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www.smdailyjournal.comMonday
 July 16,2012
Vol XII,Edition 286
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 YRIA CIVIL WAR
WORLD PAGE 8
 
‘ICE AGE’TOPSBOX OFFICE
DATEBOOKPAGE 17
SERENA WINSAT STANFORD
SPORTS PAGE 11
International Red Cross declares conflictcivil war after 16 months
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
With $10 million of revenuebonds in place,the Port of RedwoodCity is ready to begin modernizingits two wharves to improve water-front access and create a new visi-tor-friendly promenade.The update will let the port betterserve its existing and future cus-tomers while remaining flexible torespond to changing market condi-tions,according to Port ExecutiveDirector Mike Giari.The project’s first phase of rede-velopment includes demolishing thewharves and associated piles,knocking down a warehouse andbuilding a new 426-foot long by 58-foot wide prestressed concretewharf with two new access ramps tothe shore. The second phase relo-cates the existing conveyor systemand realigns operations to reduceberth conflicts.The makeover isn’t limited to justthe wharves. The port will alsoimprove the public access areasbetween the marina and fishing pier.A major feature will be the new 12-foot wide waterfront promenaderunning parallel to the shorelineswith new handicap access and park-ing. Visitors can see the water froma semi-private sitting area on thenew lawn which will includes land-scaping.The project also calls for remov-ing the existing large concreteplanter barriers and replacing thefishing pier steps with a handicapramp connected to the new prome-nade.Construction is expected to runthrough December 2013.The Port Commission awardedthe $13.9 million contract toManson Construction Company andwill use $10 million in revenuebonds ratified by the City Council.
Port ready to modernize wharves
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Fewer spots will be available forthe youngest possible students in thecoming fall due to state cuts,but thechanges will allow for most facili-ties to remain open.Throughout California,early edu-cation programs have consistentlybeen on the chopping blocks despitethe continuous release of studiessupporting the benefits of an earlyinvestment. Early education andpreschool— programs serving chil-dren under 6 years old —were dis-cussed as possible cuts for the fall.Gov. Jerry Brown’s final budgetdoesn’t close facilities,which localofficials originally feared. However,the new budget will cut the numberof spots for children,create morework for local administrators andlikely mean district will not knowhow many students it will be servinguntil the school year starts.Over the past two years,early careand education in San Mateo Countyhas suffered $1 million in cuts,saidCounty Superintendent AnneCampbell.“We used to have 880 childrenparticipating in state preschool pro-grams; with the current cuts it looksas though we’ll only have 680 statepreschool slots when we start the
Budget cuts:Less chairsin preschools
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
The final environmental reviewhas been released on a plan to trans-form the gateway of San Carlos intoa transit-oriented mix of housing,commercial space and a publicplaza around the existing Caltrainstation.The Planning Commission willhold a study session at the end of themonth on the final environmentalimpact review of the San CarlosTransit Village. A final recommen-dation to the City Council won’t bedecided until October.As proposed,the transit villagewould convert a 10.53-acre strip of land within the existing Caltrain sta-tion and running parallel to the rail-road corridor. Legacy’s proposalenvisions eight buildings housing280 housing units among a mix of 407,298 square feet of residential,23,797 square feet of office spaceand 14,326 square feet of retailspace.The project would include 667parking spaces and a new SamTransTransit Center on 4.29 acres.
Public asked for inputon Transit Village plan
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By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Ever see an unsightly pile of pigeon poop in downtown SanMateo?If you look hard enough youmight find one — but it is unlikely.In fact,unless you are reallysearching for them,you are reallyunlikely to even see a pigeon.There are not many nestingpigeons left downtown because for
Pigeon patrol
BILL SILVERFARB/DAILY JOURNAL
Chris Rudnicki helps control the pigeon population in downtown SanMateo under a contract with the city.His work may be reduced,however,which could cause an uptick in the birds’roosting activities in the area.
Birds are controlledbut funding drops
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As he accepted the Republican presi-dential nomination in San Francisco,Barry M. Goldwater said “extremism inthe defense of liberty is no vice”andthat “moderation in the pursuit of jus-tice is no virtue.”
FOR THE RECORD2
Monday
 July 16,2012
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 250 words or less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing.To submit obituaries,emailinformation along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style,clarity,length and grammar.If you would like to have an obituary printedmore than once,longer than 250 words or without editing,please submit an inquiry to our advertising department at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Actress PhoebeCates is 49.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1964
“If sentiment doesn’t ultimately make fibbersof some people,their natural abominablememories almost certainly will.” 
— J.D.Salinger (1919-2010).
Actor-singerRuben Blades is 64.Actor Will Ferrell is45.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
A competitor climbs out of a tube during the Tough Mudder at Mt.Snow in West Dover,Vt.Sunday.The Tough Mudder is a 9-mile endurance event which runs competitors through a military style obstacle course complete with mud,water and fire.
Monday:
Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming sunny. Patchy fog in the morning.Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Monday night:
Mostly clear in the eveningthen becoming cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows inthe lower 50s.
Tuesday through Thursday:
Mostlycloudy. Patchy fog. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows in the lower50s.
Thursday night and Friday:
Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower50s. Highs in the mid 60s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.06 WhirlWin in first place;No.10 Solid Gold in secondplace;and No.04 Big Ben in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:42.45.
(Answers tomorrow)RUGBYKNELTCASINO BISHOPSaturday’sJumbles:Answer:The dogs in the cars were creating a “BARKING” LOTNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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,the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa took place in Spain,resulting in victory for allied Christian troops over forces of theAlmohad Empire.
In 1790
,a site along the Potomac River was designated the per-manent seat of the United States government; the area becameWashington,D.C.
In 1909
,the Audi auto company was founded in Zwickau,Germany,by August Horch.
In 1912
,New York gambler Herman Rosenthal,set to testifybefore a grand jury about police corruption,was gunned downby members of the Lennox Avenue Gang.
In 1935
,the first parking meters were installed in OklahomaCity.
In 1945
,the United States exploded its first experimental atom-ic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo,N.M.
In 1951
,the novel “The Catcher in the Rye”by J.D. Salingerwas first published by Little,Brown and Co.
In 1969
,Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the firstmanned mission to the surface of the moon.
In 1973
,during the Senate Watergate hearings,former WhiteHouse aide Alexander P. Butterfield publicly revealed the exis-tence of President Richard Nixon’s secret taping system.
In 1981
,singer Harry Chapin was killed when his car wasstruck by a tractor-trailer on New York’s Long IslandExpressway.
In 1999
,John F. Kennedy Jr.,his wife,Carolyn,and her sister,Lauren Bessette,died when their single-engine plane,pilotedby Kennedy,plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’sVineyard,Mass.
Ten years ago:
The Irish Republican Army issued an unprece-dented apology for hundreds of civilian deaths over 30 years.Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 80. Soul singerDenise LaSalle is 78. Soul singer William Bell is 73.International Tennis Hall of Famer Margaret Court is 70.Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is 64. Rock composer-musicianStewart Copeland is 60. Playwright Tony Kushner is 56. DancerMichael Flatley is 54. Actor Daryl “Chill”Mitchell is 47. ActorJonathan Adams is 45. Actress Rain Pryor is 43. Actor CoreyFeldman is 41. Rock musician Ed Kowalczyk (Live) is 41. Rock singer Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool) is 38. Actress JaymaMays (TV:“Glee”) is 33. Actress AnnaLynne McCord is 25.Actor-singer James Maslow is 22. Actor Mark Indelicato is 18.
Springsteen,McCartneysilenced by London curfew
LONDON Concert organizerspulled the plug on rock stars BruceSpringsteen and Paul McCartney afterthe pair defied the sound curfew atLondon’s Hyde Park,silencing theirmicrophones at the tail end of the show.Springsteen had already exceeded the10:30 p.m. curfew by half an hourSaturday night when he welcomedMcCartney on stage and the pair sangthe Beatles hits “I Saw Her StandingThere”and “Twist and Shout.But themicrophones were turned off before theycould thank the crowd,forcing them toleave the stage in silence.A statement from concert organizerLive Nation said it was unfortunate thatSpringsteen’s three-hour-plus perform-ance was stopped “right at the very end,”but it said that the curfew had been laiddown by the authorities “in the interestof the public’s health and safety.”Huge concerts in Hyde Park,a 350-acre (140-hectare) expanse of land-scaped garden and parkland that abutssome of London’s wealthiest neighbor-hoods,have increasingly caused frictionbetween fans and the area’s well-heeledresidents,many of whom gripe about thelate-night noise and nuisance.With complaints on the rise,local offi-cials have decided that as of next year,the number of concerts will be slashedfrom 13 to nine. Also in 2013,they planto reduce crowd limits from 80,000 to65,000.Steven Van Zandt,who plays guitar inSpringsteen’s E-Street Band,criticizedSaturday’s decision as heavy-handed.“English cops may be the only indi-viduals left on earth that wouldn’t wantto hear one more from BruceSpringsteen and Paul McCartney!hewrote on Twitter. “On a Saturday night!Who were we disturbing?”Finally headded:“There’s no grudges to be held.Just feel bad for our great fans. ... It’ssome City Council stupid rule.”London’s flamboyant mayor,BorisJohnson,said Sunday that the singersshould have been allowed to keep going.“It sounds to me like an excessivelyefficacious decision,he told Londonradio. “You won’t get that during theOlympics. If they’d have called me,myanswer would have been for them to jamin the name of the Lord!”
Daredevil dancers performat London landmarks
LONDON — Daredevil dancers havesky-walked,bungee-jumped,and tum-bled across some of the British capital’sbest-known landmarks ahead of theOlympic Games.The performance — called “Surprises:Streb— saw red-suited acrobatsbounce up and down like yo-yos fromLondon’s futuristic Millennium Bridge,while others walked across the roof of London’s glass-domed city hall.At the 17th-century stone columnknown as The Monument,performersspun around in what appeared to be agiant hamster wheel.
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here are three prominent islands that jut out in San Francisco Bay just asyou enter the Golden Gate. The onethat is one and half mile north of North Beachwas originally named Yerba Buena by theexplorer Ayala in the 1770s. The other islandto the east of San Francisco (originally YerbaBuena) he named Alcatraz (later Goats Islandthen Yerba Buena). To the north was a largerisland one named Angel Island. Apparentlythe profusion of the plant,Yerba Buena,occurred everywhere and the name becameapplied to many places. The names wereswitched to their present names by a Britishship’s captain,Frederick Beechey,who sur-veyed the Bay in 1826.In 1846,Julian Workman,co-owner oRancho La Puente and personal friend of PioPico,was granted Alcatraz with the under-standing he would build a lighthouse on it. Henever did fulfill that promise. The militarygovernor of California,John E. Fremont,acquired the island for the United States in1846. Following the Treaty of GuadalupeHidalgo and the United States acquisition of California,the U.S. Army began studying thefeasibility of Alcatraz as a base for coastalbatteries to protect the approach of shipsthrough the Golden Gate. In 1853,the firstlighthouse on the West Coast was built onAlcatraz. Its style was that of the Cape Codcottage style. The lens that powered the light-house was imported from France and shippedaround South America. It was lit on June 1,1854 and continued to light the area for 62years when it was torn down and replacedwith the light the still beacons today. In addi-tion to the lighthouse,a fog bell was estab-lished on the north side of the island.The island presented many challenges. Allfood had to be brought to the island as well asany fresh water. The currents of the Bay wereswift and dangerous allowing little chance forescape. When the island was later used as aprison,only a few prisoners are recorded astrying to escape by swimming to the main-land.In 1853,the U.S. Army Corps of Engineersbegan fortifying the island. In 1858,FortAlcatraz acquired 200 soldiers and 11 can-nons. When the Civil War began,85 cannonswere put in casements around the island. Gunsand powder were stored at the garrison due tothe many Confederate sympathizers in SanFrancisco. Due to the Civil War,many moreprisoners were held on the island and another
‘The Rock’ — Alcatraz
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 July 16,2012
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
Police reports
Second victim?
Someone reported that he was the secondvictim of the previously reported vehicleburglary on the 1600 block of BayshoreHighway in Burlingame before 11:20p.m. Tuesday,July 10.
BELMONT
Fraud.
Fraudulent use of a credit card wasreported on Sunnyslope Avenue before 7:54p.m. Monday,July 2.
Vandalism.
Graffiti was found on the firstblock of North Road before 2:07 p.m.Monday,July 2.
Tampering with vehicle.
Motorcycle lockswere broken on Continentals Way before12:28 p.m. Monday,July 2.
Theft.
Ipads were taken from a school onAlameda de las Pulgas before 10:58 a.m.Monday,July 2.
Drunk in public.
Three people were in a dis-pute on Village Court before 2:26 a.m.Sunday,July 1.
Theft.
A woman reported that her $1,000locked bicycle was stolen from her carportstall on Village Drive before 1:43 p.m. Friday,June 29.
FOSTER CITY 
Disturbance.
A man reported his motherrefused to give him his birth certificate andpassport on Nottingham Lane before 8:20p.m. on Wednesday,July 11.
Assault and battery.
A person reported beingpunched and knocked down by a middle agedbald man who escaped in a vehicle onTimberhead Lane before 7:51 p.m. onWednesday,July 11.
 
 AUTHOR’S COLLECTION
“The Rock.”
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