Summertime in the Shores Calendar of RSCA Events

As school lets out and the days get warmer, summer festivities We hope you will join us at Shores events!
Sounds of the Shores Summer Concerts
begin! Mark your calendars for Sounds of the Shores
Summer Concerts! (Additional details are on Page 5.)
Three Summer Sundays, 5-7pm @ Marlin Park
June 11th • RiP-TiDEs (Beach Boys Party Band)
As days heat up, so do Shores Construction Projects.

July 9th • Cocktail Monkeys (Rock/Pop/R&B)
PG&E and SVCW project details are on Page 20 and 23.

August 13th • The Shanks (Classic Rock)
Additional construction projects in our area include:
• Renovations and parking lot resurfacing at the Bay Club
• New hotel neighbors along Shoreway Road Annual Levee Cleanup
• Design Tech School on Oracle Pkwy and Marine Pkwy Saturday, August 26th at 8am to 12noon
• Sandpiper’s expansion off of Redwood Shores Pkwy (save the date to help cleanup the Shores!)

Halloween Walk @ Marlin Park
• Median Signs, on both Parkways, will finally be

Saturday, October 28th at 1pm
connected to electricity thanks to the City and SVCW!
With all the equipment and workers coming and going around
the Shores, All ShoreS reSidentS need to take extra time
Santa Visits the Shores Library
Sunday, December 10th at 1-3pm
and precautions to ensure safety. Also review ‘Approaches to
Creating Safer Roads’ from RCPD Captain Spicer on Page 14.
If you need a helping hand this summer, call on available You can always find more information about these
Shores Students listed on Page 25. and other community events on our web site at

June Celebrations! RSCA.org
Father’s day – Sunday, June 18th
A day to show appreciation for all he
does for his family, and treat him to
favorite activities!

Summer Solstice –
tuesday, June 20th at
9:24pm Pdt
Technically, the June
Solstice is the exact
instant of time when the
sun is directly overhead
on the Tropic of Cancer.
As always, rSCA works with all residents and city officials
to keep the Shores a greAt place to live and work.
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2017 Board of Directors
Lynn Kathleen Adams Connie Munevar
Nina Boire Sue Nix
Jim Cvengros Ben Ploshay
Stacey Jamison Clemencia Rodriguez
Carol Ford Harris Rogers
Shannon Guzzetta Steven Tsujisaka
Don Long Bob Slusser
Mike Mancusi Andrew Young

RSCA’s Board of Directors meet at the
Redwood Shores Library on the 2nd ursday of each
month at 7pm. Our next Board Meeting will be:
June 8th, 2017
• Summertime in the Shores.....................................Page 1

ARChiTECTuRAl DESign REviEw BoARD (non-HOA areas):
• Calendar of RSCA Events......................................Page 1
• RSCA: What We Do & Your Role.........................Page 5
• From the Mayor / Redwood City Trivia .................Page 6 Jim Cvengros Carol Ford Sue Nix
• At Home in the Shores: Cabinet Accessories ..........Page 8 For CC&R copies & information, email <ADB@rsca.org>
• Architectural Design Review Board........................Page 8
• Library Events in June .........................................Page 11
• Carlmont High School Robotics..........................Page 11
• It’s Elementary School Update .............................Page 12 DEADLINES for e PILOT
• Rotary Club Supports Teachers & Students .........Page 12 e deadline for space reservation is normally the end of the
• Sandpiper & BRSSD Robotics Achievement .......Page 13 first week of each month for the following month’s issue.
• RCPD Approaches to Creating Safer Roads.........Page 14 Please email <ThePILOT@rsca.org> for a precise schedule.
• Mother Nature’s Grand Slam ...............................Page 18 PUBLISHER: Redwood Shores Community Association
• Simple Curry for Summer ...................................Page 18
e PILOT is the official monthly publication of
• Redwood Shores Tennis Club ..............................Page 20
the Redwood Shores Community Association.
• PG&E Pipeline Projects.......................................Page 20
CIRCULATION: 6,000 Shores Households & Businesses
• SVCW Site Preparations......................................Page 23
• Lynn’s Kitchen: Shortcake Biscuits.......................Page 24 Opinions published in e Pilot are solely those of the
• Classified Ads / Available Shores Students ..............Page 25 authors and not the expressions of RSCA unless so officially
and expressly designated.
• St. Mark’s Corner.................................................Page 26
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RSCA: whAT wE Do & YouR RolE
e PILOT is delivered to Shores homes and businesses In addition to Communications, Events and Membership*,
every month as part of the mission of the Redwood Shores some of the liasion roles that RSCA takes on are:
Community Association (RSCA) to CoMMuniCAte Architectural Design Board (ADB), Schools, Heron Court,
with everyone who lives and works here. Technology, Emergency Prep/Safety, Airport, Beautification,
In addition to the Fun ACtivitieS that RSCA organizes Neighboring Cities, Outreach, Public Works, Services, etc.
every year, (EGGstravaganza, Sounds of the Shores, Halloween we welcome volunteers and assistance from You!
Parade), board members work hard behind the scenes to ensure *Membership helps the RSCA more effectively operate on
the Shores stays beautiful as well as modern, vibrant and calm. behalf of all homeowners, renters, employers, workers and
RSCA has been an advocate for the Shores for over 45 years! various wildlife who occupy the Shores. Please become a
We have established great relAtionShiPS with city Member and be involved in our community!
officials, departments and businesses in Redwood City, and to become a Member, send your check for $45.00 to:
our neighbors in Belmont and San Carlos. redwood Shores Community Association
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Library on the 2nd ursday of each month at 7pm).
Be part of our GREAT community in Redwood Shores!

ree Summer Sundays, 5-7pm @ Marlin Park
June 11th • Beach Boys Party Band • e RiP-TiDEs! are a
vintage, 60s-style, rock'n'roll band comprised of six guys-
playing a great mix of dance, oldies and contemporary hits!
July 9th • Rock/Pop/R&B • e Cocktail Monkeys bring you
more than exciting music and perfect vocal harmony; they
bring fun, camaraderie, and professionalism to each show.
With an alluring and powerful stage presence, from the first
song, Renee and the guys lead you through a fantasy evening
covering your favorite songs by your favorite bands.
August 13th • Classic Rock • e Shanks are a premier classic
rock cover band in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently
honored as winners, and for a second time as runners-up, of
the KFOX 98.5 "Last Band Standing" competition hosted
by Greg Kihn. is competition seeks to identify the best
cover bands in the SF Bay Area.

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fRoM ThE M AYoR Art on the Square – redwoodcity.org/artonthesquare
ART on the Square features the best in fine arts and crafts for
Happy Summer! I grew up in a community in which the
summer population swelled with tourists. I remember six special events, starting on May 20th at Courthouse Square
waiting with great anticipation for summer, not only in downtown Redwood City. Complementing Redwood
because school would be out for three months, but because City’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, Music on the Square and
it meant all the incredibly fun activities would return for us the PAL Blues Festival, ART on the Square showcases original
to enjoy. at is one of the reasons I love Redwood City; painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more, at
the robust schedule of events throughout the year and prices for every budget. ere’s also exquisite jewelry at every
summertime is the pinnacle of great opportunities for show, and for those who can’t get enough of it, there is a special
everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the events you can Jewelry on the Square on July 7th. Plus, every ART on the
enjoy this summer in Redwood City: Square event is combined with great
Originally music,in
positioned food, and fun!
Atlantic City
Music in the Park – redwoodcity.org/musicinthepark kidchella – redwoodcity.org/kidchella
Free music for 10 full weeks throughout the summer! e Redwood City is pleased to offer its kids music series for the
2017 season features concerts in a laid-back park ambiance fifth year! For four Sundays this summer, the ubiquitous
on wednesday evenings from 6 to 8pm. With unique and Andy Z will be the Master of Music and Play by bringing
varied musical performances — including Motown, Blues, his high energy to Courthouse Square. is series will
Zydeco, Latin, Funk/Soul and much more — families and provide a safe and fun environment for kids to dance and
friends will enjoy our free outdoor concert series, in the enjoy live music from 11am to 1pm. e 2017 season kicks
relaxing setting of beautiful Stafford Park. off on June 11th and winds up with Andy Z and the
Andyland Band on September 10th. Your family will be
Movies on the Square – redwoodcity.org/movies thrilled to enjoy free live music, along with an inflatable
Redwood City’s summer movie experience brings you FREE play-land and more, at the Kidchella series this summer!
movies on ursday evenings starting at sundown
Shakespeare in the Park – redwoodcity.org/shakespeare
(approximately 8:45pm, then earlier as the summer
progresses). Enjoy a variety of movies that will delight kids Celebrating its 34th year, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
and adults alike. brings its performance of “Hamlet” to Downtown Redwood
City for three weekends in August! Shakespeare in the
Music on the Square – redwoodcity.org/musiconthesquare Park offers three 7:30pm shows on Saturdays, and three
Free music every week throughout the summer! is year 4pm shows on Sundays, while providing an opportunity to
brings 14 unique concerts on Friday evenings from 6 to 8pm, see high quality, professional theater in the relaxing outdoor
beginning on June 2nd and running through September 1st. setting of the Sequoia High School Campus, free of charge.
With top-quality local and national musical performers from
More information about all of the events is available at
rock, blues, and pop, to reggae and much more.
http://www.redwoodcityevents.com.
Classical on the Square – redwoodcity.org/classical

REDwooD CiTY TRiviA
For the classical, instrumental or opera music lover, or
anyone who appreciates great musical talent, Redwood City
offers three concerts for its Classical Music Series starting In celebration of Redwood City’s Sesquicentennial, I am
in June. e series launches at 7pm with Redwood going to post a monthly trivia question about Redwood
Symphony on June 24th, followed by Opera San Jose on July City. e first person to email the correct answer to
9th at 6pm. e season concludes on September 10th with <jseybert@redwoodcity.org> will be recognized in the
Bayshore Lyric Opera at 5pm. following month’s PILOT and win a small prize (you may
Sounds of the Shores – redwoodcity.org/soundsoftheshores only win one time).
Redwood City takes its summer music programn out to Congratulations to Richard B. for correctly answering the
Redwood Shores for three Sunday concerts throughout the May trivia question. Redwood City held its first City
summer. Performances on June 11th, July 9th, and August Council meeting on May 18th, 1867.
13th at Marlin Park are a local family favorite. (Additional Here is this month’s trivia question:
details about the concerts is listed on Page 5.) What Redwood City department is older than
the city itself; having been formed in 1861?
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Maximize Storage with Cabinet Accessories
If remodeling your entire kitchen isn’t in the cards this year,
consider installing cabinet accessories. Not only are these
functional, space-saving accoutrements able to add
considerable inches to your current storage, the instant
organization will make it feel like it’s been customized for
your personal use.
1. Make reaching items in base cabinets easier.
Helpful when accessing hard-to-reach items stuck in the
back, pull-out and roll-out shelves will allow you to fully
utilize the entire depth of your cabinets. ese shelves come
in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials, and can store
everything from dishes and plates, to pots and pans. Keep
in mind that a base cabinet with a standard door can usually Pull-out and swivel-out shelves are a great way to make every inch
accommodate three shelves, or you may prefer a different of space count. Photos courtesy of Dura Supreme Cabinetry:
type of pull-out such as for trash and recycling. www.durasupreme.com
2. Pantry accessories can Whatever accessories you decide to add, consider who will
double your storage. be using them (children, those with limited mobility, etc.)
Adding swivel or swing-out to ensure they are the right match for your space. And be
shelves to your pantry can creative! Chances are whatever space-saving mechanism you
instantly add space to small desire is on the market, ready to make your kitchen more
cupboards. Usually tall or full streamlined and easier than ever to use.
height, and as deep at 24
inches, the objective is to add Liza Riguerra is a technology professional
usable space by accessing the turned award-winning interior designer
far, previously unreachable who lives in Redwood Shores. Connect
corners. Adding racks or with her on Houzz, LinkedIn or Twitter.

Did You Know...
shelves onto cabinet doors
can further increase space.
3. Add small accessories to
fill wasted wall space.
When cabinets are placed along a stretch of wall, there can be ... that EVERY residence in the Shores
up to nine inches of leftover space that generally goes to waste. is covered by Covenants, Codes &
Not in your kitchen! ere are plenty of innovative options to Restrictions (CC&Rs)?
help you take advantage of this otherwise unused space. Pull- Whether you live in one of our many
out accessories range from racks to hold spices, oils and cutting Home Owners Associations (HOAs)
boards, to towel bars, and holders for foil and plastic wrap. or in the original sections of the
4. no more dark corners. Shores, there are CC&Rs on ALL Shores homes!
Base cabinets can be notoriously difficult to find things in, You should have received a copy of the CC&Rs when
with dark, hard-to-reach corners that limit easy access. Add you purchased your home. But if you live west of Shell
a classic lazy susan to eliminate dark corners completely, or and NOT in an HOA, that might have been some time
try newer, articulated swing-out shelves (such as a half-moon ago. If you need a new copy, email <ADB@rsca.org>.
swing-out) to save yourself future headaches when searching
for an item gone missing in the depths of your kitchen.

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Carlmont High School Robotics
Reaches World-Wide Audience
Submitted by Valarie Wang
A stadium. A cheering, face-painted crowd. Flag-waving
referees on the sidelines with teams and coaches clustered at
their respective ends of the field. But this is no football game
– it’s a robotics competition. e players racing across the field
are not athletes but robots, with lights blinking, pistons hissing,
and motors whirring.
e Carlmont Robotics team, which started as a school club
last year, benefited from a new robotics class this year taught
by Carlmont physics teacher and dedicated mentor David
Talcott. In only its second year of competition, the team
attended FIRST World Robotics Championship in Houston
on April 19-22. Team Deep Blue and its robot, Shark Tank,
ranked second in the Sacramento Regional Competition,
earning their trip to Championships.
After their success at the Sacramento Regional and trip to
Houston Championships, Deep Blue is looking for sponsors
to help their program flourish in the future. Monetary support
would both sustain the team’s efforts and promote engineering
education throughout the community.
You can learn more about Deep Blue Robotics at
carlmontrobotics.org, or reach out to support them at
carlmontrobotics.org/contact. ey also have a GoFundMe
campaign to accept online donations at
gofundme.com/carlmont-robotics-to-world-champs.

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i T ’ S E lEMEnTARY Belmont Redwood Shores Rotary Club
Supports Local Teachers & Students
Hard to believe that it’s already June! is is always an exciting On May 8th, the Belmont Redwood Shores Rotary Club hosted
and expectant time for our students, with summer break just a special annual dinner to present “Gretchen Ross Teacher Mini
around the corner. Grants”. As a memoriam to Gretchen Ross, former BRSSD
Principal and Belmont Redwood Shores Rotarian, twenty-two
AwArdS $500 grants were presented to teachers enabling them to purchase
is spring our schools and school district earned awards locally, additional teaching aids and/or supplies for their students. is
regionally and internationally. e local Rotary Club awarded program is funded by the Rotary Club’s fundraising events such
grants to Redwood Shores Elementary Teacher Nadia Moskaluk as the Annual Lobster Feed. Grant winners were from Carlmont
and Sandpiper Teacher Lynn Bjorkquist. Ms. Moskaluk will add High School: Mindy Chiang, Jaime Garcia, Melissa Hero, David
books of many genres and levels of complexity to her classroom. Lai, Karen Ramroth, Kelly Redmon, Michael Vossen. Cipriani
Kindergarteners will enjoy a rich library designed to inspire Elementary: Christine Allen, Tiffany Duran, Mark Fish, Kim
insightful readers and vibrant storytellers. Ms. Bjorkquist will be Suydam. Fox Elementary: Carol Raisner. Nesbit Elementary:
using the grant to purchase a portable speaker for playing music Katie Hunter, Chandra McKeon, Kimberly Moorman, Taylor
during PE classes, as well as a gift card to purchase student-interest urlow. Notre Dame Elementary: Michael Bizeau. Notre
songs. (Details and photos are on the right side of this page.) Dame High School: My Nguyen. Ralston Middle School: Mia
Regionally, Sandpiper School and the Belmont Redwood Newman. Redwood Shores Elementary: Nadia Moskaluk.
Shores School District won Kent Awards from the San Mateo Sandpiper Elementary: Lynn Bjorkquist, Tami Moore.
School Boards Association. Last month, the Association
recognized the district for its teacher leadership program,
which provides a structure for teacher decision-making and
professional development in English, Math, and Technology
throughout the school district. e Association also recognized
Sandpiper School for its remarkable robotics program. On a
much bigger stage, Sandpiper School sent five teams to the
VEX IQ World Championship for robotics in April. e
details are provided on the next page, (and information about
Carlmont High School Robotics is on the previous page).
Needless to say we are incredibly proud of our students!
SuMMer SChedule e occasion also provided
an opportunity to present
e last day of the 2016-2017 school year will be Wednesday,
scholarship awards to
June 14th, and the first day of the next school year will be
three notre dame high
Wednesday, August 23rd. During the summer break, Redwood
School students: Kia
Shores Elementary will have summer school (known as
Afshar, Michelle Pineda
Extended School Year) from June 26th to July 21st, from 9am
and Isabelle Way.
to noon, and Sandpiper will have construction activity. Due
to delays in design, soil testing, and permitting, Sandpiper Over the years the Belmont Redwood Shores Rotary Club has
School’s new two-story building is projected to be complete in funded almost $400,000 in educational grants and awards to
late September or early October, after the start of the school local schools. Typical of Rotary Clubs throughout the world, all
year. Despite the delay, the school will begin growing towards work is voluntary and there are never any administrative costs.
Kindergarten to 8th grade programming in the fall of 2017, One hundred percent of all funds raised are distributed among
adding 6th grade for the 2017-2018 school year. our community and humanitarian projects such as these local
grants. Perhaps the largest Rotary International program so far
I invite you to reach out to me with
has been the near elimination of Polio through inoculation of the
questions, comments, or offers of
entire world. (Only three small countries not yet declared Polio Free.)
assistance. We can always use classroom
and after-school homework volunteers. Membership in Rotary is open to anyone
Contact me at 650-620-2703 or regardless of race, gender, religion or creed. If
<mmilliken@brssd.org>. you would like to know more about us, please
feel free to join us at any of our regular
anks for your support! lunches. Belmont Redwood Shores Rotary
Michael Milliken, Ph.D. meets every Monday at e Van’s Restaurant,
BRSSD Superintendent 815 Belmont Ave. Or visit belmontrotary.org.
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Sandpiper Robotics Students Receive
Design Award at VEX Worlds 2017
Members of the Sandpiper
HiTech Team include:
Arianna Zhu, Magnus
Submitted by Principal Tami Moore Chow, Brianna Feldmeier,
Emily Song, Katherine
e 2017 VEX IQ World Championship was a 3-day event held
Zhang, Hayley Liu and
in Louisville, Kentucky, April 23-26, 2017. VEX Worlds 2017
mentors Chris Chow and
brought together top robotics teams in the VEX IQ Challenge
Jingming Zhang.
from qualifying events happening in cities around the world from
June 2016 to March 2017. is year’s event nearly doubled in Members of the Sandpiper
size with 272 elementary school teams competing from over 30 Superstars include: Noemi
countries! Sandpiper Elementary School had five teams qualify Nejedla, Braden Yang,
to attend, which was a tie for the highest number of teams from Rohan Yadavalli, Sophie
any one elementary school. Sandpiper’s qualifying teams were the Wei, Sophia Mendoza
Bionix, Hexperts, Cookie Warriors, HiTech, and Superstars. Neidle and mentors Blanka
is year’s competition was broken into four subdivisions, and I Nejedla and Crystal Yang.
am pleased to report that Bionix won the Design Award in the
Elementary Science Division! e Design Award is presented to Members of the RainForest
a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach Hunters include: Enzo
to the design process, project and time management and team Carvalho, Kytis Hong,
organization. e team’s engineering notebook is a complete Kush Khanna, Ruhi
documentation of the team’s design process. e winning team Koppula, Aanika Tiwary,
is able to describe how the students implemented an efficient and Tsubasa Yasukawa and their
productive design process to accomplish the project goals. mentor Americo Carvalho.
A special highlight from the championship was seeing continued
participation of Belmont-Redwood Shores students on other Members of the RainForest
school and community-based teams, most of which are Panthers include: Akshita
Sandpiper alumni. One of the community programs, called Bisht, Arush Bisht, Martin
RainForest Robotics, is a volunteer community program Brehovsky, Joey Revels,
sponsored by Amazon. Another community program, called Saturo Yasukawa and their
Redwood Shores Robotics, is a self-sponsored club made up of mentor Romi Boimer.
Sandpiper alumni who are enthusiastic about robotics. e
commitment and support of ALL BRSSD robotics partners have Members of RWS Black
ensured a positive and successful experience for all our future Jaguar include: Karina Tam,
engineers and students. Joshua Zhang, Sanjna Sood,
Sandpiper Bionix include: Simona Yaroslavsky, Elliott
Arin & Riya Kadakia, Yaroslavsky and mentors
Brendan Chan-Wittry, Tony Tam and Alan Zhang.
Nathan Chan, Calista
Huang, and mentors Viral Nesbit Nerdz include:
Kadakia and Tony Wittry. Michael & Gabriel Llanell-
Vararaj, Jakub Nejedly,
Eliska Nejedla, Zachary
Sandpiper Hexperts
Taylor, Charlotte Sullivan,
include: Sushant & Supriti
Winston Singh, mentors
Bhopale, Rishi Iyengar,
Petr Nejedly, Rick Taylor
Sweekriti Ratnam, mentors
and Suzanne Sullivan.
Suvarna & Sunil Bhopale.
Nesbit Ninjas include:
Logan Crusick, Paulina
Sandpiper Cookie Warriors Guereca, Raj Keswani,
include: Cassandra Tobias Sin, John Quinn,
Colaizzi, Daniela Colaizzi, Emma Yin, Jasneh Sasan,
Myles Hu, Jena Kawar, mentors Pooja Keswani
Keira Leong, Andrew Lum and Armando Guereca.
and mentor Virna Colaizzi.
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if a certain proportion of the contacts they make result in warnings.
Approaches to Creating Safer Roads It is largely through these person-to-person contacts that the “good
by Captain John Spicer, Redwood City Police Department citizenship” culture of courteous driving will be maintained as some
of our newest residents, commuters, and visitors learn the expectations
I’m fortunate to regularly attend neighborhood meetings throughout
our community has of them. is is truly one aspect of the
Redwood City as part of my role of overseeing uniformed police
“Education” piece within the ree E’s construct.
resources that are deployed for various functions within the City. As
many of you know, I’ve met with multiple groups, including the Yet some challenges can only be addressed practically and sustainably
RSCA, to specifically address concerns in Redwood Shores. One of through infrastructural adaptations. Once a needs assessment is
my primary goals is to hear feedback from residents about their conducted by City staff, the cost of these adaptations are weighed
concerns pertaining to safety issues. we are fortunate in redwood against other corrective options. To be clear, infrastructural changes to
City that violent crime is comparatively low, and while property roadways are never cheap. Funding and implementation is also quite
crimes are a continuous challenge to address, our overall crime rates complex, requiring environmental studies, the identification of funding
are generally low as well. I must credit the exceptional officers we’ve sources, and also the collection of input from the public. At almost
worked hard to recruit and train for their commitment to the work every meeting, I am asked why the City doesn’t simply add speed
they do, and because they go the extra mile whenever possible. Of bumps to a roadway where they believe people drive too fast, or a stop
course a low set of crime statistics is not the whole story, as I’m sign between intersections. On their face, these so-called solutions seem
regularly reminded at these community meetings. Crime rates do practical, but more often than not, they are counter-productive and
fluctuate and other non-criminal challenges bring concern to many unwelcomed. Imagine that slick new speed bump placed in front of
residents, and rightfully so. Perhaps the single most voluminous your house and then the sound of continuous road noise generated by
category of non-criminal complaints I receive relate to road safety. cars traveling over it and accelerating at all times of the day and night.
Speed bumps work well in parking lots where the speeds involved
While this is by no means a Redwood City-specific concern, it is indeed
are already low. On public roadways, speed bumps can act as launching
the unique qualities of this city that we must focus on when
ramps that are always guaranteed to produce a terrified reaction from
determining the true nature of traffic safety concerns, as well as the best
unsuspecting dog-walkers in the area. engineering changes must be
available remedies for attempting to improve such conditions. In light
carefully weighed against the unintended consequences they could
of the changes we’ve seen here over the past five years, I believe we’d all
create. People like Redwood City’s Senior Transportation Coordinator
agree that solutions can be moving targets. Growth in residential
Jessica Manzi have spent years studying the ins and outs of traffic
population and the addition of new businesses coupled with daytime
engineering and, in my opinion, are quite good at it.
employee influx, create new challenges for the City’s mid-century
infrastructure. is requires us to be quite specific on the strategies we roughout the year, the Police Department works with Jessica
choose as we attempt to mitigate these problems. Depending upon who Manzi and her staff to evaluate which strategy should be employed
you talk to, the best way to go about this can vary considerably. Many for each challenge. we regularly exchange feedback we receive
believe that a strict enforcement approach is best, utilizing the “Power from community meetings and work in step with her department
of the Pen” to cite drivers into better driving habits. Others feel that to comprehensively and sustainably address traffic safety.
without key structural modifications, the risks posed by increasing To further this effort, City Council and the City Manager’s Office
traffic cannot be avoided. ere are also those who believe that the has launched an initiative to reinvigorate and more practically-align
“good citizenship” culture of courteous driving has somehow faded our Neighborhood Associations. Deputy City Manager Alex
in recent years with the turnover of residents. While each of these Khojikian is leading this initiative (see: “Neighborhood Associations”
positions have value, the best thing to remember is that none of them on the City’s website) and I am working with him to include a
can stand alone in comprehensively confronting traffic safety recurring Neighborhood Watch piece for each neighborhood
challenges. Perhaps the simplest way to sum it up is to apply the old association. e Neighborhood Watch Program meetings will always
stand-by used in traffic safety circles: the ree E’s: education, include a discussion of traffic safety concerns in your neighborhood,
engineering and enforcement. ese three pillars still encapsulate so please consider joining us in this effort as we move from
the aforementioned philosophies and help us to better understand the association to association. We are also attempting to include
action items that can be produced from each. neighborhood businesses and Nextdoor administrators in these
collaborative efforts, so as many stakeholders can contribute to the
When deciding which approach fits where, how much of it will
overall wellbeing of the neighborhood.
work, and the best ways to measure success, City staff, including
myself, must bear in mind our responsibilities as good stewards of As I have the opportunity to visit with your neighborhood association
tax payers’ money. In simplest terms, we must seek to get the most during an upcoming meeting, I hope you’ll consider these points as
“bang for our (your) buck”. For example, if I can accomplish changes we join together to face the complexities of traffic safety management.
in driver conduct by using a remotely operated inanimate object, I also hope that you’ll place the great confidence in City staff as they
such as a radar-driven speed sign trailer that is already owned by the “engineer” sustainable and affordable solutions, as well as our police
City and uses little staff time, it stands to reason that I should do so. officers who attempt to bring about change through education and,
And indeed we do just that. Conversely, there are simply some when necessary, enforcement. Regardless of the approach, please be
activities that must still be undertaken by paid staff, and technology assured that we are all attempting to become increasingly more
has not yet given us the ability to work through the complexities of efficient and to balance costs of the resources at our disposal.
changing driver behavior on the most granular level. ere is still the (is article was also posted to Nextdoor in mid-May).
need to deploy officers in the capacity of enforcement agents, even
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Site preparation improvements are scheduled to begin in late June or early July at Silicon Valley Clean
Water’s 10-acre front-of-plant (FoP) former ornamental pond at 1400 Radio Road at the southeastern
tip of Redwood Shores. This is subject to SVCW Commission approval at its June meeting.

The six-month project provides site improvements needed to support new facilities that will be
constructed on the site starting in late 2018 through 2022. Civil site improvements are needed to
support these new facilities including the stabilization of the soil in the front of plant area, construction
of paved site access and parking, grading and drainage for stormwater, utilities to serve each facility
including lighting, and construction fencing.

Truck traffic coming along Redwood Shores Parkway to the plant will average about 50 round-
trips per day during the project, bringing in materials needed to stabilize the site. All truck traffic will
be directed to not exceed the 25-mph speed limit in Redwood Shores and to drive in the far-right hand
lanes whenever possible.
!
(see article in Pilot for more thorough information)

You can keep current at our website: www.svcw.org
To receive updates by email, please send us your email to siliconvalleycleanwater@svcwnews.com

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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MOTHER NATURE’S SIMPLE CURRY FOR SUMMER
GRAND SLAM A combination of hearty potatoes and fresh beans makes a
delicious vegetarian main, a tasty starter or an excellent side!
by Harvey Radin Try it with sweet potatoes for extra health benefits and color.
What a sigh of relief now that the drought is over, at least
for now. In California we tend to think about precipitation. ALLOO PHALIYAN
Not all the time, because there’s so much going on. But this
precipitation thing... Admit it! You probably think about
Curried Potatoes & String Green Beans
it, too. It’s like wondering how the Giants will do each Recipe contributed by Teena Arora.
baseball season. And the 49ers when the team reports to
ingredientS
training camp and the Warriors and our local college teams.
How will they do? 1 bunch string green (or purple) beans; cut into 1” pieces
Here in California where rainfall and the Sierra snowpack 2 medium size potatoes; peeled and cubed into 1⁄2” cubes
play a key role in our lives, there’s lots of anticipation about 2-3 Tbsp olive or coconut oil
each new season. Will there be enough rain for the state’s 5-6 garlic cloves; minced
reservoirs? And enough snow in the mountains? ese on- 1 tsp cumin seeds
again-off-again droughts can be stressful. is is serious, 1/4 tsp turmeric
but also amusing at times. 1 Tbsp curry powder
A few years ago, for example, after several seasons of below- 1 Tbsp tava dry masala
average precipitation, all of a sudden, it snowed like mad in
1 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
the Sierra. ere was growing optimism when people with
1/2 tsp red chili powder
the Department of Water Resources measured the snowpack
for the first time that Winter. Weather-wise, would this be 1/4 cup water (as needed)
a winning year after several disappointing seasons? 1 tsp garam masala
But as they say in baseball, there was no joy in Mudville. fresh cracked black pepper
Because while there was plenty of snow, its water content (to taste)
was below expectations. Which makes you wonder... Could Method
this be an ‘only in California’ kind of thing. Dry snow?
Rinse and cut long green beans into 1” size. Peel potatoes and
What about Midwest and East Coast snow? And if there’s
cut into 1/2” cubes. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium
such a thing as dry snow, what about the rain? We’ve joked
high heat. Add garlic and saute for 15 seconds.
about that when it’s raining hard here. What if it’s dry rain?
Add cumin seeds, turmeric, curry powder, tava dry masala,
Well, no worries this year. ere’s record snow in the Sierra
salt and red chili powder. Stir, and then add string beans
and it’s plenty wet. And with all that rain we’ve had this
and potatoes; mix and stir evenly. Add water. Cover and
past Fall, Winter and Spring, it’s the wettest year in 122 years
cook for 10-12 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
of records, according to the Mercury News. Wet snow and
wet rain, what’s better than that? But still, all kidding aside, Remove cover/lid and increase heat to get rid of any excess
bountiful precipitation one year doesn’t guarantee future water. Adjust salt to taste. Add black pepper and garam
winning seasons. So be happy for the championship this masala, and stir lightly. Transfer to a serving dish and serve!
year, but keep conservation in mind.
After a career in corporate communication, Chef Teena is a nationally recognized, award-winning
curator of cuisine that is robust in flavor, medicinal,
Harvey Radin wrote books and articles and often Indian inspired! She has over 25 years of
about public opinion and PR. His articles Culinary Education & Consulting experience and has
notably worked as a Chef Consultant at Stanford
have been published in Business Insider, University and a Chef Instructor at Whole Foods
American Banker and regional news Market Salud Cooking School. Currently, Chef Teena
media. He can be reached at: offers cooking classes, corporate team-building events,
private in-home instruction, pop-up dinner tastings,
<hoastrategic@gmail.com>. personal chef services, and restaurant consulting. She is
passionate about teaching people how to cook healthy,
vibrant, nutrient rich, delicious foods, with ease!
After all, “you are what you eat” and “health is wealth.”

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www.SanitBordeianu.com
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Pacific Gas and Electric Projects
PG&E has a gas distribution (small pipes) project on the
following Redwood Shores streets: Quay Lane, Lanyard
Drive, Bowspirit Drive, Capstan Court and Gunter Lane.
by Monique Seibel
e April tournament format was a mixed scramble, and it
lived up to its name indeed. With an uneven draw of nineteen
people, and more women than men, there were women’s
doubles as well as mixed doubles. Players were assigned a
different partner for every round and, to make sure things
were really scrambled, about half the players were assigned a
court change mid-way through. roughout the morning,
there was a light cloud cover (nice in that no one had to serve
into the sun) and the temperatures warmed up to the ideal
for tennis—not too hot and not too chilly. Individual scores
were tallied and winners were announced at the social that
night. First place winners were Robin George (women) and
Bob Porter (men). June Walker took second place (women);
John Jordan and John Pulos tied for second place among the
men. Each winner received one of several zany prizes. ere
was an electric bug zapper in the shape of a racquet; a book
called Tennis’s Strangest Matches; a set of vibration dampeners;
e project began in mid-May and will continue through
and some lace-in butterfly wings for tennis shoes.
January 2018. e project will involve installing 3,580 feet
of new gas main in the streets and running new service lines
to each of the units. e crews may need to relocate meters Iroula Manuelian
outside the existing meter cabinets.*
PG&E also has a gas transmission project on Ralston
Avenue from Alameda de las Pulgas to just before Belmont
Canyon Road (East) that will install just under 3,800 feet
of 6” steel pipe to replace 4” pipe to allow for capacity
increase to the west side of the city. e blue line on the
map is the new pipe installation. e project will involve
closing a portion of the right lane on the westbound side of
Ralston Avenue to allow for the installation. is project also
began in mid-May and will continue until November
depending on weather and other unforeseeable issues.

Since it was Earth Day, the theme of the social was fresh
garden produce. Dishes included lots of fresh salads, a
vegetarian moussaka, fruit tarts and a berry pie. Cynthia
Hunton and Dennis Murphy were the gracious hosts. anks
are due not only to them but to June Walker, the tournament
director, to Kathi Williams, who did the draw, Barb Urrutia
For questions about these projects, you may contact: for courtside refreshments, and Irene Muzio for prizes.
Scott Hart, Senior Gas Outreach Specialist for Pacific Gas Upcoming events are the open play on June 10th and the
and Electric at 650-598-7416 or <dshf@pge.com>. monthly tournament on June 17th. You must be a member
*If landscape redesign is needed, please contact the to play. For information, or to join, visit www.rstc.org.
Architectural Design Board <AdB@rsca.org> for guidance. Let’s play tennis!
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Whether it’s a big day out or just a really busy day, having a supportive partner makes every step a little better.
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Site Preparation Work Scheduled to
Begin Late June/Early July at SVCW
• To keep the site safe and organized, construction fences
will be erected.
• Storm Drain System – New inlets, piping and planters will
Site preparation improvements are scheduled to begin in late be constructed to collect, convey, and store/treat storm water.
June or early July at Silicon Valley Clean Water’s 10-acre • Separate Overflow Pipe – As part of the civil project, a
front-of-plant (FoP) former ornamental pond at 1400 Radio new process overflow pipe will be constructed from the flow
Road at the southeastern tip of Redwood Shores, subject to diversion structure to drying bed A. is will allow more
Commission approval at its June meeting. storage capacity for the conveyance system in case its needed.
e six-month project provides site improvements needed to • Concrete work – Rolled curbs will be installed along the
support new facilities that will be constructed on the site south side roadway in order to prevent traffic from straying
starting in late 2018 through 2022. As part of conveyance into the structures and planters.
system upgrades, SVCW has planned improvements on plant
• Signage – New signage will be placed to direct traffic,
property required to complete conveyance system upgrades,
identify buildings, identify parking, and call out any
and meet forthcoming nutrient removal requirements from
necessary information.
the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Improvements
planned within the front-of-plant area include a new receiving • Striping – Final striping will be placed.
lift station, headworks, flow diversion structure, odor control,
electrical facilities and a storm water pump station.
Civil site improvements are needed to support these new
facilities including the stabilization of the soils in the front-
of-plant area, construction of paved site access and parking,
gate for access, grading and drainage for storm water, utilities
to serve each facility including lighting for safe access, and
chain link fencing.
truck traffic coming along redwood Shores Parkway to
the plant will average about 50 round-trips per day
during the project, bringing in materials needed to
stabilize the site. All traffic will be directed to not exceed
the 25-mph speed limit in redwood Shores and to drive
in the right-hand lanes whenever possible.
e overall front-of-plant project details are: e front-of-plant new facilities that will begin construction
• Site Grading and Stabilization – e site will be graded in late 2018 on the 10-acres are these:
and soil stabilized to allow for construction and construction • Receiving Lift Station (RLS) – a deep pumping station,
staging. located at the terminus of the conveyance pipeline, that will
• Areas planned to be paved will be lime stabilized first, then be used to lift flows into the treatment processes.
fill placed on top to a subgrade elevation. • Headworks Facility – preliminary treatment including
• Interim Storm Drain – To drain the site during and after screening and grit removal.
construction, new inlets and piping will be installed to divert • Odor Control Facility – odor treatment for the conveyance
storm water into the existing storm drain system. pipeline, RLS, and headworks.
• Utilities and Crossings – To avoid trenching across driveways • Influent Connector Pipe – connection of new headworks
and parking, utility corridors and piping will be established to to the existing plant.
provide room for utilities needed to serve FoP facilities. • Electrical Infrastructure Improvements – necessary to
• Lighting – New lighting will be provided for safety along support new facilities.
the new roadways and parking. • Diversion pipe to emergency storage basin – to be used for
• Paving and Striping – Paving will be required on the new emergency flow diversions.
roadway and around new facilities to allow for access of For more details about this project and other SVCW news,
vehicles. please go to svcw.org and subscribe to their newsletter and/or
• Concrete work – New curbs, planters and wheel stops will like them on Facebook. You may also attend their public
be constructed to protect vehicles and pedestrians. meetings on the 2nd ursday of each month.
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From LYNN’s KITCHEN
(How a Connecticut Yankee embraced California Cuisine)
– Lynn Kathleen Adams

June Strawberries Means
Strawberry Shortcake Time!!
My friends tease me that I was born with a whisk in one hand
and a rolling pin in the other. From the time I was 5 years
old I begged my Mom to teach me how to cook. I haunted ShortCAke BiSCuitS
her kitchen – she had no choice but to make me her little 2 Cups sifted white unbleached All Purpose Flour
sous chef de cuisine! I loved my Dad’s vegetable garden, the 4 Teaspoons baking powder
raspberry bushes, his fruit trees, the grapevines and even the 1 Teaspoon salt
compost pile in the corner of the backyard that grew the 2 Tablespoons White Sugar (I use Bakers superfine sugar)
largest and best squash! is early passion for baking and
1 Large Egg
cooking, using fresh organic produce and healthy
½ Cup unsalted cold butter
ingredients, remains to this day.
½ Cup whole milk
Our family always looked forward to June – Dad’s Birthday Serves 6 – 400º F
was the first week, and this also meant the strawberries were
1. Mix dry ingredients together into medium mixing bowl.
ripe! Dad would load all of the kids into the station wagon
and we take a short ride from Wethersfield down the 2. Whisk egg and milk together in a separate bowl. Set aside.
Connecticut River Valley to the local strawberry farm. After 3. Cut butter into very small pieces, and add to dry
several hours of filling our baskets, the kids would collapse ingredients. Blend with pastry cutter, and then mix with
into the back seat of the car and we would head for home, your fingers, rolling pieces of butter into the flour. Do
sunburned, tired, and with clothes and hands stained bright this quickly to keep the butter cold.
strawberry red. And of course, we insisted that we have 4. Add egg/milk mixture to dry ingredients and stir
Strawberry Shortcake that night for dessert before helping together with a fork. e batter will be a bit sticky.
Mom make Strawberry Jam the next day. 5. Pour shortcake mixture onto lightly floured pastry cloth
In honor of my Dad’s upcoming 93rd Birthday and Father’s or floured marble rolling surface. Dust with a sprinkle
Day, and one of my Dad’s most favorite desserts, here is our of flour, and knead gently a couple of times into a round
family recipe for Shortcake Biscuits. I wish I was back in ball. Roll out to a ½ inch thickness. Flour bottom of
Connecticut now to whip up this dessert for him! It’s quick biscuit cutter and cut out biscuits. (I use a 2 inch
and easy to make, and the warm flaky shortcake biscuits just diameter cutter, but have been known to make Papa
call out for fresh seasonal strawberries, whipped cream and Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear sizes!)
a big glass of icy-cold milk. 6. Place biscuits on parchment paper covering a cookie sheet,
about 1 inch apart. Put another biscuit round on top of
the first, so you have two rounds to make one biscuit.
7. Brush a little milk on top of each biscuit with pastry brush.
I sprinkle the tops with a little sparkling sugar for garnish.
8. Bake on middle shelf in pre-heated oven (I do not use my
convection oven) for 12 - 18 minutes (depending on size
of biscuits) or until lightly browned. Remove from oven
and cool on a rack.
Serve with fresh sliced strawberries (sometimes we mash them
so they are a little juicer) between the biscuits, and on top of
the biscuit, with whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream.
Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Enjoy !
(Lynn has been an RSCA Board member since 1994.)
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ST. MARK’S CoRnER
I stood in the doorway of the master bedroom as there are smoke
alarms on either side of the wall. ree more beeps. It was coming
from inside my bedroom. I went back in. Saw nothing, smelled
Where ere Isn’t Smoke, nothing. ree more beeps. For a moment I thought the battery
needed to be changed. But typically, if a new battery is needed,
ere May Still Be Fire there would be a single, short chirp that would go off every minute.
ese sounds were three sustained beeps and the timing was varied.
By Richard Watkins
“Is it the battery?” my wife asked.
Sunday, June 4 marks Pentecost Sunday; the celebration of when
the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples after Jesus’ ascension “I don’t think so. It’s not the right sound. But I don’t get it, there’s
and the transformation of the disciples to apostles. To be perfectly no smoke in the house and nothing is on fire.”
honest, not a holy day of which I really ever took notice. I always Meanwhile, the beeps continued.
figured that Jesus died, He rose, He showed himself to the disciples I was afraid I was going to have to dismantle the thing, but the
proving He is who He said He is, they believed and they went off position of the alarm is something like 20 feet up a vaulted wall.
telling everyone about it. Pretty simple. I got it. I believed it. Case at meant I would need to get an extension ladder and go
closed. Oh but how God works in mysterious ways. through quite an ordeal.
As a result of my son being in Faith Formation (catechism) and “Why are you beeping?” I quipped back. “ere is no smoke.
often helping him with his lessons and homework, I am, essentially, ere is no fire. Nothing is on fire. Nothing is on…”
going through CCD as well (again). is time, however, as a 40- I paused, dropped my head and shook it back forth. en I
something-or-other-year-old man, I am able to retain a lot of the looked up and held out my arms.
information better than when I was seven or eight. So when the
lesson on Pentecost came around, it stuck with me a little more “Seriously!?” I said.
than it did a few decades ago. But still, the event didn’t jump up “What?”
any spots on my Catholicism “pay attention to” list. “God’s messing with me.”
But oh how God works in amusing ways. ree more beeps.
I have, for some time, wanted to write a screenplay on the life of “What?”
the apostle Paul. One evening, after the family had gone to bed, “Before coming to bed, I was reading Acts and about Pentecost
while I was flipping back and forth between SportsCenter, the and how I never caught fire when I received the Holy Spirit and
NFL Network and MLB Tonight or something like that, I was I wondered why and blah, blah, blah.”
taken by the notion that it was time. So, I picked up my bible
ree more beeps.
and turned to Acts. I figured the first thing to do was to get a feel
for who Paul was. At first, nothing really new popped out at me. I looked up again and said. “Okay, okay. I get it.”
en I got to Acts 2: “Get what?”
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one “God is telling me that I do have the Holy Spirit and because I
place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise do, I am on fire, and that fire is letting off smoke and that smoke’s
like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which setting off the alarm.”
they were. en there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which I stood for a couple more moments thinking about the whole
parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all situation and thought of a line I wrote in a story a long time ago.
filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different ‘Man made God in His own image; and I had to give Him a sense
tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. of humor.’
I stopped reading and began contemplating: “Why did all these cool en, I went back to bed. No more beeps.
things happen back then and not today? I have the Holy Spirit.
Right? I mean, I’ve asked for the Holy Spirit to work in my life just
about every day. Still, these guys got fire that came down like
tongues. ey were on fire! I didn’t get any fire. I didn’t even get any
smoke or at the very least the smell of sulfur from a match trying to
be lit but never fully sparking up.” I went on for a little while longer
reading and thinking. Reading and thinking. en, I went to bed.
Around 1:30am, while asleep I heard three fairly sustained beeps.
It really didn’t register because, like I said, I was asleep. It
happened again. is time I awoke with a start. It was the smoke
alarm. I went into the boys’ room. No smoke; no fire. ree more
beeps. I went to the kitchen and office. Nothing. ree more
beeps. I went to the boys’ room again. Still nothing.

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