As the Summer season is upon us with everything it has to offer including the wonderfully hot sun, the trips to the beach to surf and play in the water, the picnics with hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and of course the cold beverage that accompanies it, the children playing with the water just to stay cool and the Fourth of July Parade and Celebration that of course come with those fantastic Fireworks. This got me thinking about all the wonderful summer vacations that I spent in my hometown of Redwood City, California when I was a young boy some of these memories are priceless and will live in my mind eternally. I remember that on a typical summer day well at least during the week, I would wake up and get ready to go to a Summer youth program hosted and sponsored by a local church called “Church of Christ” which is now called “Redwood Church” on Madison Avenue. The activities included a morning sing along and a baseball game using a whiffle ball or plastic baseball, then their would be probably some activity like arts and crafts or sometimes we would walk to the park and go swimming that was really fun even though I went swimming everyday in the summer at the Sid Herkner Pool because it was free remember this is 1976 or 1977 and Redwood City was still growing as a city. The weekends were also fun for me because I remember every Saturday I would go with my favorite aunt to go grocery shopping for the week it was quite an interesting experience we would go to four different supermarkets including Continental Market which was located on Roosevelt Avenue, QFI which was located on Broadway Street, Canned Food which is now Grocery Outlet on Broadway Street and the last stop was La Azteca Market located on Chestnut Street near McDonald’s, I did this shopping trip with my aunt so many times that if she ever got sick and if then I would have been able to drive a car I would have been able to do the shopping trip by myself but thankfully that did not happen because it was always fun to go grocery shopping with her. Another great part of my Summer memories in Redwood City would always be the Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Redwood City with the floats, marching bands, clowns, carnival rides, festival and of course to cap off the night with those beautifully famous fireworks and the small fireworks that you were able to light up in front of your home before they passed the law that prohibits fireworks near homes because of the fear of forest fires and fires in general, in my opinion to this day the Fourth of July is the greatest holiday celebrated here in Redwood City by really great people. As the summer starts to wrap up by the middle of August, the football season is just around the corner and if you use to live in Redwood City you know that the San Francisco 49ers would open their Training Camp and Facility near Red Morton Park again this was many years ago but I remember getting many autographs including O.J. Simpson, “Hacksaw” Reynolds, Joe Montana, Dwight Clark, Fred Dean and coach Bill Walsh, The 49ers were and always will be the pride of Redwood City the five time Super Bowl Champions made their mark here no matter what time of the season it was. Redwood City is my hometown and I am happy to spend all those Summer vacations, all those wonderful memories and I would not ever change a thing.
I was just reading a newspaper article that the CalTrain, which is the commuter train that travels from San Francisco all the way down to Morgan Hill/Gilroy in the South Bay passing through San Jose on the Peninsula in both San Mateo County and Santa Clara County. I read that they are losing about $53 million dollars per year and at this moment are in a real serious financial deficit. Now I do understand that the entire State of California is in a financial crisis but CalTrain will all the commuters and/or passengers that travel on that system everyday including weekends and let us not forget when the San Francisco Giants and/or the San Jose Sharks play at home the trains are even more fully loaded with true die-hard and loyal fans that would like to save some gas and money in regards to getting to the game(s). Even after all this, CalTrain is still in financial troubles, maybe it is because of the price of taking the CalTrain which is I believe about $10.00 per zone and/or area as they are called but I could be wrong. Lowering the ticket prices just a little bit can help in these tough financial situations because not only do hard-working Californians have to pay high taxes and high prices on food, gas, and other necessities, but to also have to pay a high price on commuting to work can be a heavy burden and can take its toll on anyone. The funny part about that news article is that one of the ideas and suggestions that the Board of Directors made was just to use one train for the entire day which in my opinion would not be a smart idea especially to people that are trying to get to work or to a specific place in a certain and specific time. Let’s see if there are any other suggestions and/or ideas to help solve CalTrain financial problems.
A few days ago I was reading the upcoming events that were happening in the area and low and behold there is going to be a “Salsa Festival” in Courthouse Square in Downtown Redwood City, California which believe it or not is my hometown. The Salsa Festival will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the evening. I believe admission is free and of course there will be music, a DJ, food including all types of Salsas you can imagine. Downtown Redwood City especially Courthouse Square does a fantastic job hosting and putting on events of all kinds. Just remember that I am still dreaming and planning the upcoming Redwood City Jazz Festival and yes this event is going to be very big no small potatoes when it comes to jazz music. My point is San Mateo County will always have a sweet spot where events and happenings take place and it is safe to say that place is Redwood City where the weather is still the best.