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www.smdailyjournal.comMonday
Oct.29,2012
Vol XII,Edition 62
SUPERSTORM
NATION PAGE 7
 
THE HUNTFOR 270
NATIONPAGE 8
SOLITUDE IN THEWIRED WORLD?
LIFESTYLE PAGE 31
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DAILY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
In California,a person who hasbeen convicted of two previous“violent”or “serious”felonies andis convicted of any third felony maybe sentenced to 25 years to life. Thisis known as the “three strikeslaw.Proposition 36 would prevent dis-trict attorneys and judges from pur-suing the third strike sentence — 25years to life — for defendantswhose current offense is a nonvio-lent,non-serious felony,such asshoplifting or simple drug posses-sion.If the proposition passes,thosewho have already been sentenced to25 years to life for a nonviolent,non-serious third-strike offensewould be eligible for a resentencinghearing.Around 3,000 people inCalifornia would be eligible for aresentencing hearing,according toMike Romano,director of theStanford Three Strikes Project.“Proposition 36 does not repealthree strikes or eliminate it,”saidRomano,who co-authored theproposition. He pointed out that thislaw would not guarantee any personwill be released earlier from prison.That decision would be up to the judge in the resentencing hearing.“You can only get out of prison if the judge finds you are no longer apublic risk,”he said.He stressed that underProposition 36 non-serious thirdstrikers would still have enhancedsentences,just not life.“They should get sentenceenhancements because of theirrecidivism,”said Romano.He is currently representing aman from Riverside County whose
DAs differ on modifying three strikes
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By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A group of San Mateo Heightsresidents is coming together tooppose the addition of a 7-Eleven inthe neighborhood whereStangelini’s Italian Deli & HilltopMarket once stood.City staff approved 7-Eleven ’szoning application Aug. 30 afterdeveloper,Portfolio DevelopmentPartners,held a community out-reach meeting at the Martin LutherKing Jr. Center in February.Deputy Mayor David Limrequested a series of public hear-ings,however,to determine whetherthe land should be kept as residen-tial,as it is currently zoned.The deli was vacant for so long,nearly two years,that the propertyon North SanMateo Drive isnow zoned formulti-familyresidences. A7-Eleven orany otherretail estab-lishment proposed for the site isconsidered a non-conforming usesince the land is zoned residential.Ellsworth Court resident SeanJohnston has started to rally opposi-tion of the 7-Eleven and plans tourge the Planning Commission at itsnext meeting to terminate the non-conforming use of land.Johnston actually attempted tobuy the building at North San MateoDrive and East Bellevue Avenue
Group forming tooppose 7-Eleven
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
County officials said they weredisappointed but far from surprisedwhen Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed atrailer bill that would have protectedmore than $3 million in propertytaxes forfeited from three Bay Areacounties.Now those same officials areholding out hope the governor maystill make San Mateo County wholeand,barring the possibility,that itcould prevail in court.“There is a real question of equityand fairness. It’swrong and wecan’t let this go,”saidAssemblymanJerry Hill,D-SanMateo,who pro-moted the pro-posal by stateSen. Mark Leno,D-SanFrancisco.The trailer bill would have savedSan Mateo County more than $1
Assemblyman,countyhold out hope for ERAF
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Wendell Largo was on his way tobecoming a U.S. citizen.He was a legal immigrant fromthe Philippines and enrolled in allthe right classes. Largo followed hisfamily to the states Dec. 31,2004.Once he got identification,Largowas able to find work at a retail shopwhile he took the classes necessaryto get his citizenship. As a formerteacher,Largo was quicklyexcelling through the course work.The challenge for him was the $680cost to submit the naturalizationapplication.Through a relatively new pro-gram,Lending Circles forCitizenship (also known asCitizenship Tandas),57-year-old
Social lending: A path to citizenship
REUTERS
San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo celebrates after the Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in Game4 to win the MLB World Series baseball championship in Detroit,Mich.last night.
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Oct.29,2012
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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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.
Actress WinonaRyder is 41.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1929
Wall Street crashed on “Black Tuesday,”heralding the beginning of America’s Great Depression.
“An old error is always more popular than a new truth.” 
— German proverb.
Singer MelbaMoore is 67.Actress India Eisleyis 19.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
People dressed as zombies pose for a photo during a night parade in the central avenue of San Jose in Costa Rica Saturday.People dressed up as zombies took part in the “Zombie Walk”during Halloween celebrations.
Monday:
Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in themorning. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Monday night:
Mostly cloudy. Lows in thelower 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday:
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid60s. Northwest winds around 5 mph.
Tuesday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows in thelower 50s.
Wednesday:
Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Highs inthe lower 60s.
Wednesday night:
Rain likely. Lows in the lower 50s.
Thursday:
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Highs in thelower 60s.
Thursday night through Saturday:
Partly cloudy. Lows inthe lower 50s. Highs in the mid 60s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.05 Califor-nia Classic in first place;No.07 Eureka in secondplace;and No.02 Lucky Star in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:46.35.
(Answers tomorrow)PRESS CLASH TUNEUPEXPERTSaturday’sJumbles:Answer:When the baby wouldn’t sleep, the parentsgot — RESTLESSNow 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.
TROOBCORFEMASNOLGIRFTH
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On this date:In 1618
,Sir Walter Raleigh,the English courtier,militaryadventurer and poet,was executed in London.
In 1787
,the opera “Don Giovanni”by Wolfgang AmadeusMozart had its world premiere in Prague.
In 1901
,President William McKinley’s assassin,LeonCzolgosz (CHAWL’-gahsh),was electrocuted.
In 1923
,the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed.
In 1940
,Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the firstnumber — 158 — in America’s first peacetime military draft.
In 1956
,during the Suez Canal crisis,Israel invaded Egypt’sSinai Peninsula. “The Huntley-Brinkley Report”premiered asNBC’s nightly television newscast.
In 1960
,a chartered plane carrying the California PolytechnicState University football team crashed on takeoff from Toledo,Ohio,killing 22 of the 48 people on board.
In 1966
,the National Organization for Women was formallyorganized during a conference in Washington,D.C.
In 1967
,Expo 67 in Montreal,Quebec,Canada,closed aftersix months.
In 1979
,on the 50th anniversary of the great stock marketcrash,anti-nuclear protesters tried but failed to shut down theNew York Stock Exchange.
In 1987
,following the confirmation defeat of Robert H. Bork toserve on the U.S. Supreme Court,President Ronald Reaganannounced his choice of Douglas H. Ginsburg,a nomination thatfell apart over revelations of Ginsburg’s previous marijuana use.
In 1998
,Sen. John Glenn,at age 77,roared back into spaceaboard the shuttle Discovery,retracing the trail he’d blazed forAmerica’s astronauts 36 years earlier.
Ten years ago:
A Minneapolis memorial service for the lateSen. Paul Wellstone turned into a virtual political rally asfriends and relatives urged Minnesotans to honor his memoryby putting a Democrat in his seat on Election Day.Bluegrass singer-musician Sonny Osborne (The OsborneBrothers) is 75. Rock musician Denny Laine is 68. MusicianPeter Green is 66. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 65. Actress KateJackson is 64. The president of Turkey,Abdullah Gul,is 62.Actor Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) is 55. Country musi-cian Steve Kellough (Wild Horses) is 55. Comic strip artist TomWilson (“Ziggy”) is 55. Singer Randy Jackson is 51. Rock musi-cian Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 47. Actress Joely Fisheris 45. Rapper Paris is 45. . Actress Gabrielle Union is 39. ActressMilena Govich is 36. Actor Jon Abrahams is 35. Actor Ben Fosteris 32. Rock musician Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend) is 28.
Reports:UK rocker arrestedas part of Savile case
LONDON Police investigatingchild sex abuse allegations against thelate BBC television host Jimmy Savilearrested former glam rock star and con-victed sex offender Gary Glitter onSunday,British media reported,raisingfurther questions about whether Savilewas at the center of a broader pedophilering.Police would not directly identify thesuspect arrested Sunday,but mediaincluding the BBC and PressAssociation reported he was the 68-year-old Glitter.The musician,whose real name isPaul Gadd,made it big with the crowd-pleasing hit “Rock & Roll (Part 2),amostly instrumental anthem that hasbeen a staple at American sportingevents,thanks to its catchy “heycho-rus. But he fell into disgrace after beingconvicted on child abuse charges inVietnam.Sunday’s arrest was the first in awidening scandal over Savile’s allegedsex crimes,which started garneringattention earlier this month when a tele-vision documentary showed severalwomen claiming that Savile abusedthem when they were teenagers.Hundreds of potential victims have sincecome forward to report similar claims topolice against Savile,a much-loved chil-dren’s TV presenter and disc jockey whodied at the age of 84last year.Most have allegedabuse by Savile,butsome said they wereabused by Savile andothers. Most claimedthey were assaultedin their early teens.The scandal hasraised questionsabout whether the BBC,the publiclyfunded and trusted broadcaster,hadignored crimes it suspected over severaldecades. Its executives have apologizedand vowed to uncover the true scale of the alleged abuse.“The BBC’s reputation is on the line,”Chris Patten,the chairman of the BBCTrust,wrote in The Mail on Sundaynewspaper. “The BBC risks squanderingpublic trust because one of its stars overthree decades was apparently a sexualcriminal ... and because others — BBCemployees and hangers-on — may alsohave been involved.”On Sunday,the BBC and Sky Newsshowed footage of Glitter,who wore ahat,a dark coat and sunglasses,beingtaken from his home by officers anddriven away.Police would not directly identify thesuspect,but when asked about Glitter aspokesman said the force arrested a manin his 60s early Sunday morning inLondon on suspicion of sexual offensesin connection with the Savile probe. Hewas released later Sunday and was dueto return to a London police station inDecember for further questioning,police said. British police do not gener-ally identify suspects under arrest byname until they are charged.Glitter,known for his shiny jumpsuitsand bouffant wigs,was jailed in Britainin 1999 for possessing child pornogra-phy,and convicted in 2006 in Vietnamof committing “obscene acts with chil-dren”— offenses involving girls aged10 and 11. He was deported back toBritain in 2008.In 2006,the NFL advised its footballteams not to use the Glitter version of “Rock and Roll (Part 2)”at games.One witness recently told a BBC-TVshow that she once saw Glitter havingsex with a schoolgirl in Savile’s dressingroom at the broadcaster’s TV center inthe 1970s. Glitter has denied the allega-tions.Police have said that though the major-ity of cases it is investigating relate toSavile alone,some involve the entertainerand other unidentified suspects. In addi-tion,some potential victims who reportedabuse by Savile also told police aboutseparate allegations against unidentifiedmen that did not involve the BBC host.The scandal has horrified Britain withrevelations that Savile,the longtime hostof the popular BBC shows “Top of thePops”and “Jim will Fix It,”allegedlycajoled and coerced vulnerable teensinto having sex with him in his car,hiscamper van,and even in dingy dressingrooms on BBC premises.
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MILLBRAE
Disorderly conduct.
A person was detainedfor disorderly conduct on the 800 block of Banbury Lane before 10:37 p.m. onWednesday,Oct. 17.
BURLINGAME
Burglary.
A woman reported her car windowwas smashed and her camera,along withother items,were stolen from Bay View PlaceMonday,Oct. 15.
Drunk.
A man was arrested for being drunk in public on the 200 block of Primrose Roadbefore 5:28 p.m. Monday,Oct. 15.
BELMONT
Vehicle burglary.
The window of a car wassmashed and a laptop was stolen from BuenaVista and Newlands Avenues before 6:04 p.m.Wednesday,Oct. 17.
Stolen vehicle.
A vehicle was stolen onContinentals Way before 11:50 a.m. Tuesday,Oct. 16.
DUI.
A man was arrested for driving underthe influence on Sem Lane before 6:15 p.m.Sunday,Oct. 14.
Drunk in public.
An drunk man was arrestedfor walking away from officers on Twin PinesLane before 11:23 p.m. Wednesday,Oct. 10.
Battery.
A man was assaulted by two peopleon Ralston Avenue before 8:06 a.m. Tuesday,Oct. 9.
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 THEDAILYJOURNAL
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an Francisco had a population around35,000 in 1850 and it had increased to56,000 by 1860. The observation of alcalde John W. Geary in August 1849 said itall:There is no money in the treasury. Withoutmeans of acquiring a water system,a sewersystem,there are no hospitals or public meansof helping the injured or sick,we do not havea police department with adequate men in itnor a jail to adequately hold prisoners. Thecity was in a crisis and the government isoverwhelmed due to the rapid increase inminers and businessmen that are either pass-ing through or trying to settle San Francisco.Armed bands of armed hoodlums roamedthe city,day and night. Crimes went unreport-ed and if they were reported the people knewnothing would be done to bring justice to thecitizens.The treasury was empty. The main means of obtaining money by the council was by sell-ing lots along the waterfront and around thetown. Another means that was very lucrativewas charging license fees for gambling. Thecity finally got the brig Euphemia,anchoredat the intersection of Battery and Jacksonstreets for use as a jail since the calaboose inPortsmouth Square was inadequate.Throughout the winter of 1848-49,a partic-ular group of hoodlums that became named“the Hounds”rampaged the ethnic groups inthe city by looting,murdering,setting fires,pulling down tents,beating occupants andkeeping the city in turmoil. They formedsemi-military companies “law and ordergroup”and established a tent headquartersnear Portsmouth Square. In July 1849,theyraided “Spanish Town”and one of their menwas killed. This set off the Hounds and theyshot occupants of the colony and destroyedthe entire camp. The next day,when the citi-zens heard of the destruction and acts of theHounds,they formed a group of volunteers,about 250 men,and gave them arms,organ-ized them into groups and ordered them toround up those responsible for these acts.Twenty were arrested and placed on a warshipin the Bay. A judge and jury were set up bythe citizens and,although it was not officiallysanctioned,it kept to the rules and appointeda grand jury to hear the evidence. The menwere found guilty of rioting,conspiracy,rob-bery and assault with intent to kill and givensentences accordingly. However,the menwere released because the court had no meansof carrying out the sentence. Although itseems like it was a failure to obtain justice,the group exhibited the power of the citizensto obtain justice if enough effort was exerted.This episode did not stop the Hounds and,before long,another gang became active,called The Sydney Ducks. They congregatedat the bottom of Telegraph Hill at what wascalled Sydney Town (This area later becameknown as the Barbary Coast). Again theyoperated at will on poor citizens in the samemanner as the Hounds,robbing,beating,burning,etc.,and the citizens were slow to actto reform this activity until February 1851when a merchant was brutally beaten. Twomen were arrested and the judge almostimmediately let him be released. Outragedcitizens immediately rearrested the men afterpleading to the judge to retry them. He did notrearrest them so the committee did.Unfortunately,after a trial by the citizens,hewas released due to lack of evidence.This event led to the first organization of aVigilance Committee in June 1851. The firstact by this group was prompted by the rob-bery by John Jenkins on June 10,1851. Hewas captured and hung over a beam at theCustom House. On July 11,James Stuart wasfound guilty of murder and he was hanged bythe members of the committee. At the sametime,the committee was turning “undesir-ables”away from San Francisco and banish-ing hundreds from the city because of their
Law and order in the 1840s and ’50s
 
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM
A large crowd gathered to witness the hanging of Whittaker and McKenzie in San Francisco.
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Police reports
Two?
A woman reported two of her vehicleshad been broken into and rifled throughon the 1500 block of Barroilhet Avenue inBurlingame before 7:49 a.m. Tuesday,Oct. 16.

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