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www.smdailyjournal.comWeekend
Oct.27-28,2012
Vol XII,Edition 61
CAMPAIGN RIVALS
NATION PAGE 7
 
CAP GRABSOCEAN LEAD
SPORTSPAGE 11
MONSTER STORMGROWING CLOSER
NATION PAGE 8
ROMNEY ON ECONOMY:OBAMA ‘MADE THE PROBLEMWORSE’
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Classical music doesn’t have tobe stuffy.In fact,this Saturday,it comeswith a side of costumes,dramaticperformances,a chance for childrento conduct and a colorful visualbackground during the RedwoodSymphony Family Halloween con-cert. Held at Cañada CollegeSaturday afternoon,the annualevent brings together musicians,children and costumes. RedwoodSymphony is uniquely open to fam-ilies.“Most orchestras do a familyshow. We do one better. The rest of the year,our concerts are free forkids,said Music Director EricKujawsky.Started in 1985,RedwoodSymphony is an all-volunteerorchestra dedicated to the perform-ance of ambitious,contemporaryrepertoire,as well as the orchestralclassics. The family concert hasbeen a staple for about 10 years.Each year,a different music selec-tion comes into play with theHalloween concert. It’s also anopportunity for everyone —Kujawsky,musicians,kids and par-ents — to don costumes and have abit of fun.This year features RobertRodriguez’s “A ColorfulSymphony,”narrated by ValerieSarfaty. Based on a chapter of thesame name from Norton Juster’schildren’s book,“The PhantomTollbooth,”the story takes up whereMilo comes across an immenseorchestra in the middle of the forestwhose job it is to conduct the colorsof the morning,noon and night. Butthings go particularly wild when
A musical Halloween celebration
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Two 42-year-old former employ-ees of the San Mateo CountyCommunity College District are fac-ing multiple felonies after workingtogether to misuse the agency’scredit cards resulting in about a$150,000 loss,according to DistrictAttorney Steve Wagstaffe.Bradley John Witham,who listshis residence as Gardnerville,Nev.,faces seven felonies including for-gery,embezzlement,both generaland of government funds,conspira-cy and identity theft related to morethan 70 transactions using districtcredit cards from June 2006 throughJune 2012,said Wagstaffe. Withamfaces an additional enhancementsince the theft was more than$100,000 that makes him eligible tobe sentenced tostate prison.Mark AnthonyBustos,fromSan Mateo,faces12 felony countsincluding con-spiracy,embez-zlement,embez-zlement of pub-lic funds,identi-ty theft and com-puter theft. Bothhave entered notguilty pleas.“The districtwas tremendousin working withus,saidWagstaffe,adding that the
Two arrestedfor stealingfrom college
Employees face embezzlement charges forinappropriate use of district’s credit cards
Bradley WithamMark Bustos
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By Garance Burke
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO — FormerU.S. Sen. George Mitchell hasstepped down from overseeing pri-vate settlement talks over a deadlyNorthern California pipeline explo-sion after state regulators set up amediation process criticized by sev-eral parties as an unfair,backroomdeal.The California Public UtilitiesCommission appointed the formerSenate Majority Leader earlier thismonth to mediate a settlementaimed at determining how muchPacific Gas & Electric Co. should befined for the blast.
George Mitchell won’t mediateSan Brunofire settlement talks
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SAMANTHA WEIGEL (BELOW)/DAILY JOURNAL
Jonny Weston plays Jay Moriarity in this weekend’s release of ‘Chasing Mavericks.’
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By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
The extreme exertion of riding40-foot waves is known to few,yetfor those whobrave theexperience,surfing isinherent totheir being.The breaksat Mavericksbeach in Half Moon Bay laydormant formuch of the year,but when the win-ter swells pick up on the NorthernCalifornia coast,giants emerge from
Chasing Mavericks
Film portrays the life of notorious surfer Jay Moriarity
See page 19
Inside
‘Chasing Mavericks’feels formulaic,safe
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FOR THE RECORD2
Weekend
Oct.27-28,2012
THEDAILYJOURNAL
The San Mateo Daily Journal
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 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.
Actor-directorRoberto Benigni is60.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1787
the first of the Federalist Papers,a seriesof essays calling for ratification of theUnited States Constitution,was pub-lished under the pseudonym “Publius”(the essays were a collaborative effortby Alexander Hamilton,JamesMadison and John Jay).
“In any moment of decision,the best thing you can do is the right thing,the next best thing is the wrong thing,and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” 
— Theodore Roosevelt,American president (1858-1919)
Actor-comedianJohn Cleese is 73.Actress-singerKelly Osbourne is28.
Birthdays
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF JACKIE SPEIER 
U.S.Rep.Jackie Speier,D-San Mateo,does yoga with seniors at the ‘Seniors on the Move’conference in South San FranciscoFriday.It was the conference's 25th year and featured special guest Chesley B.‘Sully’Sullenberger,who famously landed USAirways Flight 1549 with 155 passengers on the Hudson River after it was disabled by a flock of geese.
Saturday
:Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper60s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Lows in the lower 50s. North winds 5 to 10mph.
Sunday
:Partly cloudy in the morning thenbecoming sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s.Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Monday
:Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s.
Monday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s.
Tuesday and Tuesday night:
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid60s. Lows in the lower 50s.
Wednesday:
Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.01 GoldRush in first place;No.07 Eureka in second place;and No.08 Gorgeous George in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:42.17.
(Answers Monday)GRIME TWINE BESTOW WHIMSYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Looking for the perfect new outfit can be —ATRYING TIMENow 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.
SERPSSALCHPENTUURXTEPE
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In 1795
,the United States and Spain signed the Treaty of SanLorenzo (also known as Pinckney’s Treaty),which providedfor free navigation of the Mississippi River.
In 1858,
the 26th president of the United States,TheodoreRoosevelt,was born in New York City.
In 1880,
Theodore Roosevelt married his first wife,Alice Lee.
In 1886
(New Style date),the musical fantasy “A Night onBald Mountain,written by Modest Mussorgsky and revisedafter his death by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,was performed inSt. Petersburg,Russia.
In 1904
,the first rapid transit subway,the IRT,was inaugurat-ed in New York City.
In 1922,
the first annual celebration of Navy Day took place.
In 1938
,Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn:“nylon.”
In 1947,
“You Bet Your Life,starring Groucho Marx,pre-miered on ABC Radio. (It later became a television show onNBC.)
In 1962
,during the Cuban Missile Crisis,a U-2 reconnais-sance aircraft was shot down while flying over Cuba,killingthe pilot,U.S. Air Force Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr.
In 1971
,the Democratic Republic of Congo was renamed theRepublic of Zaire (but it went back to its previous name in1997).
In 1978
,Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli PrimeMinister Menachem Begin were named winners of the NobelPeace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle Eastaccord.Actress Nanette Fabray is 92. Baseball Hall-of-Famer andsportscaster Ralph Kiner is 90. Actress Ruby Dee is 88. AuthorMaxine Hong Kingston is 72. Country singer Lee Greenwood is70. Producer-director Ivan Reitman is 66. Country singer-musi-cian Jack Daniels is 63. Rock musician Garry Tallent (BruceSpringsteen & the E Street Band) is 63. Author Fran Lebowitz is62. Rock musician K.K. Downing is 61. TV personality JayneKennedy is 61. Actor Peter Firth is 59. Actor Robert Picardo is59. World Golf Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan is 56. Singer SimonLe Bon is 54. Country musician Jerry Dale McFadden (TheMavericks) is 48. Internet news editor Matt Drudge is 46.A habanero pepper is up to 100 timeshotter than a jalapeno pepper.***The Washington Monument inWashington,D.C. stands 555 feet tall.The monument,built in honor of GeorgeWashington (1732-1799),was complet-ed on Dec. 6,1884.***In the story of Cinderella,a royal ball isheld to find a wife for the king’s onlyson. If the prince did not marry,the royalbloodline would end.***The word dandelion comes from an OldFrench word dentdelion,meaning toothof the lion,in reference to the jaggededges on the leaves of the plant.***Lestor Maddox (1915-2003) gotnational attention in 1964 when herefused to allow African-Americansinto his Atlanta restaurant,thePickrick Cafeteria. Under protest of government interference with smallbusiness,Maddox sold his restaurantrather than integrate it.***In the history of baseball,there havebeen over 16,000 major league baseballplayers. Of those,40 percent have hithome runs.***Since 1978,there have been 37 recordedincidents of people getting killed byvending machines. In all of the cases,people shook the machines to get freemerchandise or money,and themachines fell on them.***Do you know what product had theadvertising slogan “A Little Dab’ll DoYa”? See answer at end.***One way to control poison oak and poi-son ivy growing wild is to get a goat.Goats can eat the plants with no illeffect.***The tree that grows the tallest is theCalifornia redwood tree,which growsup to 370 feet tall. The roots of the hugeconifers spread as far as 250 feet.***The 17-foot tall statue of David,on dis-play at the Accademia Gallery inFlorence,Italy,was damaged by a van-dal in 1991. David’s toe was brokenafter being hit with a hammer.***The three original commentators on“Monday Night Football”(1970-pres-ent) were Keith Jackson (born 1928),Don Meredith (born 1938) and HowardCosell (1918-1995).***When American explorer DonaldMacMillan (1874-1970) went on anArctic expedition in 1913 he broughtNECCO wafer candies with him. Hegave the candy to the Eskimo children.***Casper the Friendly Ghost had a friendnamed Wendy. She was a young witchwho lived with her aunts Thelma,Velma,and Zelma in an enchanted forest.***At weddings in the Czech Republic peo-ple throw peas,not rice,at the bride andgroom.***The town of Churchill Manitoba,Canada is known as the Polar BearCapital of the World. Every October andNovember the bears gather along theshore of the Hudson Bay,waiting for thebay to freeze over so they can hunt forseal. Thousands of tourists travel to thetown to see the polar bears in their natu-ral habitat.***
 Answer
:It was the advertising slogan for Brylcreem. Introduced in 1929, Brylcreem was the first mass-marketed men’s hair care product. Fred Flintstone’s exclamation of “Yabba Dabba Doo”comes from Brylcreem’sslogan.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments? Emailknowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.
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Oct.27-28,2012
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
Disturbance
. Two women were involved in aphysical fight at the Silver Hotel on GrandAvenue before 2:08 p.m. on Saturday,Oct. 13.
Disturbance
. A woman was pushed by a towtruck driver on Marcie Circle before 10:28 a.m.on Saturday,Oct. 13.
Burglary
. Five units were broken into at PublicStorage on South Spruce Avenue before 9:48a.m. on Saturday,Oct. 13.
Traffic law.
A vehicle was reported for block-ing a driveway on Valverde Drive before 8:36a.m. on Saturday,Oct. 12.
Petty theft.
A gray Toyota Camry was brokeninto on Commercial Avenue before 7:12 a.m.Friday,Oct. 12.
Narcotics
. A narcotics arrest was made on SanMateo Avenue before 10:28 p.m. Thursday,Oct. 11.
UNINCORPORATED SAN MATEO COUNTY 
Prowling
. A man was arrested for peaking intohomes and being under the influence of a con-trolled substance on the 300 block of CaliforniaAvenue in Moss Beach before 8:08 p.m. onWednesday,Oct. 10.
Suspicious circumstances.
Two female juve-niles were seen stealing from a car parked onthe 500 block of Cabrillo Avenue in El Granadabefore 1:09 a.m. on Wednesday,Oct. 10.
Police reports
En garde
A person attempting to climb over a fencegot his leg pinned between the fence anda cement pillar on Manzantia Street inRedwood City before 8:38 a.m. onThursday,Oct. 18.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The once-renowned San Mateo child psy-chiatrist committed to a mental hospital asincompetent for a second trial on charges hemolested boys in his care is not using his med-ical expertise to fake dementia and avoid pros-ecution,according to two hospital doctorswho treated him.The Napa State Hospital psychiatrist andpsychologist testified in the latest competencytrial of William Hamilton Ayres on behalf of the defense which has the burden of provingthe 80-year-old man is still mentally unfit toaid in his own defense. If it fails,criminal pro-ceedings will be reinstated and Ayres willstand trial on several counts of child molesta-tion under the guise of medical examsbetween 1988 and 1996. An earlier jury hungin 2009 and he was declared incompetentbefore a second trial could begin.But Ayres returned to San Mateo Countylast spring after a hospital report concludedAyres had been exaggerating his conditionand refusing to participate in treatment andmedication aimed at restoring his competency.The defense witnesses yesterday agreed Ayresmay have declined but pointed out that was hisright to do so and said,if anything,the formerpsychiatrist accustomed to possessing a high-level of skill and accolades worked hard toconvince people he was not falling victim toloss of memory and cognitive ability.Memory loss is usually the easiest conditionto fake and even a person with Ayresmedicalbackground can’t feign incompetence indefi-nitely,said Dr. Scott Sutherland.“There’s nobody good enough to dothis 24/7,month after month,year afteryear,he said.Sutherland said he stillstands by his original con-clusion that “he is not like-ly to regain competence inthe foreseeable future.”Dr. Erin Warnick,a sen-ior psychologist specializ-ing in neuropsychology,tested Ayres for severalhours and met with himon three occasions. She testified that Ayrestends to “overinflate his memory deficits”butis not feigning dementia.Dementia is a consistent condition and notcurable,but patients do have bad and gooddays,so it is possible Ayres did have lucidconversations with hospital staff,said psy-chologist Dr. Thomas Knoblauch.Knoblauch said he had no reason to believeAyres was malingering and often observedhim from afar looking “quite confused anddisoriented.”Knoblauch treated Ayres beginning inDecember 2011,a few months after Ayres’arrival at the hospital when he was transferredto a unit specializing in elder and conservedpatients — what prosecutor MelissaMcKowan described as the “old folks home of Napa State Hospital”while making the pointthat restoration to competency was no longerthe goal for patients in that wing.Knoblauch agreed that tests used to confirmmalingering could be found on the Internet orfrom other sources by patients looking to foolevaluators but said Ayres was not such a case.“Dr. Ayres did not have the mental capacityto research such articles as this and create astrategy,”Knoblauch said.McKowan,however,is expected to arguethat Ayres did just that in hopes of avoidingprosecution and eventually leaving Napa StateHospital for home or a nursing facility.Under cross-examination,Knoblauchagreed Ayres was consistent in drawing atten-tion to his deficits like memory loss and saidhe thought he’d be convicted if tried againbecause society is currently less tolerant of child molestation.Knoblauch,who found Ayres sufficientlyunderstood several legal areas required forcompetency such as plea bargains and listen-ing to his attorney’s advice,concluded he wasimpaired in “his ability to cope with incarcer-ation pending trial.”Ayres is currently in custody because he hasnot yet been declared legally competent butprior to his commitment last year had beenfree on bail since shortly after his 2007 arrest.Authorities had first began looking at Ayres,the former president of the AmericanAcademy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,five years before his arrest when a formerpatient claimed the doctor molested him atage 13 during the 1970s. After a U.S. SupremeCourt ruling on the statute of limitations nixedcriminal prosecution,the victim and Ayresreached a confidential settlement in July 2005.In a deposition for the lawsuit,Ayres report-edly admitted conducting physical exams of patients as part of his care. His practiceincluded private clients and referrals fromboth the juvenile justice system and schooldistricts.The 2009 jury hung in various splits on allcounts. A jury in his competency trial similar-ly hung and prosecutors agreed not to seek aretrial if he went to a locked facility.The competency trial continues Mondaymorning.
Defense claims Ayres still mentally unfit
William Ayres

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