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Ride Along With Redwood City Police Via Twitter

Good morning, and happy Friday to you!

Here’s a really interesting piece of information – our police department just continues to provide innovative ways to connect and learn! The latest is a “Virtual Ride Along” via Twitter. Take a look at the info below, and then join in on June 7.


~ malcolm



The Redwood City Police Department is Hosting a

“Virtual Ride Along” on Twitter

Redwood City, CA — Do you want to spend a Friday night patrolling the streets with an officer from the Redwood City Police Department? If you’re on Twitter, you’re going to get a chance to do just that.
The Redwood City Police Department will be hitting the beat for its first-ever “virtual ride-along” via Twitter!

  • Friday, June 7th, 2013 2 pm until 10 pm Twitter feed:   @Redwoodcitypd  

A member of our Social Media team will be riding with Officer Ryan Adler and live-tweeting calls for service, crimes in progress, arrests, vehicle accidents, and anything else that may come up during the course of the officer’s shift on the official Department Twitter account, @Redwoodcitypd.

The goal of the “virtual ride-along” is to give our community insight into the realities of law enforcement in Redwood City. Tweets may include pictures and videos as appropriate.
All tweets will include the hashtag “RCPDvra” for “Redwood City Police Department virtual ride-along.” Twitter users can ask us questions during the ride-along by using the hashtag or mentioning us. We will answer questions as time allows. We estimate sending between 50 and 150 tweets during the eight-hour ride-along, depending on the volume of calls for service and the level of engagement with the public.
The Redwood City Police Department launched all of its social media platforms in June 2011. Since then, our Twitter account has gained more than 2,300 followers and our Facebook page has gained more than 1300 “likes.” Links to all of our social media platforms can be found online or via our webpage at

Contact Information: Officer Chris Rasmussen 650-780-7100


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Memorial for Former Mayor Bob Bury

Good afternoon –


Many of you know that a few weeks ago we mourned the passing of Robert H. (Bob) Bury, a former City Council Member, Mayor, and Port Commissioner here in Redwood City.

Mr. Bury, who died at age 94, was a long-time fixture in Redwood City, and spent decades of his life serving the community, including a great deal of time spent participating on numerous local, regional, and even national boards and organizations.


His family is planning a public Celebration of Life gathering in honor of Mr. Bury, and because he was so well known, and his life positively impacted so many members of the community, I wanted to pass along this invitation. The family has made it known that all are welcome: Saturday, June 8, 2013, 1:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial Building at 1455 Madison Avenue. I’m told that the Celebration will include the presentation of Military Honors, in recognition of Mr. Bury’s service to our country in WWII. Light refreshments will be served.




~ malcolm


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Woodside High School Fundraiser – Car Show This Sunday

Good morning – Woodside High School is holding the “Wild Cars for Wildcats” car show this Sunday to raise funds for its athletic department. Please read below!




~ malcolm



Wild Cars for Wildcats


Come support your local high school athletic department! Classic cars, classic trucks, dash plaques, food and beverages, live music, games and prizes! Open to the public, all ages are welcome!

Sunday June 2, 2013
9 am – 2 pm

Woodside High School
Alameda & Woodside Rd.



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Deadline Extended for Application to Serve on Library Board

Good afternoon –

You may be interested to know that the deadline for application to serve on Redwood City’s Library Board has been extended – you have until 5 pm, Wednesday, June 5 to apply. Please read below for the details!


~ malcolm



For Immediate Release
May 28, 2013

Silvia Vonderlinden
City Clerk

MEDIA ADVISORY: Deadline Extended for Library Board Applications 


Redwood City, CA – Redwood City has extended the deadline for applications to serve on the City’s Library Board. The new deadline is 5 pm, Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
Applications are available online at, or may be requested by calling 650-780-7220.   Appointment to the Library Board will be made by the City Council.
Serving on a Redwood City Board, Commission or Committee is an  important way to offer new perspectives and ideas, and contribute to the   City’s discussions and decisions on a variety of substantial matters. Members of these committees serve an essential function in helping to  manage the significant issues our community faces – and being appointed requires a commitment to carrying out the responsibilities of serving. Applicants’ ability to build consensus, their willingness to offer  thoughtful, productive recommendations, and their motivation to be  prepared, informed, and engaged in their committee’s work are all  critical factors contributing to being appointed.

Requirements are that applicants must be residents and electors of  incorporated Redwood City, have a strong interest in civic involvement  and must be 18 years of age or older. Selected applicants will be invited for oral interviews.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at  for information about the City and its services, the community,   recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting

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Memorial Day Ceremony / Update on Families Displaced by Recent Fire

Good afternoon –

Just two quick things I thought you would want to know:

  1. Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Union Cemetery, Monday 10 am – click here for details
  2. Update on families displaced by fire – thanks to all who have donated clothing, money, or other items. I’m told that sufficient clothing has been collected, and the greater need now is for monetary donations. An account has been set up with San Mateo Credit Union and donations may be made at any branch. Reference “636 Oakside Fire Victims” account.


~ malcolm

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New Executive Director for Redwood City 2020

Good afternoon –

Please see the news release below – we’re happy to announce that Jana Kiser has accepted the position of Executive Director for Redwood City 2020!



~ malcolm


For Immediate Release
May 23, 2013


Barbara Pierce, Chair
Redwood City 2020 Coordinating Council
Member, City Council of Redwood City 650-208-9828

New Executive Director Hired for Collaborative Redwood City 2020

Redwood City, CA – The City of Redwood City is pleased to announce that Ms. Jana Kiser has accepted the position of Executive Director of Redwood City 2020, the local community collaborative which supports youth and families and seeks to engage and strengthen the community through its programs. Ms. Kiser will assume this important leadership role on June 3, 2013.

As Executive Director, Ms. Kiser will facilitate and lead the Redwood City 2020 partners toward implementing programs aimed at achieving the group’s goals, manage the organization’s operations and budget, assist with fundraising and communication strategies, and lead data analysis and evaluation related to selected indicators. She will also work with Redwood City 2020’s policy-making Coordinating Council and advisory Cabinet to strategize and implement plans and programs for the organization. The Redwood City 2020 partnership consists of the City of Redwood City, the Redwood City Elementary School District, the Sequoia Union High School District, San Mateo County, Stanford University/John W. Gardner Center, First 5 San Mateo County, the Sequoia Healthcare District, and Kaiser Permanente. The Redwood City 2020 website is located at

“We’re very happy to have Jana join Redwood City 2020 as Executive Director,” said Barbara Pierce, Chair of the Redwood City 2020 Coordinating Council, and City Council member. “She brings a wonderful level of experience in collaborative efforts, education, and youth development, and clearly has the full range of leadership and management skills to bring further success to this organization.”

Ms. Kiser’s background includes founding and serving for 13 years as executive director of Global Learning, an international not-for-profit organization which provides educational programs in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the United States. While there, she worked with colleagues and partner organizations from more than 24 countries and spearheaded education and community development projects that served more than 20,000 children. Her most recent position was as Community School Coordinator of a full-service community school in the Redwood City School District, providing services from more than 40 partner organizations, and managing a large team of holistic and youth development staff.

“This is such an exciting opportunity – I’m very fortunate to be able to join Redwood City 2020 and help the organization and its partners to move forward,” said Ms. Kiser. “The mission and values of Redwood City 2020 reflect my own strong commitment to advancing education and youth and family development initiatives.”

Ms. Kiser holds a degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Master of Arts in International Education Policy.

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Friday Night Concert Series Preview / Fundraiser – May 31!

Good afternoon –
I wanted to let you know about an exciting event coming up on Friday May 31 – it’s a very special Preview Night for the upcoming Music on the Square Friday night concert series, and will help raise funds to keep the music alive.
Please read below for all the details – I’ll send a reminder next week, but get this on your calendar now so that you’ll be sure to join in the fun!
And, stay up to date on all the great events and activities happening Downtown and around town, by visiting
~ malcolm

FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES PREVIEW NIGHT! On Friday, May 31, 6:00-8:00pm, on Courthouse Square there will be an event

organized by Steve Penna and Friends to support the Redwood City Friday Night Concert series.

A Video DJ will be spinning tunes from each of the upcoming Friday Night Concerts groups. Dancing! Dancing! Dancing!

There will be several restaurant attending giving complimentary “food samples” to encourage you to order from them on Friday Nights or join them for beverages and food at their establishments before or after Redwood City events

Thank You to:
D Tequila Lounge, Arya, Cafe La Tartine, Sandwich Spot, Russian Family Restaurant, La Viga, New Kapadokia, Max’s Café, Sweetcakes, LeBoulanger, LaVictoria, Sakura, (partial list).

There will be local businesses attending to inform you of their services and providing give-a-way promotional items.

We will unveil the award winning t-shirt design for the very first time.  And yes, you can buy one RIGHT THERE.  The contest was a joint venture between ARTS RWC and the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation.

The Spectrum Magazine is publishing its third annual Redwood City Downtown Directory and needs your help. This year’s Directory theme is “All Roads Lead Home.”  The directory is a tool to attract visitors to our Downtown area. The photo that will be used on the cover will be taken at the May 31 event.

Publisher Steve Penna wants community members to join in the excitement and be included in the photo. Residents can wear costumes, shirts representing your nonprofit organization, work or school or just show up as you. This will be a fun activity and you can become a part of Redwood City history!

BEVERAGES: The Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation
will be selling Beer and Wine to also raise monies to continue the Friday Night Concert series and other events.

Anyone who wants to support the Friday Night Concert series and make sure with our support that they will continue this and next year. Please invite your family and community friends!

Donations are requested but not required to attend. Suggested donations are: $25 per person. There will be different donation levels offered. (When attending the Friday Night Concerts, donation buckets are passed through the audience.

Once you donate you are given a sticker to wear for the night to show you donated. Those donating $100 or more on Friday May 31, will be given a permanent sticker/button that is durable and can be worn every week to show you supported the Friday Night Concerts and you will not need to donate again unless you choose to. All Tax Deductible donations should be made out to: Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation.



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Redwood City’s Plastic Bag Ban – Stores Are Allowed to Start Prior to October 1 Deadline

Good morning –

Please read this clarification about the timing of Redwood City’s plastic bag ban.

A number of cities on the peninsula, and San Mateo County, implemented a plastic bag ban on April 22. While Redwood City’s ordinance will not be enforced until October 1, you should know that stores are allowed to implement the ban and start charging for paper bags earlier.  

Several stores are doing that right now, so I wanted to let you know that this is OK, the ordinance permits them to start the plastic bag ban prior to October 1.

You’ll recall that this ordinance bans distribution of single-use carryout plastic bags by all retailers except restaurants and nonprofits, and does not include protective bags for produce or meat, dry-cleaning, and newspapers, among other exemptions. The ordinance requires retailers to charge a minimum of 10¢ per paper bag used (25¢ as of 2015). Enforcement will be complaint-based, and conducted by San Mateo County. More details are on the City’s reusable bag ordinance information page.



~ malcolm

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Support Redwood City Education Foundation – Shop Whole Foods Wednesday; Register for 4th of July Parade Run Fundraiser

Good morning –
Here are a couple of great opportunities to support our youth in Redwood City, through the Redwood City Education Foundation: one is a partnership with Whole Foods with 5% of sales TOMORROW going to music education, and the other is the opening of registration for the 4th of July fundraising Parade Run. Please read on, and visit!
~ Malcolm

The Redwood City Education Foundation & Whole Foods Market School Music Benefit Event

Here is a great opportunity to support music education in our schoolsIt’s easy — just stock up at the Redwood City Whole Foods Market on Wednesday May 22. It’s perfect timing for your Memorial Day gathering that weekend! 5% of all sales, all day, go to keep music education for our kids.

  • 9 am to 7 pm
    Stop by the RCEF table and meet some of our RCEF volunteers and local education leaders.
  • 9 to 11 am
    Enjoy a free cup of coffee and pastry, free morning makeover for Mom and face painting for children.
  • 3:15 pm 
    Orion School Chorus led by teacher Robbie Fredericks.
  • 5 pm Buy some delicious dinner from the Whole Foods pop-up kiosk and have a seat while enjoying musical entertainment by the Woodside High School Band (led by Bill Tolles), featuring some of our talented Redwood City School District alumni. Face painting for children, too.


4th of July Parade Run Registration Open!

Registration is now open for this year’s Parade Run in downtown Redwood City on July 4th!  Last year, we reached full capacity, so there may be a chance we will have to cap the number of entrants this year. Don’t miss out – register early to secure your spot! It’s easy, just go to:


For your families out there, we are introducing the Family Pack Special (2 adults and 2 children). If you register together, you will receive $20 voucher good towards a new pair of shoes at one of our two packet pickup locations, Fleet Feet Sports and Roadrunner Sports, on pick-up day. Family t-shirt sponsorships are also available until June 1 – make your family famous by putting your name on our stylish race t-shirt!


All proceeds go towards supporting the Redwood City Education Foundation.


The RCEF has been working since 1983 to advance and enrich education opportunities for all students in the K-8 Redwood City School District. Learn more at:


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The Summer Event Season is ON in Beautiful Redwood City!

Good afternoon –

The summer events schedule is really shaping up!

You’re invited  to join the fun Downtown and throughout the city for Redwood City’s seventh season of FREE events and entertainment.

Every week throughout the summer at beautiful Courthouse Square, engaging evenings will showcase fabulous, free, fun-filled activities: Thursdays with Movies on the Square, and Fridays featuring Music on the Square.

Other ongoing  vents in the coming months include Classical Concerts, Shakespeare in the Park, a new Kid’s Concerts Series on Sundays called Kidchella, as well as special outdoor exhibits featuring Art on the Square. Plus, we have more music monthly at Sounds of the Shores in Redwood Shores, and weekly concerts at Stafford Park at Music in the Park.

For the complete run-down of this season’s Redwood City entertainment schedule, visit



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