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Redwood City Police Add New Online Tool for the Community – Traffic Accident Police Reports Online

The Redwood City Police Department is really enhancing its online tools – the latest one is a service providing community members with the ability to obtain their traffic accident police reports online, offering enhanced efficiency and cost-effectiveness for the Department and convenience for the community and the insurance industry. Up until now people would need to come to the Police Department in person to obtain the accident report but with this new online service at “www.PoliceReports.US,” you can order, print and purchase those reports from any computer. This new tool makes it convenient and easy to obtain a report any time of day or night; however, community members will still be able to obtain their reports in person if they prefer. The availability of accident reports online is the first step toward the goal of increasing the availability of other crime reports via the Internet.

Accident reports filed as of May 1, 2011 (for accidents on or after that date) will be available through this new service, by going to www.redwoodcity.org/police and clicking on the Police Reports Online link. The person requesting a report will need to have their case number (most often this is provided by the police officer at the scene taking the report), the date, and their last name. Once the report is identified, it can be viewed and paid for using a credit or debit card.

Read more about this and other cost-effective technologies that the Redwood City Police Department is implementing at http://www.redwoodcity.org/manager/news/2011/pr_pd_pd_online.html .

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17th Annual Bike to Work Day is May 12 – Register to Win Prizes, Join Fellow Bicyclists, Save Gas!

Here’s a quick heads up: get ready for the 17th Annual Bike to Work Day on May 12, 2011! It’s a celebration that promotes bicycling as a healthy, fun and inexpensive form of transportation (and participants can win prizes, too).

You’re invited to join over a hundred thousand other Bay Area bicycle riders in making Bike To Work Day a continued success. “Energizer Stations” will be located along Bay Area county commute routes where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be ‘cheered on’ by fellow participants. Energizer Stations will be open during morning commute hours and some will even re-open during the evening commute. In Redwood City, the Energizer Station will be located at the Sequoia Station Caltrain station – open from 6 – 9:30 am on May 12.

Why Bike to Work? More than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace, an ideal distance for bicycling. But remember, the work commute only represents 23% of all trips, so consider how you also may be able to bike to shop, to school, for errands, and for social events. In a world concerned with climate change, pollution, traffic congestion, wasted time, and skyrocketing gas prices, the question should really be: Why not bike to work?

You don’t need to register to take part in Bike to Work Day – but you might want to in order to be eligible to win prizes! By registering you will be making a pledge to Bike to Work and this will allow the organizers to better calculate Bay Area participation. When you register, you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a grand prize. Register at www.youcanbikethere.com/user/register.

For more information you can visit www.youcanbikethere.com and www.commute.org.

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FREE Home Energy Audit – Save Energy/Water, Save $$, Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

As we get fully into spring, it’s the perfect time to remind you about a great way for your household to save energy, water, and money – get a FREE Home Energy Audit!

Redwood City and Acterra (www.acterra.org) are partnering to bring the FREE Green@Home program to our community! This great program brings trained local volunteers to your home to install simple energy-saving devices, give you tips and ideas for saving energy and water, and create an easy home energy conservation plan for YOUR home.

In just one short visit, the Green@Home volunteers will offer these great energy-saving upgrades:

• Install three compact fluorescent light bulbs
• Optimize water heater and refrigerator temperatures
• Install faucet aerators and low flow showerheads
• Install up to five outlet or light switch gaskets
• Measure energy draw of home electronics
• Provide and install a retractable clothesline
• Provide a powerstrip for home electronics

You’ll also get a comprehensive checklist of more steps you can take including no-cost, low-cost, moderate cost, and more significant investments in energy efficiency.

Sign up for your FREE home energy audit today – for more information and to sign up for your FREE Home Energy Audit go to www.acterra.org/greenathome and click on the “Request a Free HouseCall” button OR call 650-962-9876 x350 / greenathome@acterra.org. For information on Redwood City’s environmental initiatives visit www.redwoodcity.org/verde.

It’s all part of Redwood City Verde – making it easy to go green!

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10th Annual Redwood City Pet Parade is May 21 – Mark Your Calendar, and Get That Pet Costume Ready!

Just an early reminder that Redwood City’s 10th Annual Pet Parade is on Saturday, May 21st from 11 am – 3 pm, with the parade starting at 12:30 pm, This is the wildly popular annual event inviting children, adults, and families to show off their pets, whether furry, feathered, or scaled, and vie for a $100 Grand Prize for the top winner! This fun community event all happening in beautiful downtown Redwood City on Broadway and Courthouse Square.

There are going to be a lot of fabulous activities at this year’s Parade event – go to www.redwoodcity.org/events for all the details. And this year will be more exciting than ever – leading the Parade as the official Grand Marshall we have “Dusty” the “Klepto Cat,” the celebrity cat who’s appeared on Animal Planet, The David Letterman Show, CNN, and KGO. Dusty will be riding through the Parade along with many of the items that he has stolen from his neighbors throughout the years. There is video of Dusty in action available online – search YouTube to find it!

Get your registration form on the City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org/events, or contact: Jeri Joseph-Hover at 650.369.9010 or brightonrwc@aol.com. You can also sign up for the contest at 11 am on the day of the Pet Parade. There is a $5 entry fee for each pet to be judged in a contest, but there is no fee to walk along and be part of the Pet Parade. This event is sponsored by Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department, Redwood City Redevelopment Agency, and the Civic Cultural Commission. The focus of this year’s Pet Parade is to raise funds and supplies for our Rescue Groups and Search and Rescue Teams. Anyone with items to donate or who would like to be a vendor or volunteer please contact: Jeri Joseph-Hover.

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Redwood City Teens in Action Showcase – Free, Fun Event This Friday, 5 – 7:30 pm, Courthouse Square

Here’s something you’ll want to put on your calendar – this Friday, April 29th, is the first-ever Redwood City Teens in Action Showcase!

It takes place from 5 to 7:30 pm, at beautiful Courthouse Square. This fun and informative FREE event celebrates the positive and change-making efforts of young people in our immediate community. The entire community is invited to this wonderful evening, dedicated to showcasing, learning from, and supporting our young people.

There’ll be information tables and displays by local youth leadership groups, hip hop and break dance demonstrations, theater performance, live DJs and spoken word – all by local teens. Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira will be there to welcome the crowd, and great prizes will be offered throughout the evening.

Here’s the program:
5:00 DJs – The Main Event
5:45 Welcome by Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira
6:00 Community Street Jam
6:20 Spoken Word (REAL)
6:30 Grupo MAAC – “Angel”
6:45 DJ – Luis Ortiz
7:15 Final Prize Drawing and Closing

The Teens in Action Showcase is free and the entire community – teens, families, community leaders, business owners, educators, and others – are invited and encouraged to attend and join in the fun! The event is sponsored by Redwood City 2020’s Community Youth Development Initiative.

See the Redwood City 2020 website at www.rwc2020.org, and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University website at http://gardnercenter.stanford.edu.

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Music on the Square Schedule – Great Music All Season Long, Starts 5/6. Lots of Other Events Too

Redwood City’s renowned Friday night concert series, Music on the Square, starts on Friday, May 6 – and I’m happy to let you know that the complete schedule is online and ready for you to put on your calendar!

www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html

 No matter what your taste in music, you’ll find plenty to enjoy this season at Music on the Square – rock and roll, blues, salsa, indie, Irish, pop, country…it just goes on and on! And don’t forget, we’ll also be offering other great events and activities on the square, including classical music, art, movies, dance, festivals, and more. Take a look at www.redwoodcity.org/events for details on the entire entertainment season in Downtown Redwood City.

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Earth Day! Picnic for the Planet at Red Morton Park (Nature Conservancy and GreenGirls Meetup group)

You already know that tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, but I wanted to let you know about a fun FREE event going on at Red Morton Park, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and the GreenGirls Meetup group (not a City sponsored event). Here are the details – read on and join the fun on Earth Day at Red Morton Park!

~ malcolm

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Picnic for the Planet!
FREE Community Picnic – Red Morton Park, 11 am – 2 pm, Friday, April 22, 2011 (1400 Roosevelt behind the Community Activities Building)

Celebrate the planet we live on this Earth Day with great people & good food. Share your ideas and learn from local vendors & nonprofits. Open to the entire Peninsula. Local organic cafes may be participating as well. Let’s meet, let’s share, let’s eat!

Pack your own lunch bag with your favorite planet-friendly picnic (reminder: alcoholic beverages not allowed in city parks). First 75 picnickers will receive a free shot of Jamba Juice!

Participating vendors & nonprofits include:

— Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet
— Beyond Searsville Dam
— San Mateo Co. RecycleWorks
— Lyngso Garden Materials
— Redwood City Library
— Greywater Installation Q&A with Alan Hackler
— Jamba Juice
— Container Gardening/Edible Ornamentals with Megan Land
— Healthy food recipes and sampling table
— Slow Food South Bay
— Live, happy acoustic music provided by Dogman Joe
— and MORE!

For more information, contact Susan Cann at agreenerhome@gmail.com

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Free Movie – “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth” – Interesting, Thought-Provoking, Important

Here is information about a free screening of a most interesting film, that I’m sure will offer new perspectives on a major issue of the day. “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth.” Read below for information, and consider attending on April 27th.

~ malcolm
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It’s reported that nationwide, 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without “papers.” In an effort to better understand the challenges these young people face as they turn 18 without legal status, the film, “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth” was produced by Graham Street Productions in association with El Grupo Juvenil. The Redwood City Library is presenting a free screening of this film – these compelling stories are sure to speak to youth and families from all segments of our community, and foster productive discussions.
Families and all community members are encouraged to come and learn more about this important community issue, and stay afterward to talk with local youth dedicated to helping other immigrant youth pursue higher education.

Wednesday April 27th
6:30 – 8 pm
Redwood City Downtown Library
1044 Middlefield Road

This should be a fascinating evening, and a most interesting discussion. Free snacks will be provided.

From the “Papers” website: “There are approximately two million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut. It is against the law to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college. They live at risk of arrest, detention and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these young people.”

Everyone is encouraged to hear the stories of these youth, at this free screening of “Papers.”

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Have Your Say on the Urban Water Management Plan – Meeting on May 4

You are invited to participate in an important discussion about updating Redwood City’s Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). The UWMP is the 20-year blueprint for our community’s water supply, an important visionary tool for meeting our long-term water supply objectives (see www.redwoodcity.org/uwmp). It’s updated every five years, and the City is inviting the community’s ideas, opinions and suggestions as we move forward with drafting the updated plan.

The second of two UWMP workshops is Wednesday, May 4th, 6 – 8 pm at the Public Works Services Municipal Corporation Yard located at 1400 Broadway. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Theresa Maluia at tmaluia@redwoodcity.org or by calling (650) 780-5991.  

Please spread the word about joining the discussion of essential water supply topics, including reliability and impacts of drought; impacts of projected demand; water conservation; water reuse; and more. Updated information and schedules for the process of developing the UWMP are available online at www.redwoodcity.org/uwmp.

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Verde Talk- Electric Cars: Yesterday’s Future Today; see Nissan LEAF and eeVee Motors Converted Car

All of Redwood City’s Verde Talk subjects are quite timely and interesting…but I believe next week’s talk will be of particular interest to a lot of people! The subject is electric cars, and you’ll be able to see the new Nissan LEAF all-electric car, as well as an eeVee Motors converted car. Please read on and plan on attending on April 27 here at City Hall!

 ~ malcolm

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 Verde Talk – Electric Cars: Yesterday’s Future Today

Speakers:
Brendan Dolan – Nissan, Community Director
Jerry Pohorsky – Electric Auto Association, Silicon Valley Chapter President 

Has $4 for a gallon of gas put a crimp in your budget? Have you ever considered driving an electric vehicle? Then join us for this fun and informative event and see the new Nissan LEAF all electric car and an eeVee Motors converted vehicle on display.  Also learn more about the new vehicle charging stations in Redwood City.

Then join us for our presentation where Brendan Dolan will discuss how you can make changes at home to adopt this technology.  Also Jerry Pohorsky will share what it takes to convert your current gas-powered vehicle to an electric or plug-in hybrid.

Drawing for Travel Coffee Mug after presentation!

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
6:30 pm – Vehicle display
7:00 pm – Presentation

Location: City Hall – Council Chambers
1017 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA

 Cost: Free and light refreshments served!

To RSVP for this event please visit: http://redwoodcityverde.eventbrite.com

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