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.
Some time ago there was a tragic incident on the college campus of Santa Monica Community College and/or Santa Monica Junior College, Santa Monica, California on June 7, 2013 in which a gunman was shooting cars and buses before he headed to the Southern California educational institution and began shooting at several students in the library before Police and local authorities fatally shot him this after he shot both his father and brother at their house while setting it on fire. There is also the April 19, 2013 incident on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where the two “Boston Marathon Bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev shot multiple times and killed Campus Police Officer, Sean Collier who was responding to the incident he was only 26 years old. What about the December 14, 2012 shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where gunman, Adam Lanza shot and killed 27 innocent victims many of them young innocent children until he shot and took his own life. I can go on giving you more incidents and tragedies that have taken place in the United States but I think you get my point. The problem is not with guns and/or weapons specifically it is with the people that carry the guns and/or weapons and intend to use it for harm and dangerous acts for whatever unknown reason or unknown message that they want to spread by hurting and killing innocent people to get the negative attention that they feed on. The way we as a society can help with the danger of Gun control and weapons control in general is to give Law-abiding citizens a gun to help protect and defend themselves and maybe others against a dangerous person or a terrorist that they might be encountering because at this moment the bad people have all the guns and weapons that if used improperly can hurt and kill more innocent victims, we need some good people to carry a gun and/or weapon to stop terrorist and dangerous criminal acts as well as to prevent the unnecessary injury and death of more innocent victims. I strongly and firmly believe that the United States as a country needs to look at this problem very seriously or tragedies and incidents will just keep continuing.
A few days ago, I went with my friend to the Department of Social Services (aka: the Welfare, Medi-Cal, Food Stamps and General Assistance office) located in the County of San Mateo. I was totally amazed and blown away by how many people were waiting in line to get help and assistance for probably themselves and/or their families. These were people of very low-income and living in a low-income close to poverty part of the County of San Mateo, how shall I put this delicately, lets just say the complete opposite of people living in Hillsborough, Portola Valley and/or Atherton. I saw one woman sign up and ask for Medi-Cal benefits for her and her young children that was her number one priority to see a Doctor and just have the Medi-Cal benefits just in case something happens. Another person was just asking for General Assistance and Food Stamps to help both pay his rent and get something to eat at the same time. My friend was there just to drop off their monthly income report needed to continue receiving his Food Stamps and Medi-Cal benefits, someone told me that the State of California as well as all the counties were getting much more people requesting and/or asking for help and assistance with not only the loss of jobs and income but with the high deficit that we are encountering. I am personally very happy to see that the State of California does not neglect and abandon there constituents and their residents and that they can go to their Department of Social Services (Human Services Agency) in any county (i.e. County of San Mateo) to get help and assistance with Food Stamps, Medi-Cal, General Assistance as well as other help and information like Family Planning and Family Budgeting. I do understand that the State of California would prefer to see all these people finding steady and full-time jobs and working instead of being unemployed and receiving help and assistance but until more jobs are available all these very low-income people just do not have a choice and if they have a family with young children to help and support their need is more urgent and dior than anyone else.
Former College of San Mateo Football and Women’s Basketball coach, Tom Martinez is in urgent need of a Kidney Transplant, I guess time is running out on Coach Martinez who has coached over 1400 victories in his 32 years at the College of San Mateo and the Bulldogs. Martinez has also coached and mentored several professional athletes including New England Patriots football quarterback, Tom Brady. Mr. Tom Martinez is a great coach and a wonderful person, I would like to help spread the word around about helping him to get a new Kidney and his Kidney Transplant that he so urgently needs. If you are interested in donating your Kidney or know of someone that is very interested in donating their Kidney for Coach Tom Martinez you can either get in contact with Mr. Martinez directly or contact the Johns Hopkins Medical Center – Kidney Transplant Division. In closing, please help spread the news about Coach Tom Martinez’s needed Kidney Transplant because time is of the essense.