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Police Announce Operation Silent Night / Noche en Silencio

Good afternoon –

Just wanted to forward to you all this news release from the Redwood City Police Department, announcing this year’s Operation Silent Night for New Year’s Eve. Please read below, feel free to share with others.


~ malcolm



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For Immediate Release
December 30, 2012

Sergeant Ashley Osborne
Redwood City Police Department

Redwood City Police Announce “Operation Silent Night” for New Year’s Eve 2012

Redwood City, CA – The Redwood City Police Department is advising the public that celebrating the New Year by shooting a gun into the air is not only illegal, it can hurt or kill people.

In response to random gunfire on New Year’s Eves in the past, the Redwood City Police Department announces “Operation Silent Night 2012.” The Police Department hopes to reduce random gunfire through a program of education, suppression, and prosecution. The Department will be using its “Shot Spotter” gunshot locater system, which determines the exact location of any firearm discharged in the city. The reckless discharge of a firearm is a felony under section 246.3 of the Penal Code and carries up to a three-year prison sentence.

The Department has established a special gunshot telephone hotline, which is (650) 780-7639, and urges the public to call in the event gunfire is heard, particularly on New Year’s Eve. Through increased public awareness, the Redwood City Police have seen a significant decrease in calls of random gunfire, and attribute it to this program.

Redwood City Police officers will be investigating and tracking down any individuals shooting guns into the air. Arrests will be made when possible and violators will be booked at San Mateo County Jail.

The Department’s goal in using the “Shot Spotter” system, increased patrols, and public information is to reduce or eliminate the incidence of gunfire in celebration of New Year’s Eve. The public is asked to use the gunshot hotline, celebrate without the use of firearms, and to have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.

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Policía de Redwood City Anuncia “Operation Silent Night/Noche en Silencio” para el Año Nuevo 2012

Redwood City, CA – El Departamento de Policía de Redwood City le advierte al público que celebrar el Año Nuevo descargando una arma de fuego al aire no solamente es ilegal, pero puede herir y hasta matar a alguien.

En respuesta a los problemas con armas y disparos ilegales de los años pasados, la policía de Redwood City anuncia el programa “Operation Silent Night/Noche en Silencio 2012.” El Departamento de policía espera reducir los disparos al aire por medio de un programa educativo Tambien se levantarán cargos a las personas que cometan este crimen. El Departmento usará su sistema localizador de disparos llamado “Shot Spotter”, el cual determina el lugar exacto de cualquier disparo dentro de la ciudad. La descarga de una arma peligrosa se considera una felonía bajo la sección 246.3 del Codigo Penal y lleva una condena de hasta tres años en prision.

El Departamento ha implementado una línea telefónica especificamente para reportar los disparos al aire, la cual es (650) 780-7639. Se le urge al público que llame a este número si escucha disparos, en particular durante la noche de Año Nuevo. Desde que se implementó este programa se ha reducido la cantidad de reportes tratandose de disparos al aire.

Los oficiales del Departamento de Redwood City investigarán y harán todo lo posible por localizar individuos que descargan armas de fuego al aire. Cuando posible arestarán a los responsables y serán llevados a la carcel del Condado de San Mateo.

Utilizando el sistema “Shot Spotter” y aumentando la cantidad de oficiales en patrulla el Departamento espera reducir o eliminar por completo los incidentes de descargas ilegales en celebración del Año Nuevo. Se le urge al público usar esta linea telefónica y celebrar el Ano Nuevo sin el uso de armas y asi tener un feliz y seguro Año Nuevo.

Visiten la página web de la Ciudad de Redwood City en para más información sobre la Ciudad y sus servicios a la comunidad, programas de recreación, educación, y negocios locales. Suscríbase al boletín electrónico de Redwood City por medio de



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DUI Checkpoints in Redwood City This Saturday

Good afternoon –

The Redwood City Police have scheduled a DUI Checkpoint for this Saturday, December 29, at multiple undisclosed locations in Redwood City, starting at 6 pm. I wanted to pass this RCPD news release along to help remind you to drive safely, don’t drink and drive, and be sure to use a designated driver.


~ malcolm


DUI Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

Redwood City, CA – The Redwood City Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on December 29, 2012, at undisclosed locations within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The checkpoint will be mobile and will move between multiple locations within the city, operating for several hours at each location.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions in Redwood City resulted in 51 injury crashes harming 76 of our friends and neighbors,” said Redwood City Police Sgt. Ashley Osborne.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Redwood City needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Redwood City Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

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Take a Hike on New Year’s Day

Good morning –
I hope your holidays are pleasant! I got this note from Friends of Edgewood, about a New Year’s Day hike, and I thought I’d pass it along to you.


~ malcolm


New Year’s Walk

Plants & People: Stories  – Jan 1, 2013, Tuesday, 10 am – 1 pm
Carry out your resolutions to exercise and learn more about the natural world!  Join a New Year’s hike with Friends of Edgewood docent Harry Cornbleet, who will share stories that illuminate the relationship between people and plants.  Which shrub is known as “Cowboy Cologne”? How did chemists discover the allergen in Poison Oak?  Do people really make ink from oak galls?   Adults, seniors and families with interested children are welcome. Heavy rain cancels.

Where to meet

Walks start from the Education Center at Edgewood Park. A Google map is available here.

What to bring

Bring water, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a snack if you wish. We don’t stop for lunch, but picnic tables are usually available after the walks in the Old Stage Day Camp area.


Restrooms and water are available only at the Education Center and in the Old Stage Day Camp.


No reservations are needed unless you have a group of 10 or more. For group reservations, please email

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CHP DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Redwood City Tonight

Good morning –
I wanted to direct you to this article in the Redwood City Patch, about a DUI checkpoint that the California Highway Patrol is scheduled to implement tonight in Redwood City. The precise location is unknown – but please take this as a reminder to be safe during the holiday, don’t drink and drive, and be sure to have a designated driver if your activities include alcohol.


~ malcolm


DUI Checkpoint to Take Place in Redwood City Saturday

CHP officers plan to ‘aggressively seek those who choose to drive drunk.’

The Redwood City Area Office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, Dec. 22 to “aggressively seek those who choose to drive drunk.”
“Every year, members of our community are injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. It is the department’s goal to use this enforcement tool to assist with the reduction of injury and fatal collisions that are caused by drunk drivers,” said CHP Officer Arturo Montiel on Friday. “We are asking the public to designate a driver if they happen to allow alcohol to be part of their evening.”
The checkpoint will be operated from approximately 8 p.m. to midnight.

This checkpoint may be cancelled due to inclement weather, Montiel said.

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Notice of Funding Availability/RFP for Projects Assisting Low/Moderate Income Households

Good afternoon – here’s something that may be of interest, since some of you may be involved (or know others who are involved) with organizations which provide assistance to low/moderate income households. It’s aimed at such organizations, soliciting proposals for funding of programs relating to affordable housing, public facilities and economic development activities that create jobs for low income persons. I’m sending this out now because the dates for the Technical Assistance workshops for proposers are in early January.

Please read below, and do pass this along to others who might be interested.


~ malcolm


City of Redwood City – Notice of Funding Availability and Request for Proposals

The City of Redwood City is pleased to announce the availability of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for eligible projects to be funded with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME). These grant fund sources are available to organizations providing assistance to low and moderate income households residing within Redwood City that meet one or more of the City’s Consolidated Plan priorities relating to affordable housing, public facilities and economic development activities that create jobs for low income persons.

Complete information and the full Notice of Funding Availability/Request for Proposals is available on the City’s Housing Services website at (click on “Grants and Loans” under “Housing”).  All proposals must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 25, 2013.

Technical Assistance Workshops

Technical assistance workshops will be held on January 8, 2013 from 10 – 11 am and January 10, 2013 from 3 – 4 pm at City Hall, Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, 94063. Attendance at a workshop is mandatory for all new CDBG or HOME applicants.

For more information, contact Rhonda Coffman at 650.780.7299 or via email at

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Leapset & Ike’s Lair Help Raise Funds for Toy & Book Drive

Hello, and happy Friday!

Just a quick reminder that local company Leapset is raising funds for the Police/Fire/PAL Toy & Book Drive, with YOUR help.

Leapset will donate $2 to this great cause, for each restaurant order you place through their service. This is good for any Leapset online orders from restaurants in Redwood City and San Mateo, through January! Please take a look, and see if you can help. PLUS, Ike’s Lair sandwich shop in Redwood City is participating with an additional $1 when orders are placed for their great food through Leapset.

Please read below, enjoy top notch food from Ike’s or any of the many restaurants that are part of Leapset’s program, and help PAL’s Toy and Book Drive!

~ malcolm


It Tastes Good to Give!

Help the Redwood City Fire/Police/PAL Toy & Book Drive with Local Companies Leapset and Ike’s Lair 

Redwood City-based Leapset will donate $2 to the Redwood City Fire/Police/PAL Toy & Book Drive, for every restaurant order placed through Leapset in any of our Redwood City or San Mateo locations. No limit to how many orders! (up to a maximum $5,000 donation)

Just use the discount code RWCPAL at checkout – go to

Ike’s Lair in Redwood City will donate an additional $1 every time the code is used for food from this sandwich spot, for a total of $3 donation to the Toy & Book Drive.  This fundraising partnership continues through January 31, 2013. Toys and books are distributed to needy families in Redwood City and San Mateo County areas. For info on the toy drive, visit

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Trash/Recycling Pickup Schedule Adjusted for Holidays

Hi, one more item this afternoon –

I received the Recology trash/recycling/compost pickup schedule for the holidays, please see below. You’ll want to note that if your regular pick up day falls on or after Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, then it will be pushed out one day. Regular service resumes the week of January 7, 2013.

Be sure to visit for full details, and if you have questions please call Recology at 650-595-3900.


~ malcolm


2012 Holiday Collection Schedule

There will be NO CartSMART Recycle, Compost and  Garbage collection services on Tuesday, December 25, 2012  and  Tuesday, January 1, 2013

 If your regular collection day falls on or after the holiday, your service will be delayed by one day. Your regular collection service schedule will resume the week of January 7, 2013.







Dec 24

Regular Service

Dec 25
Christmas Day

NO SERVICE. Office Closed

Dec 26

Service for Tuesday Customers

Dec 27

Service for Wednesday Customers

Dec 28

Service for Thursday Customers

Dec 29

Service for Friday Customers. Office Closed

Dec 31

Regular Service

Jan 1
New Year’s Day

NO SERVICE. Office Closed

Jan 2

Service for Tuesday Customers

Jan 3

Service for Wednesday Customers

Jan 4

Service for Thursday Customers

Jan 5

Service for Friday Customers. Office Closed

Questions? Call 650.595.3900 or visit 

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Holiday Lighted & Decorated Boats On Parade at the Port!

Good afternoon –

Here’s a really fun, different idea to enhance your holiday spirit.

Check out the Sequoia Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade on Friday evening at the Port of Redwood City! This is part of a boat  lighting/decorating contest being coordinated by the Sequoia Yacht Club, and the entries are being judged this week. Tomorrow night (Friday, December 21) at about 5:45 pm, participating boats will be taking a spin around the harbor, fully decorated and/or lit up for the holidays. It should be quite a sight!

The best viewing spots are from the public fishing pier and adjacent waterfront access areas, and parking is available in the Port Marina parking lot. To get there, take Seaport Boulevard, and turn left at Seaport Court. You’ll also see lots of lit up and decorated boats docked in the marina there.

The event is sponsored in partnership with the Port of Redwood City and Spinnaker Sailing. The Sequoia Yacht Club web page is located at

Thank you,

~ malcolm

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Diamond Awards for Arts Includes 3 Redwood City Recipients

Good morning –

The winners of the 2012 Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Awards were announced this week, and I’m pleased to let you know that three of the awards go to Redwood City recipients!

Please read the excerpt from the Peninsula Arts Council news release below, and join me in congratulating all the recipients, especially Redwood City Council Member Barbara Pierce, receiving an award as an Arts Volunteer, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, owners of the historic Fox Theatre who are winners for Local Business Support, and the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, recognized for Government Support. Learn more at and put the awards gala event on your calendar for January 25, 2013.

Thank you,
~ malcolm

December 18, 2012
Contact: Julie Fellers
Peninsula Arts Council
(650) 591-2101

2012 Diamond Award Recipients Announced Peninsula Arts Council to Present Awards at Gala on January 25th at Hiller Aviation Museum

San Carlos, CA – Peninsula Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2012 Diamond Award recipients. The annual Diamond Awards recognize artistic achievement in San Mateo County in nine categories. Of over 60 nominations received through an open call for nominations, Peninsula Arts Council and guest judges had the daunting task of narrowing down the finalists and selecting the final recipients.  This year’s impressive roster of honorees includes:

*    Music for Minors, Arts Organization
*    Dr. Bryan Baker, Individual Artist
*    Sean Traynor, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist
*    Amanda Odasz, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist
*    Barbara Pierce, Arts Volunteer
*    Maureen McVerry, Arts Educator
*    Eric & Lori Lochtefeld, Fox Theatre, Local Business Support
*    Coastside Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser, Judi Shintani, Donor Support
*    Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Government Support
*    Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Special Recognition

These ten new honorees will join a roster of over 100 artists and organizations who have received this prestigious award over the event’s 10-year history.  Previous notable honorees have included Neil and Pegi Young, Troy Paiva, Jackie Speier, Nathan Chan, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Albert Guibara, all outstanding representatives of San Mateo County’s flourishing arts culture.  “These awards are about recognizing all aspects of our arts eco system and showcasing the individuals and organizations who advance the arts in San Mateo County,” notes Julie Fellers, President of Peninsula Arts Council.  “We know that all who attend the Diamond Awards will come away with a renewed admiration for our community members and be inspired by the creative work that is being done here.”

Peninsula Arts Council will present the 11th Annual Diamond Awards, San Mateo County’s Arts Hall of Fame on Friday evening, January 25, 2013, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.  The celebratory evening includes an hors d’oevres reception, no-host cocktails, silent auction, entertainment and awards presentation. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at  The $25 ticket price includes all Hiller Aviation Museum exhibits.

Peninsula Arts Council (PAC) is a non-profit organization serving San   Mateo County for 20 years. Its mission is to advance the arts in San Mateo County. The organization’s three key areas of focus include: arts education, public art, and developing San Mateo County into a destination for the arts, parks and culture.



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Saturday Events – Kids Music @ Shores; Hike @ Edgewood Park

Good morning –
Here is information about two events this Saturday – you may be interested in one…or both!
One is a great, fun performance for kids, at the Redwood Shores Library, featuring Cotton Candy Express. The other is a nice morning hike at Edgewood County Park, hosted by Friends of Edgewood. Please read below for details to help you make this tough choice!
~ malcolm
Free Kids Show with Cotton Candy Express!
Saturday, December 15 at 11 am

Redwood Shores Branch Library 399 Marine Parkway

Celebrate the holidays with Cotton Candy Express at the Redwood Shores Branch Library. Let Lori and RJ get your kids swinging and singing!

Cotton Candy Express is Kid’s Music with a GROOVE! Featuring award winning family entertainment – interactive songs – comedy – games

Not only the kids love our show, but parents connect to the contemporary electronic musical sounds and our dynamic stage presence. Our performances are inclusive of children and adults from the audience participating on songs with cool props, special microphones, pom poms, wild wigs, silly noses, and whatever else we can create that’s fun for our show. See for info about Cotton Candy Express.
See Cotton Candy Express live, free at the Redwood Shores Library, this Saturday!

Late Fall/Early Winter: Berries, Birds and Beyond December 15, 2012, 10 am

Autumn’s seed and fruit crop provide food for many kinds of animals, helping support the whole food web through fall and winter.  Join Friends of Edgewood docent Trevlyn Williams one a three to four mile hike to explore Edgewood’s fall and winter bounty. Note: heavy rain cancels.

When December 15, 2012, 10 am Walk begins at 10 am and ends around 1 pm.

Where to meet Walks start from the Education Center at Edgewood Park 6 Old Stage Coach Rd, Redwood City, CA 94062 Just off Edgewood Road, 1 mile east of I280. The parking lot can fill up early. Use extreme care when parking along Edgewood Road.

What to bring Bring water, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a snack if you wish. We don’t stop for lunch, but picnic tables are usually available after the walks in the Old Stage Day Camp area.

Restrooms Restrooms and water are available only at the Education Center and in the Old Stage Day Camp.

Reservations No reservations are needed unless you have a group of 10 or more. For group reservations, please email

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