The Community Alliance to Revitalize Our Neighborhoods, or CARON was established in 1999 by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office to serve as a community program for residents in North Fair Oaks and unincorporated coastal communities.
Our mission is to build and maintain positive relationships with community members through various community events, resources, training, and other educational programs.
We envision an academic community equipped with knowledge and resources to feel empowered to access them. We fulfill our mission by presenting community members with academies, community events and workshops centered on local needs and issues.
Sgt. Salvador Zuno
Salvador Zuno was raised in the North Fair Oaks Community of Redwood City. In 2001, Salvador joined the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout his 20 years with the Sheriff’s Office, Salvador has worked a variety of assignments including Corrections, Patrol, and the Transit Police Bureau. While assigned to the Transit Police Bureau, Sal had the opportunity to become Traffic Motor Officer, Field Training Officer, and Detective.
In 2015, Sal became the Public Information Officer where he had the opportunity to speak to media on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office. In 2018 Sal was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he had the opportunity to participate as a supervisor in the jail training program, patrol, and community programs.
In his spare time, Sal enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
Jose Luis Aguirre
Outreach Program Manager
Jose came to the United States from Colombia in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in social communication and journalism. Jose and his family settled in San Mateo County and put himself through graduate school at the San Francisco Academy of Fine Arts. In 2011, Jose joined the CARON Program and has been working closely with the communities we serve.
One of Jose’s passions is helping and working with the immigrant community.
Community Engagement Specialist
Maricruz migrated to the United States in 1999 and has lived in the Bay Area ever since. She discovered her passion for serving the community after volunteering in a Conflict Transformation program in San Mateo County. She enjoys seeing the positive impact programs like CARON have on people’s lives. She believes that if people are empowered and provided with basic needs such as resources, safety, education, health, and parental relationship guidance, the community can positively lead to a vibrant community. She looks forward to continuing working with CARON through the development of increasing resources, educational services/programming, community events, and hosting awareness academies in conjunction with community organizations and leaders to build vibrant communities in collaboration.
Maricruz enjoys spending time with her loved ones and playing soccer in her spare time.
Community Outreach Worker – Bayside
Lydia came to United States 10 years ago. Upon her arrival, she realized that this community was different from her community in Mexico and she started participating of the parent activities at Fair Oaks School (including the CARON Citizen’s Academy) to become familiar with her new community. She worked at Fair Oaks school for seven years as yard duty, library aide and parent and student tutor. She has studies on Early Childhood Development, Human Services and she’s currently pursuing the certification as a Social Worker. She started working with the C.A.R.O.N. program on March of 2011.
Outreach worker - Coast
Isela Martinez learned about the CARON Program because she attended a leadership workshop offered in Half Moon Bay. Her passion to help others, motivated her to become a community leader. For six years, she volunteered for CARON and was hired in 2007 as outreach worker in the coast. She has attended our citizen’s academy, and different workshops throughout the years. Isela believes that every member of the community can make a positive impact.