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Cast Your Vote Today for Cañada College’s Arts & Olive Festival Annual Multimedia Student Poster Contest

Many of you have probably attended the Cañada College Arts & Olive Festival, which takes place in October. Before they start publicizing that wonderful, fun event, they ask the community to vote for their favorite Arts & Olive Festival poster – and the time to vote is now!

Please read below, go to the link, view the 24 student-created posters vying for the top spot, and vote for your favorite choices – they’d like your input by Friday, July 8.

~ Malcolm


Cast Your Vote Today for Cañada College Arts & Olive Festival
Annual Multimedia Student Poster Contest

Go to this link to view the many great, artistic posters created by students:

1ST Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
Honorable Mention

Please send votes electronically to:  by Friday, July 8, 2011.

Then be sure to put this on your calendar: The 14TH Annual Arts and Olive Festival, Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 10 am – 5 pm, at Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard, Redwood City.


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Roadwork coming: Veterans Blvd. between Whipple Ave & Chestnut St; E. Bayshore Rd between Seaport Blvd and Haven Ave

I wanted to be sure you get this heads up, about upcoming roadwork that may impact your driving times. Starting in mid-July, Redwood City will be doing road resurfacing on:

• Veterans Boulevard between Whipple Avenue and Chestnut Street
• East Bayshore Road between Seaport Boulevard and Haven Avenue.

In addition to the roadway surface improvements, both Veterans and East Bayshore will be striped with new bicycle lanes.

This will provide smoother, safer, improved roadways – but will cause some inconvenience to residents and motorists in these areas during the work. The work is scheduled to begin mid-July, and will be completed in approximately ten weeks. The good news is that the work in any one spot will not last the entire 10 weeks, in fact the major work which may cause traffic disruption will only last a week or two. We don’t’ have the final precise schedule as yet, but I wanted to make sure you have as much information as possible right now

You may be interested to know that the total cost of this roadway improvement project is about $1.4 million – $950,000 in grants from the Federal Surface Transportation Program and the rest in “Measure A” transportation funds.

Neighbors are being notified of specific scheduling and details of the work, and appropriate signage will be installed. Motorists should expect periodic lane closures, detours, some dust, and temporary parking restrictions during construction. All roadway users are asked to be particularly cautious during construction, and look for signage indicating any detours or other instructions. If possible, motorists should use alternate routes during the work in order to avoid delays.

Overall work hours will be 7:30 am until 4 pm, but due to traffic concerns certain major work elements may be completed at night. Veterans Boulevard will remain open to traffic in both directions at all times during construction. During major work, East Bayshore Road will be under one-way traffic control with flaggers to stop traffic so that opposing vehicles may pass.

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Storytime in the Park Wednesdays – Visit Parks, Hear Stories Read by Master Storyteller Jim Howland, Great for Kids

Finally, we have consistent good weather in keeping with Redwood City’s “Climate Best…”
motto! And that means family days at Redwood City’s parks, and so I want to be
sure you know all about our Storytime in the Park program that’s now underway.
More than 100 kids and parents attended the first event last weekend – it’s a

Wednesdays at 10 am at various parks, you and your kids will thrill to fun stories read
master storyteller Jim Howland. You’ll discover new parks you may not have
visited before, enjoy great stories, and meet new friends. No registration, no
reservations, just show up and have a delightful time at Storytime in the Park,
sponsored by the Redwood City Public Library. Here’s the schedule:

June 29, Stusaft Park
3737 Farm Hill Blvd.

July 6, Mezes Park
WarrenStreet/Standish Street

July 13, Maddux Park
Maddux Drive/Cringle Drive

July 20, Shorebird Park
Marine Parkway/Island Drive

July 27, Garrett Park
3600 block of Glenwood Avenue

August 3, Dove Beeger Park
Whipple Avenue/Circle Road

August 10, Westwood Park
Westwood Street/Briarfield Avenue

These kinds of Redwood City Library programs help build community, bring families together,
help kids learn to read and love books, and promote literacy. Visit the Library’s
website at learn more about all the great programs and materials – CDs and DVDs,
computer access, teen room, children’s room, quiet areas, Friends of the
Library bookstore…there’s truly something for everyone at your Redwood City
Library! Have you been lately? They’re always adding new books, CDs and DVDs.

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New Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Homes by July 1

Here’s an important reminder that carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are required by state law to be installed in homes by July 1, 2011.

Below is a news release from CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) outlining the basics. CAL FIRE recommends that CO alarms be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home including the basement. The CO alarm can warn you if too much CO is in your home. Keep CO alarms clear of dust and debris. Ensure CO alarms are plugged all the way into a working outlet, or if battery operated, have working batteries. There are combination smoke detector/carbon monoxide detectors on the market.

From CAL FIRE’s CO Fact Sheet:

You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. If appliances that burn fuel are maintained and used properly, the amount of CO produced is usually not hazardous. However, if appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of CO can result.

Please visit and scroll down to “New Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Homes” for more details.


~ malcolm


New Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Homes

Sacramento – Starting July 1, 2011 new legislation will go into effect requiring homeowners to install carbon
monoxide detectors in every California home; a move CAL FIRE officials say will save lives.

“Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, each year claiming the lives

of an average of 480 people,” said Acting State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. “And
sending more than 20,000 people to emergency rooms across the nation.”

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a
colorless, odorless gas that is produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and
many types of appliances and cooking devices. The best way for homeowners to
stay protected from CO is to have a carbon

monoxide detector installed on every floor and outside each sleeping area. A recent
study found that nearly nine in 10 California households did not have a Detector.
“Having a CO detector is a small investment that really can help save your life
and the lives of your family,” said Chief Hoover.

To help educate homeowners about
the new law and to encourage them to install a carbon monoxide detector, CAL
FIRE / Office of the State Fire Marshal is teaming up with fire departments
across the state, the Home Safety Council, First Alert and Lowe’s to host “CO
Saturday” on June 4. “CO Saturday “will be a special day-long safety celebration
to teach families how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Though previous laws only
required newly-constructed homes to havoc alarms, the state’s new Carbon
Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (Senate Bill 183) requires owners of all
existing single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to
install CO alarm devices within the home by July 1, 2011.

Owners of multi-family leased or
rental dwellings, such as apartment buildings, have until January 1, 2013 to
comply with the law.

For more information on how to
prevent carbon monoxide poisoning visit the CAL FIRE website at

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Participate in Important Survey on Impact of Youth Violence in Our Community – Respond by June 27

I’ve been asked to forward this information to you, concerning some really critical research that you can help with – the impact of youth gun violence in our communities. Please read below and then go to the appropriate link to participate.

If you havequestions about this research, please contact the office of San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson at 650-363-4570 or Michelle R. Vilchez of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center at 650-513-0330. Note that the deadline to participate in the online survey is June 27, 2011.




The Office of Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, in partnership with the Association of Bay Area
Governments (ABAG), is conducting research on the impact of youth
gun violence in our communities. The research will focus on four cities in the County of San Mateo: Daly City, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and the City of San Mateo.

The Office of Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson has asked Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center to lead a community input process that includes surveys, interviews, and focus groups with youth, parents, service providers and community leaders. We are asking for your participation in this process by completing a brief e-survey which should take no more than 20 minutes. Please click here be directed to this survey:

If you are a service provider:

If you are a parent:

If you are a youth:

Please complete the survey by June 27, 2011 .

The responses to this survey are anonymous, and will be combined with other participants’ responses in a publication that details the findings of the research project. Thank you for your time and input, which will help to inform policymakers about the impact of youth gun violence as we explore ways to make our communities safer.

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The Redwood City San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce Presents Leadership Program

You may have heard of the renowned Redwood City San Mateo County Leadership Program. It’s an incredible annual program put together by the Chamber that brings together a diverse group from around the county for once-a-month all-day leadership presentations / discussions / workshops. I went through this program a few years ago, and highly recommend it! You’ll gain a new understanding of the key issues facing our communities: housing, transportation, education, economics and business, government, public safety, health care, and more. It’s fun, inspiring, educational, thought-provoking…

Below is information about this program from the Chamber of Commerce – please read on, see the website, and consider how this program will enhance you professionally, and personally, and give you a new outlook on what it means to be part of the community.


~ malcolm


The Redwood City San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce Presents its
Annual Leadership Program

Do you want to learn more about the community you live in?  It’s easier (and a lot more fun!) than you think – just go online to read about and apply for the Redwood City San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce Annual Leadership Program.

You’ll learn, meet great new friends and local leaders, and graduate with a new understanding of the key issues facing our communities: housing, transportation, education, economics and business, government, public safety, health care, and more. It’s fun, inspiring, educational, thought-provoking…

The goals of the program are to identify and motivate potential leaders, acquaint potential leaders with community needs and challenges, introduce participants to notable leaders within their communities and challenge program participants to become involved in their communities.

The Leadership Program application period is now open, through August 31st! Dynamic sessions are held one Friday a month, September through June, with a group of 40 participants.Sessions generally run from 8am until 3pm. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided at each session. Tuition for the course is $1,000.

Go online and learn more!

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Friends of the Redwood City Library Bookstore Helps Fund Library Programs – Wide Selection, Low Prices, Great Gifts

There is lots of great stuff featured at the Friends’ Bookstore this week, located at the Downtown Library.

First, the annual Father’s Day display features great books for all the dads in your life. Lots of great books that will make the perfect gift. Shop early as these featured books go fast!

The Sales Carts feature:
Sale Cart #1:  Hard Back Fiction, 50 cents each or 5 for $1.
Sale Cart #2: The Eclectic Cart Sale featuring a fun mix of science, business, how-to, health, poetry, short stories books. There really is something for everyone. Priced as marked.

And a reminder about the library’s Summer Reading Program for kids from infancy through high school. Registration started on June 9th. The program encourages 600 minutes of reading over the summer to win an array of prizes and a ticket for the Big Raffle. Plus, there are special summer programs in the main library and each branch throughout the summer. Go to for all the details

The Friends fund the Summer Reading Program, investing over $13,000 this year to make it great for the community!

The Friends is a wonderful non-profit, volunteer organization committed to furthering the excellence of the Redwood City Public Library. They raise funds solely to benefit Redwood City’s four libraries, and make significant gifts to expand Library collections, programs, and services. See their website at

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Help Redwood City PAL – Maybe Win a 2011 Prius! Fundraising Prize Drawing on 4th of July Just $5 per ticket

I’m providing this information as a courtesy, to let you know that the Redwood City Police Activities League is holding a special drawing to win a Toyota Prius! It’s a fund raiser to help provide PAL’s great community services  – intervention, prevention, and alternative programs for at-risk and economically challenged youth in Redwood City.

Please read below, and consider buying tickets to support PAL.


~ malcolm


Win a 2011 Toyota Prius!!

Get your special drawing ticket today for a chance to win a new 2011 Toyota Prius or a CASH PRIZE of $18,000 while supporting PAL. Tickets for this special fund raising drawing are $5 each.

100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go directly to support PAL and its programs for at risk youth in Redwood City

To purchase tickets, fill out the form at The winner will be drawn at the Redwood City 4th of July Celebration. You need not be present to win.

Questions? Visit, email, or phone at 650 556-1650.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Rotary Club of Redwood City.


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Public Hearing Monday on Long Term Water Supply Plan – Council Considering Adoption of Urban Water Management Plan

The City Council has scheduled a public hearing to review and consider adoption of the City’s Draft Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). You’re  invited to attend, learn more about the Plan, and participate in the discussion. This takes place at the City Council meeting THIS MONDAY, June 13, 2011, at 7 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. 

As part of this meeting, staff is also recommending that a plan be developed (for future Council consideration) for expanded uses of recycled water, as well as a “budget-based” rate structure for residential water customers. This would include a proposal for expanding the Recycled Water Service Area so that existing and new development and more businesses have the opportunity to use recycled water. The budget-based rates (which currently apply to irrigation customers) provide a water conservation incentive via a rate structure that is established on a need-based water budget developed for each customer. The higher above-budget a customer’s water use, the higher the per-water-unit rate.

Please see the staff report for this public hearing, as well as other information on the UWMP at

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Redwood City Education Foundation helps give kids the education to succeed in high school, college, work, and life

You probably know about the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) – it’s a wonderful nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that has been working since 1983 to help provide the public elementary and middle school students of Redwood City with the education they need to succeed in high school, college, work, and life.

Here is the latest information on RCEF’s upcoming events and ways to support our schools – I thought you might be interested! Please read below and consider how you can help our schools.

~ malcolm


Get Ready for the 36th Annual 4th of July Parade Run – register today, and help our schools!

Go to for information and to register.

The race starts at 8:45 am at Brewster & Arguello, and goes 3.5 miles along the Redwood City parade route.

After the run, stay for the 4th of July fun!

$100 Family Sponsorship gets your family’s name on Parade Run t-shirt. (deadline is tomorrow, June 9!)

Sign up for your Family Sponsorship today!

Proceeds from Parade Run support RCEF funding of music in our Redwood City schools. Partners include the Redwood City Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services and the DIPs Run Club.

A generous family of a graduating 8th grader invites other families to join them in making a legacy gift to the RCEF. This family is contributing $6,000, an amount equal to $500 for each year they, as a family, were part of our school district.

In their words, “…we don’t think it is fair that the children following our children will have fewer opportunities for the things that make life worth living. We have decided to Pay it Forward as much as we can. Let’s make sure that ALL children get the best education possible, after ALL children are EVERYONE’S future!”

You can join the Pay It Forward campaign by sending your check to: RCEF, PO Box 3046, Redwood City, 94064, or by clicking here. Be sure to note you are Paying it Forward – and we offer a big “thank you” to everyone who contributes to this unique and thoughtful gift to our students.

These merchants give us an automatic donation when you make a purchase.

Go to for links to shop at, Kepler’s Books, and iTunes while you help RCEF.

Also, shop in person at: Kepler’s Books and be sure to mention the RCEF. Bring your reusable shopping bags to Key Market.

New to our program is Yang Orthodontics. This practice donates $150 to the RCEF for each new patient who mentions us when they set up a new patient exam and starts treatment.

Interested in volunteering or joining a committee? Want to become an RCEF board member? Find out how! Go to


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