. Flexible pricing, with several options available for members
continue to do business with them                                                                                            and nonmembers. Visit www.
today. They proudly serve the third                                                                                 or call
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Redwood City customers. They even                Business Profile of the Month
have free Wi-Fi Internet so you can work                                                                                     Specialty Businesses:
while you wait for your vehicle to be         Re:Juvenate Skincare Clinic – 1100 Laurel St., Suite F, San
serviced.                                     Carlos – With the myriad skin care procedures and products                     Bizzarro’s Auto Auction – 2581
                                              available today, it’s great to have a team of experts to help you              Spring St. – Services include auto
Eating and Catering:                          choose a customized treatment plan!                                            auctions, consignment vehicle sales,
                                                 At Re:Juvenate, your skin will look its best in the shortest time           appraisal services and even ways
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road –                                                                                               to donate your vehicle to charities.
“The Canyon Inn has had the same              possible and with the least cost. Medical treatments include
                                              Botox, fillers (e.g., Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm) and laser hair             Increase your fundraising efforts with
owner for over two decades and every                                                                                         a live auction — Bizzarro’s is your
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                                              A new procedure, Body by Thermage, is able to tighten and                      one-stop auction team with spotters,
serve everything from hamburgers                                                                                             clerks, sample catalogs, bid numbers,
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                                                 There’s no doubt about it; the better you look, the better you              etc. Call 650-363-8055 for details on all
pastas, and they even have a South of                                                                                        of their services.
the Border menu! There’s a Sunday             feel. Call today for your complimentary consultation and let the
all-you-can-eat menu and NBA games            professionals at Re:Juvenate Skincare Clinic help you love the                 Castle Insurance – 643 Bair Island
on the big flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget      skin you’re in! Visit or call 650-631-5700.         Road, #104 – Castle Insurance is
to reserve their closed patio for your                                                                                       an independent insurance agency
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big-screen TV (no extra charges). Why                                                                                        group of financially sound, reputable
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                                                                           or call 650-364-3664 for a free quote.
Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St. – “We went there
and it was fabulous! My friends were very impressed by their food menu,             Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 151 Fifth Ave. – Hector
and I have to say the burger I had was tasty. They also have 21 big-screen          has been in the insurance business and with State Farm for 20 years. He
televisions to view sporting events and more. This place has it all! I am so        specializes in auto and business insurance. A local resident, he also provides
happy that Redwood City finally has such an upscale place for watching your         servicio en español! Visit his Web site at
favorite sports team, having a drink with friends or dancing the night away.
                                                                                    Terry Finn and Madonna’s Bail Bonds – 234 Marshall St., Upstairs #3, 650-
Let’s all get out and support them!” They are hosting special events all the
                                                                                    366-9111 – Finn and Madonna’s provide bail bonds to any court jurisdiction,
time, so call for details.
                                                                                    jail or police agency in California and in many other states. Interested parties
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad            representing incarcerated subjects are encouraged to contact the licensed bail
restaurants. There are OK restaurants. Then there are those places, the magic       agent on duty at the above office for immediate bail bond assistance.
ones. You come back again and again because the food doesn’t just taste good
                                                                                    Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – At Saf Keep, you and your
and satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.” Senior citizens receive
                                                                                    belongings are safe and secure. A friendly and reliable team is ready to assist
$1 off and children under 12 dine at half price.
                                                                                    you with a variety of storage products and services to suit all your storage
Home Improvement:                                                                   needs. Visit to see exactly what products and
                                                                                    services are available.
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis
Carpet Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to a company             Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St., 650-599-9482 – The
of several employees and vans. The Lewis family works and lives in                  clinical approach of this independent, community-based practice focuses
Redwood City and is committed to our community. When choosing a                     on thorough physical therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies and
reputable company, that should make you feel secure. Ask about their                patient education. Individualized treatment programs are designed to help
Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely              meet patient goals of restoring function, returning to sport or occupation and
nothing. Call today and get your home looking great.                                maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
                                                                                    St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – Listen to what customers are saying
Legal Services:                                                                     about this fine downtown jewelry store: “This is a great jeweler! Phil, the
                                                                                    owner, is amazing. He crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an incredible
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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.
                                                                                                                                                    The Spectrum 23
News Briefs

RWC Woman Murdered                                                                    Judo Champ in Train Station Assault Freed
The death of a 47-year-old woman whose body was found pierced with stab               A renowned judo instructor accused, along with a friend, of beating two men
wounds in her Redwood City apartment is being treated as a homicide, a                at the Menlo Park Caltrain Station after friendly “horseplay” turned serious,
police captain said.                                                                  is free from custody after pleading no contest to felony assault and causing
   Officers had responded to Alycia Williams’ home at an apartment complex            great bodily injury.
at 707 Leahy St. after a family member requested a welfare check on                      Matthew Walker, 25, of Tacoma, Wash., was sentenced to six months jail
Williams because she hadn’t been seen for several days, Redwood City police           but has credit for 188 days. He must also spend three years on supervised
Capt. Ron Matuszak said.                                                              probation and pay whatever restitution is ordered at a March 16 hearing. Co-
   When they arrived, the officers found Williams dead inside her apartment,          defendant Robert Eugene Davis, 22, of Redwood City, did not settle his case
according to Matuszak. Police believe she had been dead for more than a day.          and is set for trial Feb. 16.
   Due to “the nature of her stab wounds,” her death has been labeled a                  According to prosecutors, Davis and Walker began talking to the two
homicide, Matuszak said.                                                              alleged victims Sept. 29 after Walker’s judo jacket sparked a conversation.
   An autopsy was conducted on Williams, and a follow-up autopsy was                  Walker is a renowned judo artist who recently placed in a world competition.
scheduled to help determine the official cause of death.                              The two men began “horseplaying” but the game grew too rough, according
   No suspects have been arrested, but Matuszak said police are focusing their        to the District Attorney’s Office.
investigation on men who were familiar with Williams.                                    Davis reportedly took one man’s cell phone after he tried calling police,
   “She was living at the apartment by herself, and we understand she                 and both defendants allegedly attacked the other men. One man suffered
associated with several men,” Matuszak said.                                          facial lacerations and a broken leg. The other was knocked unconscious and
   Because she was found dead in her apartment, Matuszak said police are              had facial lacerations. Davis posted a $50,000 bail bond and is free from custody.
speculating that she may have known her killer.
   “Most women who were killed were killed by men,” he said. “And a large
percentage are killed by people who knew them.”                                       Man Who Assaulted RWC Officer Freed
   However, the possibility that the suspect was a stranger has not been ruled out.
   “There’s no witnesses, no solid suspect information,” he said. “You                The parolee facing 16 months in prison for assaulting Redwood City police
shouldn’t rule out anything.”                                                         officers responding to a call for help by his mother is free from custody
                                                                                      because newly implemented sentencing guidelines gave him enough credit
                                                                                      for time served.
Not Guilty Plea in Tire Iron Attack                                                      David Arreola Torres, 30, pleaded no contest in December to resisting a
                                                                                      police officer and admitted having three prior convictions in return for the
A man accused of attacking another with a tire iron in Redwood City because           low prison term of 16 months. After asking to move up his sentencing date,
the victim was upset he tried to have an affair with his wife pleaded not guilty.     Torres was formally handed the term with credit for 528 days and released.
   Fortunato Lopez Martinez, 21, of East Palo Alto, is charged with numerous          New state sentencing guidelines give inmates double their earned time served.
felonies, including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. In                Torres returns to court March 9, however, for a hearing on restitution.
Superior Court, Martinez pleaded not guilty to all counts.                               Police arrested Torres the afternoon of May 11 after responding to a call
   According to prosecutors, Martinez and the 38-year-old victim had worked           on Buckeye Street from his mother, who said he was on drugs. Torres, who
together as landscapers months before the incident but had a falling out. On          is 6 feet 5 inches and 280 pounds, threw one officer backward, causing a
more than one occasion this fall, Martinez allegedly called the man’s wife            concussion, and fought with other officers. Police were unable to subdue
and asked her to have a relationship. The woman told her husband, who, after          Torres with a baton and pepper spray. He also broke free from a WRAP
spotting Martinez on Poplar Street on a Sunday morning, confronted him and            restraint but finally passed out.
began a physical fight.                                                                  After his arrest, the District Attorney’s Office reported Torres has a
   After the victim gained the upper hand, Martinez allegedly told him he had         lengthy drug abuse history and was under the influence of methamphetamine
“just dug his own grave” and retrieved a tire iron from an apartment building         and cocaine when his mother called.
and struck the man several times in the head. The victim required 15 stitches.
   Martinez surrendered to police Dec. 30. He remains in custody on no-bail status.
                                                                                      Milkshake Wife Denied Parole
Attempted Gift Theft Defendants Plead Not Guilty                                      A Redwood City woman serving a life sentence for poisoning her husband
                                                                                      with an insecticide-laced milkshake and fleeing to Mexico with their son was
Two men accused of trying to steal gifts from an unincorporated Redwood               denied parole for the first time since her 2002 attempted murder conviction.
City house just before Christmas pleaded not guilty and were ordered to trial.           Elizabeth Fuentes-Ortiz, 40, was also convicted of concealing a child and
   Oscar Roberto Gomez and Jose Luis Juarez, both 18, are charged with                the special allegations of concealing a child, inflicting great bodily injury and
burglary and robbery, and burglary, respectively. A third alleged accomplice,         torture. On April 22, 2002, she was sent to prison for life with the possibility
Herman Mark Anthony Velez, 22, is free from custody on a $50,000 bail                 of parole. Her appearance before the Board of Parole Hearings at the Valley
bond while awaiting a preliminary hearing on his burglary charge.                     State Prison for Women at Chowchilla was her first, and its members deemed
   According to prosecutors, on Dec. 22, a homeowner returned to find                 her unsuitable for release for another five years.
Gomez inside his home, a Christmas tree knocked down and gifts strewn                    Fuentes-Ortiz’s trial came a decade after she delivered the tainted beverage
about. Juarez reportedly served as lookout in a car outside while Velez               to her then-husband, Gilbert Ortiz, at his Toys R Us workplace in Redwood City.
was in a yard shed. The homeowner threw a rock at Gomez, who allegedly                   During the 15-day trial, she claimed she feared her husband because he
responded by knocking him down and yelling death threats. Prosecutors say             was abusive and that he raped her the night before the poisoning. After two
Gomez and Velez ran down the street and went to an unsuspecting neighbor’s            days of deliberations, the jury’s verdict showed they believed otherwise.
home, claiming car trouble and asking to borrow the phone. The neighbor                  In 2004, Ortiz appealed the conviction on grounds the jury was not
let them inside and volunteered to drive them for help because it was cold,           instructed to consider it an act of self-defense. The three-person state Court
according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.                          of Appeal unanimously rejected the argument.
   Gomez remains in custody while Juarez is free on a $50,000 bail bond.                 “The prosecutor’s questioning effectively pointed out that if she had
Both return to court March 1 for a pretrial conference before beginning jury          actually feared harm at the hands of the victim, reasonably or unreasonably,
trial March 15.                                                                       she had access to an automobile and had the entire day to take the couple’s
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News Briefs (Continued)
child and get to a place of safety,” Justice Ignazio Ruvolo wrote in the decision.
   Ruvolo added that “the evidence overwhelmingly suggested that the
appellant was simply enraged.”
   On March 11, 2002, Fuentes-Ortiz brought her husband the milkshake
laced with Ortho-7 insecticide. She told him it was a protein shake intended
to help him build muscle mass. Gilbert Ortiz testified that the drink tasted
“like chocolate but sour and burning.”
   Ortiz fell to the ground in convulsions, slipped into a 10-day coma,
suffered multiple organ failures and a heart attack and was incommunicative.
He testified he has residual health problems from the poisoning.
   While her husband was comatose, Fuentes-Ortiz gave Redwood City police
conflicting stories of where the poison originated. Once, she said a masked man
tried to kill her husband; another time, she claimed it was a suicide attempt.
   By the time Ortiz could tell authorities who had given him the questionable
shake, Fuentes-Ortiz had fled to Mexico with their 2-year-old son, Jonathan.
She was profiled numerous times on the TV show “Unsolved Mysteries” over
the eight years it took FBI agents to arrest her in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
   Jonathan remained missing until Fuentes-Ortiz’s mother brought him to the
county jail to visit his imprisoned mother.
   Fuentes-Ortiz told the court that by poisoning her husband she meant only
to incapacitate, not kill him, to escape an abusive marriage that included
sexual abuse.
   “There’s no motive, no explanation for anything other than domestic violence,”
defense attorney Joseph O’Sullivan said during his closing arguments.
   Prosecutors argued, though, that the murder attempt was fueled by jealousy
and anger over Ortiz’s long work hours.

                                                                                     The Spectrum 25
Budget Crisis Puts Local Academic Gains at Risk
A message from Jan Christensen
Test scores have risen steadily at the 17 schools        City has dropped from about $5,500 per student in     property taxes, while we rely primarily on state
serving K–8 students in the Redwood City School          2007–08 to about $4,700 in 2009–10.                   aid for funding.
District. Enrollment is up, attendance is higher            Last year, we increased class sizes, reduced          For example, even before the budget crisis,
and parents are more involved than ever before.          library hours and eliminated or reduced important     the Redwood City School District received less
The Redwood City Education Foundation serves             positions and programs. About $5 million in jobs      than half the amount of unrestricted per-student
the Peninsula, and a vast network of community           and programs were saved by federal stimulus           base funding as a neighboring school district.
volunteers support our schools. The district and         funds. Now those funds have been used up, the         In 2007–08, per-student base funding plus local
members of its staff have received many honors           schools will need to make another round of severe     support totaled under $7,000 per student in
and awards in recent years.                              cuts for next year. Few options remain to reduce      Redwood City, but over $15,000 per student for a
  This should be a golden time for our local schools.    the budget.                                           neighboring district. The steep reductions in state
  But despite the tremendous progress made                  The district is planning to cut $4.7 million to    aid have widened the gap in education funding for
in recent years, our schools now face the most           $10.6 million next year — about 10 percent to 12      two students who may live only a mile apart from
enormous challenge in several generations due to         percent of our unrestricted general fund. Cuts that   each other. Not only is this a terrible injustice, but
our state’s budget crisis. Unfortunately, the programs   would have been unthinkable just a few years ago      over time it will lower the economic prospects of
and staff positions that led to unprecedented gains      are now under consideration: increasing all class     all Californians.
by our students are now being cut — not because          sizes in all grades to 31 students, shortening the
our school board thinks it is a good idea, but           school year and reducing or eliminating popular
because we simply have no other options.                 programs.                                             Editor’s note: Community members always have the
                                                                                                               opportunity to share their priorities and ideas. Jan
  During my four years as superintendent of the             The Redwood City School District is not alone      Christensen is superintendent of the Redwood City School
Redwood City School District, unrestricted state         in the budget problems it is facing. The vast         District. She can be reached at
funding to Redwood City students has dropped by          majority of school districts around the state are
17 percent, and the situation is expected to worsen      considering similar measures, but the pain from
significantly over the next several years. We have       state budget cuts is not affecting all districts
about the same size budget as when I joined the          equally. Due to California’s complicated public
district in 2006, but we are educating about 1,000       school funding system, our district is surrounded
more students. Per-student funding for Redwood           by school districts funded primarily by local
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Redwood City Teen Ontiveros Named ‘Youth of the Year’
                                                     of the Year. Giving back is not a temporary plan         She has two classes of about 13 children, grades
                                                     for Ontiveros, who plans to study communications      first through eighth, that meet two times per
                                                     and return to help her community.                     week. Ontiveros sees herself as privileged to have
                                                        Ontiveros grew up in Redwood City. The             the option to help these youngsters.
                                                     youngest of three children, she attended Hoover          Ontiveros was a bit hesitant to go through
                                                     Elementary and described herself as a little nerdy.   the process for the Youth of the Year since
                                                     She always worked hard to finish work early and       deadlines were about the same as those for college
                                                     help others.                                          applications. Going for it meant Ontiveros learned
                                                        After school Ontiveros would go to the Boys        a valuable lesson: time management.
                                                     & Girls Club just a couple of blocks from her            “I never took it as I need to win. I learned so
                                                     house. There was a gap in her attendance when         much,” she said, noting the opportunity to talk in
                                                     her family moved from the neighborhood to             front of a crowd and tell her story.
                                                     downtown for a short number of years.                    As her high school experience begins to come
                                                        Ontiveros began attending Sequoia High School      to an end, Ontiveros plans to attend a four-year
                                                     and returned to the club, following a family move.    school to study communications in hopes of
                                                     The studious youth was attracted to Sequoia for       becoming a journalist and returning to Redwood
                                                     its International Baccalaureate program. Entering     City to somehow help the neighborhood in which

                                                     it was intimidating to Ontiveros, who was one of      she grew up. Going to college would be another
                                                     the few Latinas in the program. That intimidation     accomplishment for Ontiveros, who would be the
                                                     subsided when Ontiveros realized everyone was         first in her family to go to college.
                                                     nice and the staff was supportive.                       Participating in a variety of Boys & Girls
                                                        Ontiveros began volunteering at the club after     Clubs programs have helped in that process. But

                                                     I enjoy it. When a kid struggles with math,
                                                     you help them. And they get so happy when
                                                     they get it.”
                                                     school. At 16, she was offered a job on the teen      Ontiveros was quick to note that the staff at the
Clarisa Ontiveros grew up going to her local Boys    staff. At 17, she was working with kids in the        club, Sequoia High, her family and best friends
& Girls Club in Redwood City.                        SuccessMaker course, helping children work            have all been supportive in her efforts to be
  She recalled looking up to the teens               on math and reading skills. She also meets with       successful.
volunteering and working with her. Ontiveros         parents to give progress reports. When Ontiveros        “We are so proud of Clarisa and look forward
would make drawings to give to those teen mentors.   turned 18 last month, she was offered a part-         to hearing about her bright future,” said Peter
Today, the 18-year-old Sequoia High School           time position. She has her own desk and is proud      Fortenbaugh, executive director of the Boys &
senior receives such drawings from the little        to be the youngest one at the club offered such       Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.
children she works with at the Mervin G. Morris      responsibility.
Clubhouse in Redwood City. Her work giving              “I enjoy it. When a kid struggles with math, you   Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily Journal
back paid off as Ontiveros was recently named the    help them. And they get so happy when they get        newspaper.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s 2010 Youth     it,” she said.
Vicky Costantini Presents. . .
                                                                                                                                  522 Eastview Way                                                        Woodside

                                                                                                                                  Completely rebuilt and expanded in 2008, this elegant, old world-style
                                                                                                                                  home has 6528+/-sf of construction on a 1.4+/-acres horse property.
                                                                                                                                  Main residence is 4400+/-sf, 3bd/3.5ba with large office, living room,
                                                                                                                                  family room, dining room, kitchen with granite, and a billiard room.
                                                                                                                                  Guest home is 730+/-sf with a full kitchen and open floor plan. The
                                                                                                                                  barn is currently used as a shop. The 630+/-sf, covered porch has
                                                                                                                                  ceiling fans and heaters for year round entertainment.
                                                                                                                                  Offered at $3,490,000

                                                                                                                                        Vicky Costantini
                   650.430.8425 | |

492 Summit Road                                                  Emerald Hills                                                             1180 Crompton Road                                                         Redwood City

Stunning, 4bd/3.5ba home with amazing street presence. High                                                                                Absolutely gorgeous house on a quiet, tree-lined street! Built just
ceiling entry is surrounded by a very elegant living room and                                                                              10 years ago. High ceiling living room with open floor plan.
dining room. Character is spread all over this home from a                                                                                 Hardwood floors throughout entire house. Level backyard right
diamond glass window, copper-topped bay, to a room long,                                                                                   off of gourmet kitchen and family room. 900+/-sf master
built-in, bench seat. Large eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line                                                                            bedroom with large walk-ins and huge master bath. Fenced front
appliances. This home was specially built for its owner. 3-car                                                                             yard.                                     Offered at $1,375,000
garage and ample driveway.                Offered at $1,999,999

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Meet Our Community-Minded Realtors for Redwood City
               Vicky Costantini                                       Michelle Glaubert                                        Jim Massey
               at Alain Pinel                                         at Coldwell Banker                                       at Keller Williams
                 650-430-8425 – Born and raised                        650-722-1193 – Michelle has been a                      650-207-5120 – Jim has been
                 in Redwood City, Vicky is known                       full-time, top-producing Realtor since                  active for over 30 years in business
                 for her honesty and availability.                     1978. With a proven track record,                       and leadership in Redwood City.
She believes those qualities foster strong working    she has helped buyers achieve their dreams of home        With that involvement, he has become a Realtor
relationships with her clients. In turn, those same   ownership and sellers make successful moves to            familiar with our community, and his clients feel
clients have referred her to countless friends and    their next properties. The majority of her business is    comfortable knowing he has that expertise and
relatives. With an approach that is simple yet        garnered through referrals from her many satisfied        knowledge to guide them. Visit him online at
effective, she treats every listing as if it is her   clients. Living in Emerald Hills, she knows the area
first, and her clients know that they will get the    well and is involved in the community. Count on
very best effort as they enter into the purchase      Michelle’s years of experience to guide you through                Buying or selling?
or sale of a home. Visit her online at www.           your next real estate transaction. Visit her online at                                                                     Turn to one of these experts!
Fundraiser to Keep ‘Danny G’ Dancing
As the stereo played the Frank Sinatra lyrics             raffle-ticket fundraiser with $5 tickets for three           Craig Guinasso has a son in kindergarten who
“And that laugh that wrinkles your nose,” Danny           grand prizes, one of which includes four one-day          announced he would not do two things when he
Giray touched his nose, a move students on stage          park-hopper passes to Disneyland. Organizers are          started school: dance or sing. Guinasso and his wife
mimicked.                                                 hoping to sell 1,000 tickets. They estimate the sale      noticed a change of heart when their son started
   The children went on to wiggle, dance in pairs         is close.                                                 moving around at home along with his younger sister.
and end with a dip and a smile.                               It’s not just about dance. Kemp was quick to          The change was a result of access to Giray’s class.
   Such moves are just a part of the two 30-minute        point out the student benefits of working with               Many students stay with dance because of
sessions students at John Gill Elementary School          Giray. Not only do the units supplement academic          Giray, said Kemp, who noted he maintains the
in Redwood City spend with Giray, or Danny                work, the kids learn confidence.                          students’ interest while advancing the difficulty.
G, as the kids call him. For 11 years, the dance              “You can tell my kids; there is not a timid bone         “I’m hoping above all hopes to keep this
program has been part of John Gill. Because of            in one of their bodies,” she said.                        program intact,” she said.
budget cuts, it’s now one of the few defined times            With so many cuts out of the school’s hands,             Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket, five for $20,
when students have access to physical education.          holding on to the one program is a glimmer of             12 for $40, or 30 for $100. Auction tickets are
Parent donations and fundraising efforts have kept        happiness the administration and parents hope to keep.    $75. Tickets can be ordered and auction items
the program in place. With further cuts hitting the           Younger children work with Giray two times            previewed at
district, the program is once again in danger.            a week for 30 minutes, while older kids see him
   On Saturday, March 6, the Parent Teacher               once a week for an hour. On Tuesdays, children            Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily Journal
Association hopes to raise most of the funds to           file into the multipurpose room ready to play. The        newspaper.
keep Danny G working with the children with               smaller ones are visibly tired at the end of 30
“Let ’em dance and sing,” a fundraiser to be held         minutes but end up exercising without really noticing
at Domenico Wines in San Carlos. Last year, the           it. Giray works in crunches and sprints, but with
PTA was able to raise $50,000. This year’s goal is        the music as a backdrop, the work goes unnoticed
$30,000. That would not fully fund the program.           by the little ones who happily follow his lead.
In years past, the school was able to use site funds to       “I believe we’re building up self-esteem,” said
cover the rest of the cost, said Principal Amanda         Giray, who has been working with the school for
Kemp. With the Redwood City School District               11 years.
looking at up to $13.7 million in cuts, Kemp is               Building self-esteem is reinforced by mixing in
unsure such an allocation will be a reality next year.    academic teaching. Giray leads the children in a
   “Any time with Danny is better than no time            version of the ABCs that includes a slithering “I”
at all,” Kemp said, noting that the program may           and a jumping “O.” But lessons get more in-depth,
need to be scaled back in the fall.                       like a movement work that recreates windmills,
   Parents are working to save the program                originally choreographed a couple of years ago
through the fundraiser, the biggest one of the year.      and reworked by Giray because of student interest         Danny Giray teaches dance moves to a group of students
The auction and dinner will be augmented by a             in renewable energy.                                      at John Gill Elementary School in Redwood City.

Mayor Ira Is ‘Tapping’ Us to Be Code Enforcement Volunteers
                                                             “This is a great way for community members                Code enforcement isn’t the only place the
                                                          to get involved and help supplement services that         city uses volunteers directly for its benefit. The
                                                          otherwise would be delayed or deferred due to the         downtown Volunteers in Policing program trains
                                                          city’s budget problems,” said Mayor Jeff Ira.             people to give the police department extra eyes
                                                             Even if residents aren’t drawn to code                 and ears during events.
                                                          enforcement, Ira asks that they consider                     Both programs let volunteers take up tasks that
                                                          volunteering in other ways, such as sports,               in turn free up precious staff time that can be
                                                          libraries and nonprofits.                                 used elsewhere. While helpful, there are limits.
                                                             “Everyone can and should do their part to help their      “Any financial savings are small and we can’t
                                                          community during this tough economy,” Ira said.           have volunteers doing skilled labor type of work,”
                                                             Known as community preservation volunteers,            said city spokesman Malcolm Smith.
                                                          participants serve as “ambassadors” for Redwood              Rather, Ira, in his recent State of the City
                                                          City’s Building and Inspection Division. The              address, urged community members to serve
                                                          program already has seven trained volunteers              themselves by finding their passion and getting
                                                          who’ve collectively spent more than 500 hours             involved in whatever is “tapping them on the
Mayor Jeff Ira, seen here helping firefighter Justin
Velasquez during the annual Toy Drive, is encouraging
                                                          helping out. Now the city is looking for more.            shoulder,” Smith said.
our community to help with code enforcement.                 Volunteers help enforcement staff with                    As a result, community will be built on a block,
                                                          community preservation projects, code enforcement         a neighborhood or a larger scale, Smith said.
Redwood City is looking for a few good men —              research and visual assessments. Once trained,               For more information or to sign up as a
and women.                                                they ride along with Building and Inspection              community preservation volunteer, contact Michel
   Actually, the city is seeking anyone wanting to        Department staff members and help with specific           Wayne at 650-780-7357 or mwayne@redwoodcity.
help keep it clean and up to code as a volunteer          cases. The volunteers answer calls about abandoned        org. Information on other opportunities to get
enforcement officer. The program is already under         cars and cleanup of garbage and work with officers to     involved can be found at
way, having started in 2008, but the current shaky        enforce sign ordinances. Other duties can include,        residents/communityopportunities.html.
economy, including Redwood City’s own bottom              as needed, reports of graffiti and shopping carts
line, sharpened the city’s desire to expand its           and preliminary investigations into non–health
current roster.                                           and safety code violations.

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As I Was Saying…(Continued from p6)
up. Foreclosures are up. Requests for emergency food and housing assistance            responsibilities and welcome new members to take over. They unintentionally
are up. Many families in our community have lost the security of knowing               become exclusive instead of inclusive.
they can pay their bills, put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.         But the biggest challenge the PCA has to overcome is the impression that
Yet these are not hopeless times.”                                                     they have been very uncooperative in listening to requests from community
   Who could not agree with that?                                                      members and business owners to move the parade and festival back to the
   “Our local economy is slowly showing signs of a turnaround. And the spirit          downtown area where it was held for some 30-plus years. After the location
of helping others is strong. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Life’s             had been moved during downtown construction, it was never moved back,
most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’”               and local merchants have complained of lost revenues due to the lack of foot
   Sounds logical to me.                                                               traffic from having the event by the county parking structure and buildings.
   He then goes on to inform us that “As an organization, San Mateo County                Ultimately, the PCA is going to have to reach out to those dissatisfied to
this year partnered with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to fund               help raise funds because they can’t look for the City Council to bail them out
$1 million in grants to community organizations that provide food, shelter,            and pay for the fireworks. Those funds are dwindling, and once the council
health care and other needs. Our county has sponsored resource fairs to help           sets a precedent of helping out one nonprofit group like PCA, they will have
members of our community prepare to re-enter the job market and find social            every other similar group in our community asking them to do the same for
services. Just this past month the county helped more than 3,000 families              their financially strapped events.
with one-time emergency assistance funds from the American Recovery and                   I suggest they move the parade and festival back downtown, and let’s all get
Reinvestment Act.”                                                                     started on a community fundraising drive to continue the fireworks show. Let’s
   In other words he is telling us that we, the taxpayers, funded all these            turn this into a positive for our community and unite. How about it, PCA?
wonderful programs and events, not San Mateo County or its employees, as an
organization, as the letter would lead us to believe.
   “I’m proud of the work our county government does. I’m also proud of our
collaborative network of nonprofit partners that provide so many vital services        Here we go again. The Redwood City community is invited to comment on
that strengthen our communities.” … “By working together, I am confident               the new downtown precise plan. Officials say that you and I can help shape
we can provide the resources necessary to support our families and neighbors           our downtown’s future land use, urban design and development — to create a
through these challenging times.”                                                      unique and vibrant downtown for today and the future.
   Now, get this, he then encouraged all of us “During this holiday season,               What do we have to do? Well, first we can hear an update on the downtown
[to] please consider volunteering at a charity, donating to a cause and creating       precise plan Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the City Council meeting. Then,
opportunities for others.”                                                             if you want to comment on what environmental issues should be evaluated in
   Is he serious? I have never read anything so self-serving and misleading.           the plan’s environmental impact report, we can go on Tuesday, March 30, at
   Who does he think he is, trying to encourage us to get involved? Us, the            7 p.m. to the Planning Commission meeting. Both meetings of course are at
taxpayers who gave the county the money so he can brag about how much                  City Hall at 1017 Middlefield Road.
they do for us?                                                                           This really is an exciting process and hopefully a large portion of our
   If I could suggest a different tactic for future letters, it would read something   community will come out and share ideas and thoughts. Remember, you can
like this: On behalf of the taxpayers of San Mateo County, we (your elected,           always watch at home on cable channel 27. For more information, call 650-
appointed and hired staff) are proud to inform you that we have put your hard-         780-7234 or visit
earned money to good use to benefit others, blah, blah, blah, blah.
   I would also suggest he inform us of what personal donations he has made
and what he has done to volunteer and give back to the taxpayers of San
Mateo County. Oh, and maybe guarantee us that the county will not try to               I like channel surfing, but I might just have to attend these meetings. How
bring any new business or sales or taxes until we know we can all pay our              often can you say you were actually a part of the future planning of what our
bills, put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads.                           downtown will be? What about you?
   Oh, he also wished “you and your family the best this holiday season.”
Same to you, David.                                                                    As I was saying…

According to officials at the Peninsula Celebration Association (PCA), they
do not have the $50,000 needed to put on the annual Fourth of July fireworks
display this year. The PCA also organizes the parade (as it has for 41 years)
and festival.
                                                                                         Care to comment on Penna’s comments?
  According to PCA spokesman Bob Slusser, “The PCA knew as early as
2007 that the weakening economy might put the brakes on the fireworks. The               Send your letters to: letters@spectrummagazine.
group continued through 2008 and 2009 by using reserves and other savings,               net or Opinions & Letters, The Spectrum Magazine,
but after last season informed the Redwood City Council that there might not
be another show.
                                                                                         P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064
  “This is a very difficult decision for us. We scraped the money together last year
but told the council we couldn’t keep doing this,” Slusser told a local newspaper.       Letters to the editor should be no longer than 300 words.
  In case you didn’t know, the PCA is a very productive and valuable asset               Columns should be no longer than 750 words. Illegibly
to our community. They have consistently provided a great Independence                   written and anonymous letters will not be accepted.
Day celebration for us year after year. But the group has gone and is still
going through some organizational challenges. Many groups go though
                                                                                         Please include a daytime phone number where we can
similar difficulties when longtime members do not relinquish or alter their              reach you.
Insurance Tips: Checking With Your HR Department
By Russ Castle, Special to The Spectrum

The human resources department                         going to take company policies very seriously. Set       Have a conversation with your
at your company is probably pretty                     a good example and follow the rules!
                                                                                                                insurance agent or broker.
efficient, but no matter how well-                                                                              Make sure you have the proper insurance
organized it is, certain questions                     Use meetings as a reminder.                              coverage in case a legal action is brought against
are always worth asking yourself at                    You are likely to have most of your staff together       you and your company. Prudent business owners
the beginning of the year.                             for company meetings, or at least portions of the        seek to have as much knowledge as possible to
                                                       staff at different meetings, so use this time to         promote and protect their companies. Ignoring or
For example, when was the last time your HR            reinforce policies that you see being abused or          avoiding this discussion can be disastrous to your
department took steps to review your company           overlooked during the course of the work day.            company. Employment-related lawsuits are on the
policies and bring them up to date with the ever-                                                               rise, and the cost to defend claims can easily reach
changing employment laws?                              Discuss before hiring.                                   $100,000 and more.
  Company policies are important enough that           New employees should always be adequately
they are typically covered in detail during the        informed of company policies and procedures              Be sure you are consistent with how you
hiring process. However, employees often forget        upon hiring. Before ending your final interview,         handle each employee who does not follow the
or become lax with company policies over time.         be sure to go over the most essential company            regulations of the company. This is essential
Here are a few ideas that will help you and            policies, so a new employee knows them before            to ensure that you do not experience any
your HR department to reinforce those policies         the first day of work. If you have a company             unnecessary backlash with regard to the policies.
effectively with your staff:                           handbook, make sure that everyone has an
                                                       updated and current edition.
                                                                                                                Editor’s note: This article was written by Russ Castle of
Lead by example.                                                                                                Castle Insurance Agency. If you have any questions regarding
If you are bending the rule of a 30-minute lunch       Keep current.                                            your business protection, call him at 650-364-3664.
break or using vulgar language with other              Check with your attorney to ensure that your
employees, it is likely that other employees are not   company policy is up to date.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior                           AARP Driver’s Safety Course                              SAVE THE DATE
Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,                             Saturdays, March 13 and March 20, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.          West Bay Community Band
Redwood City, is providing the                         This course is designed especially for drivers
                                                       age 50 and over. Taking this course may help you         Spring Concert
following activities that are open to the
                                                       receive a discount from your auto insurance. You         Saturday, April 24, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
public during the month of March.                      can sign up at the VMSC front desk or by calling         Enjoy the sounds of spring, compliments of the
                                                       650-780-7270 and pressing #2. Leave your name            West Bay Community Band! Doors will open
Friday Movies for Everyone                             and number, and a staff or volunteer will call you       at 7 p.m. with a no-host wine/soda bar, and the
                                                       back to confirm your spot. Space is limited, so          concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 at the
Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)   sign up early! Cost is $12 for AARP members,             door. No reservations or tickets required; pay at door.
Come to the VMSC in March for a free featured          $14 for nonmembers.
movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater!                                                                    To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior
March 5: “Whip It”                                                                                              Center, call 650-780-7270. Redwood City Parks,
March 12: “My One and Only”                            Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction                       Recreation and Community Services Department
March 19: “The Informant”                              Thursday, March 25, 1–2 p.m.                             provides recreational facilities and activities for
March 26: “Old Dogs”                                   Join Julie Forbes, Ph.D., of Kaiser Permanente           all ages and interests, and supplies building and
                                                       and experience for yourself how stretching and           custodial services for city buildings. Redwood
                                                       other relaxation techniques can help you manage          City Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial
Healthy Aging Lecture                                  symptoms of stress-related conditions, including         Senior Center and the Fair Oaks Community Center,
                                                       chronic pain, anxiety and depression.                    providing social, educational and cultural activities,
Thursday, March 11, 1–2 p.m.
                                                                                                                as well as information, referral and counseling
Dr. Eric Shapira, a clinical gerontologist and
                                                                                                                services to persons living in Redwood City and
educator, will speak about healthy aging. He will      AARP Tax Preparation                                     neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks
cover ways to stay healthy and independent, enjoy
                                                       Wednesday, Feb. 3, through Wednesday, April 14           is more than you think! Its Web site is www.
life and overcome challenges associated with aging.
                                                       Appointment required                           
                                                       Service is provided for the preparation and electronic
St. Patrick’s Lucky Irish Luncheon                     filing of both federal and state personal income
                                                       tax returns within the scope of the AARP Tax-Aide
Wednesday, March 17, 12–1:15 p.m.                      program. The service is free and you will receive
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a corned beef and     one-on-one attention from AARP volunteers who
cabbage lunch and a 50/50-opportunity drawing          are trained and certified annually in cooperation
to complete this lucky luncheon. Please call 650-      with the IRS. Call our AARP appointment hotline
780-7259 to reserve your tickets. Cost: $8.            at 650-489-6023 to schedule your appointment.

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A Minute With: Gino Gasparini
                                           Gino Gasparini was born and raised in Redwood City. He attended Roosevelt Elementary,
                                           Kennedy Junior High and San Carlos High School (class of 1970). After graduating, he went to
                                           work for BFI as a residential collection employee. He stayed there for 32 years before moving
                                           to Norcal Waste Systems, which is now Recology, six years ago.
                                             Gino and his wife, Jenny, were married in 1986. They have four children: Andriana, 19,
                                           Daniel, 18, Michael, 17, and Nicholas, 15.
                                             Gino’s hobbies include hiking and skiing. He is an active member of the Police Activities
                                           League (PAL), the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce and the city’s
                                           Pride and Beautification committee.
                                             Currently the community affairs manager at Recology, Gino is also a team captain for the
                                           chamber’s current membership drive.
How Irish are you?                                              What word or phrase do you most overuse?          First word that comes to mind?
Very Italian.                                                   Absolutely.                                       Sushi.

Favorite thing to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?            Favorite song?                                    You still can’t believe?
Every year, I have been skiing.                                 “Stormy Monday” by Lee Michaels.                  Jenny has stayed with me for all these years.

You love Redwood City because?                                  Favorite movie?                                   What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Of the people.                                                  “My Favorite Year.”                               Family and friends at a barbecue.

Whom do you most admire?                                        What is your motto?                               What or who is the love of your life?
My father and mother.                                           We can do it!                                     Jenny.

What talent would you most like to have?                        Anyone you got on your mind?                      You currently feel?
To be a good bocce ball player.                                 Always my family.                                 Quite content.

Something few know about you?                                   Memorable moment?                                 You are inspired by?
I was a two-time nude relay winner when I was at                First child being born and then every other one   My mother and father.
San Carlos High School. Obviously I cannot run                  after that.
for political office now.

               Never late for the Theatre
              when you eat at Little India.

                                                                     10 off
       All You Can Eat Lunch
            Mon - Fri 11am - 2pm
        Regular $9.95 Vegetarian $7.95
     All You Can Eat Dinner                                           with your Parking
             Mon - Sat 5 - 9pm                                           Valadation!
       Regular $12.95 Vegetarian $10.95

                     Little India                               • Catering
                                                                • In-House Parties

                     Restaurant                                   Available
                                                                • Takeout
                         917 Main St., Redwood City
                        650-361-8737 •
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