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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,
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com 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”
candidates, a letter from our county manager and notes from events and parties around town in his
column, “As I Was Saying….”
Contributing Writer We also have stories on a Redwood City teen who was named Youth of the Year, the beginning of a
firstname.lastname@example.org celebration for the county courthouse’s 100th birthday and an open letter from Redwood City School
District Superintendent Jan Christensen.
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
email@example.com advice column for many years, and we expect it will show up again in the future.
Valerie Harris We encourage you to support our valuable Spectrum advertisers by using their services when you are
Internet Maintenance out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community with friends and family. Many of them have
special offers for you to cut out and present, including discounts on services, food or beverages, so please
Contact Information: take the time to look over their ads this month and use their coupons and discounts. When you visit
Phone 650-368-2434 them, let them know you appreciate their support of our local community publication.
E-mail addresses listed above We thank our readers for making The Spectrum the most-read publication of our community. We invite you
www.spectrummagazine.net to visit our Web site at www.spectrummagazine.net for up-to-the-day information on our community.
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.
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.”
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 www.historysmc.org.
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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Date: May 8th, 2010 BBQ: At Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage
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‘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
those who can’t get enough of it, we’ve added
Jewelry on the Square on July 9.
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 ArtontheSquare@sbcglobal.net.
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 (www.AdvocatesFC.org) 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. friendsforyouth.org. 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 www.nursingmothers.org.
www.toastmasters.org 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 (www.citytrees.org) 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
familyconnections.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their Web site at low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free
Mateo County provides employers with mature, www.habitatgsf.org. “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 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
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
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 email@example.com or
Will levees fail? Opinions & Letters, The Spectrum Magazine, P.O.
Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064
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 rwcwc.com.
disabilities throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-
mission is to promote independent living in safety 7271 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on
RCEF, check out www.rcef.org. 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 sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or e-mail
supportive and diverse group that meets every email@example.com.
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 rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org. www.rcorators.org. 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,
redwoodcityartcenter.org. For more general woodsidewellnesscenter.com or 650-703-5957, or go to www.sequoiahs.org.
information, visit www.redwoodcityartcenter.org visit www.redwoodcityrotary.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the group’s
across the country to build and provide research Field at Red Morton Community Park. For more Web site at www.penpex.org. 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 email@example.com 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 www.foe418.org. 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.
The Spectrum 17
Redwood City’s Blessing:
May the Luck of Jolette Enfold You!
By Nicole Minieri
In this day and age
are few and far
City residents can
blessed to have
Barry Jolette as
Mateo Credit Union,
of which Jolette is
president and CEO,
dollars every year to
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
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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Redwood City’s Blessing: May the Luck of Jolette Enfold You! (Continued from previous page)
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.”
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
sustainabilityhub.net, 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www. the South Bay, including a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you are
sustainablesanmateo.org. interested in becoming a reading tutor for a child who needs your help, please
call 408-945-9316 or email email@example.com. Visit the YES Reading Web
Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club site at www.yesreading.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.wtamkiwanis.org.
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 redwoodcity.org/preciseplan
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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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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
“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.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
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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 auction.johngillpta.org.
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 www.redwoodcity.org/
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 redwoodcity.org/preciseplan.
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)
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.
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 redwoodcity.org/parks.
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.
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