North Fair Oaks Community Council

In June of 1987, the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, as part of the Community Development Block Grant Program, authorized the development of a special committee to study the Economic Strategies in North Fair Oaks. Two task forces were formed to develop a number of action-oriented strategies that could be implemented within 1-2 years. In February of 1988, the Board of Supervisors accepted the committee's final report and acted on the recommendation to form a permanent entity to develop long-term economic strategies by active partnerships among community members and the private sector. Resolution #54597, passed on December 11, 1990, established a Municipal Advisory Council for the unincorporated North Fair Oaks Community. That council is now known as the North Fair Oaks Community Council. The Council's initial resolution #63547 was revised in 2002 and again on February 10, 2009 through resolution #039914.

The North Fair Oaks Community Council provides recommendations on the issues of community health, safety, welfare, public works and planning for the North Fair Oaks geographic area. It holds regular monthly meetings to address the needs of the community, act as a forum, and serve as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors. The Council has nine members and one non-voting youth member. All members must be residents or business owners in the North Fair Oaks area. Council members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for three-year terms with a maximum of 12 years. Regular meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City from 7-9 p.m. Meetings are publicly noticed, comply with the Brown Act, and are televised on PenTV on Monday nights at 10 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 26. Regular meetings can be viewed online anytime - on this website.

Board of Directors

Rafael Avendano

Chair, North Fair Oaks Community Council

Rafael Avendano, Youth Program Director, manages the afterschool and summer programs for Siena Youth Center of the St. Francis Center. Rafael Joined the St. Francis Center in January of 2012. He knows firsthand what the impact of not having anything to do after school can mean. He brings enthusiasm, charisma, and passion to his work of creating quality sports programs and enrichment programs for youth and adults. Rafael believes that with the support of the community the youth can achieve their dreams. His drive and unique teaching ability has helped him inspire children and adults to find the confidence they need to be risk takers and engage in things they have never done before. Rafael currently holds his Bachelor’s in Science degree in public management with a specialization in human resources degree from Colorado State University.

Mary Martinez

Vice-Chair, North Fair Oaks Community Council

Mary Martinez was born and raised in Redwood City and attended all Redwood City public schools, including Fair Oaks Community School. Mary attended Canada College and then transferred to UC Santa Cruz where she received her bachelors in sociology. She has been working for the Redwood City Parks and Rec Department since 2000 and has been an after-school program coordinator since 2007. Mary now has two beautiful children. Working with children has become her passion when she started working at Fair Oaks in the summer of 2000. During her personal time, she loves spending time with her two beautiful children, taking them to parks and museums, and just enjoying the simple life. She also enjoys camping, reading, exercising, photography, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family.

Linda Lopez

Council Member

Linda Lopez is a long time community activist/advocate for North Fair Oaks and communities of color. She is a former San Mateo County Superior Court employee and is currently employed with Service Employee’s International Union, Local 521. Linda serves as a member of the North Fair Oaks Community Council, San Mateo County Housing Community Development Committee, the Executive Board of El Concilio of San Mateo County and the North Fair Oaks Community Plan Implementation Committee.

Laura Caplan

Council Member

Laura Caplan, MPH, has been a member of the Council since 2004. Laura is a local Realtor® who has been involved for many years in community and neighborhood service initiatives. She has served on several non-profit boards, including the Fair Oaks Beautification Association (FOBA) where she spearheads the annual fundraising effort for the FOBA community-built playground and park in North Fair Oaks. A former health educator and trainer, Laura also spent many years working in marketing communications, public relations, management consulting, writing, and life coaching.

Beatriz Cerrillo

Council Member

Beatriz Cerrillo is a long time resident of North Fair Oaks and has served on the council since 2006. She is the school librarian at Fair Oaks and Garfield Elementary School Ms. Cerrillo believes in life long learning, reflected through her BA from Santa Clara University; post graduate credits in the teacher credential program from Notre Dame University; and Library Technician Program certificate from San Francisco City College. She has been a board member of the Girls’ Middle School, a private girls’ school in Palo Alto, for 6 years and participated on the PTA and School Site Councils for the school district. She was recognized by the school board for her 30 years of service and received an award from San Mateo County for coordinating the Mother Daughter Program at Fair Oaks School. The program, with the assistance of a federal grant, provided guidance and activities for 5th grade Latina girls and their mothers on how to attend college. She currently participates on the zoning work group. As a member of the Council, her goal is to affect positive change by encouraging residents to get involved in current projects and serve as a liaison for residents to ensure they have a voice in their local government. Ms. Cerrillo looks forward to a more healthy and vibrant community.

Everardo Rodriguez

Council Member

Everardo Rodriguez has been a resident of North Fair Oaks for nearly 20 years. His education includes a MA in Library & Information Science from San Jose State University. He works as a specialist in Latino/Mexican American collections, and digital initiatives for the Stanford University Libraries. He has a keen interest in promoting a better life for all through volunteering and helps several projects in the Bay Area, including the Green Branch Library (an Oakland based nonprofit that provides environmental and social justice library materials to children); and Puente-Pescadero (a Stanford School of Education project that provides interpretation and counseling for immigrants during parent-teacher meetings in the rural town of Pescadero, California). He is also an occasional writing contributor for San Francisco’s oldest bilingual newspaper, El Tecolote; and a member of Son de la Bahia—a traditional Mexican music coalition with members from all over the Bay Area who support social and cultural events. As a member of the North Fair Oaks Community Council, Everardo hopes to help his community in sustaining and procuring resources to improve the residents’ quality of life, thus enhancing opportunities for advancement in education, labor, health, housing, and other basic human needs.

Dale Miller

Council Member

Dale was appointed to the North Fair Oaks Council in December 1996. He was elected as Chairman in 1999 and served three consecutive terms. During his first term he designed and created the first council website. He has participated in the North Fair Oaks Cultural Festival, community clean-ups, and tree plantings. Dale has been the North Fair Oaks resident member of the Bay Side Design Review Committee since 1995, and was also a Member of the recently approved North Fair Oaks Community Plan’s Steering Committee. Dale has worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator as a Principal Technician for the last 20 years. He is a Union Steward of SEIU Local 2007, and their webmaster.

Esperanza Vázquez

Council Member

Esperanza Vázquez has been in retail business in North Fair Oaks since 1992, is a co-founder of the North Fair Oaks Festival on Middlefield Road. She helped initiate The Queen of a Festival Program which was was created to help young women (señoritas) to pursuit Higher Education career especially those High School Graduates who overcome hardship. Espy has been involved in the community to improve Middlefield Road and an advocate for improved lighting, cleaner streets, more parking, enforced code regulations to get rid of illegal dumping and blight. Espy has been a tax preparer for over 40 years and previously worked for Mexicana Airlines at San José Airport and the DMV in San Jose. She graduated from San José State University in 1982 and holds a BA Degree in Spanish and was an Elementary teacher for San José Unified School District where she taught kindergarten and second grade students.

Diane Zermeno

Council Member - Youth Representative

Diane Zermeno joined the Council in October of 2014 as the Youth Representative. She is currently a senior at Sequoia High school and a member of the North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative. She is deeply passionate about helping people and feels that the Council will give her a unique experience to help her community. Diane is looking forward to the Middlefield Road project as she feels that the beautification will lead to a healthier community and change her community for the better. As she is getting ready to graduate, she hopes to attend UCLA and major in business administration or marketing. Her extracurricular activities include running, soccer and yearbook.