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www.smdailyjournal.comMonday
Dec.17,2012
Vol XII,Edition 104
A DEADLIER PLAN
NATION PAGE 7
 
HOBBIT RULESBOX OFFICE
DATEBOOKPAGE 17
NINERS BEATBRADY,PATS
SPORTS PAGE 11
SCHOOLSHOOTER HAD BIG ARSENAL
Family Owned & Operated 
 Established: 1949
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Carlos Villegas tried some collegeafter graduating high school but itdid not work out for the young manfrom East Palo Alto.A cousin of his,however,toldhim he would be a great fit for aninternship program in San Franciscothat trains urban young adults withthe skills needed to work at many of the Bay Area’s top companies.Villegas applied for and wasaccepted into a year-long programwith Year UpBay Area,anonprofit,andwas taught forfive months anexhaustive set of computer andinformation-technologyskills.The secondpart of the program placed him intoan internship with Electronic Arts inRedwood Shores where he learnednew skills in a real work environ-ment.Villegas worked in the IT depart-ment at EA,doing trouble-shootingin a hands-on environment that senthim down his current career path.While taking drives on Highway101,however,Villegas could seefrom his car some of the nation’stop high-technology companiesheadquartered here in the Bay Area— from EA,Oracle,Cisco,Facebook and Google — and won-dered if he may one day work at oneof these prestigious companies.Two months ago,Villegas landeda job at Mountain View-basedGoogle and hopes to be with thecompany a long time,he told theDaily Journal.Villegas,who just turned 23,nowoffers tech support for buyers of theChromebook laptop computer allover the world.Even though he has only beenworking at Google for about eightweeks,he already feels like a part of the company as the learning is fastpaced.“It is a cooperative environmentand the training is as you go,”Villegas said. “It is a professionalenvironment but the companyallows for unique personalities toshine through.”Although Year Up Bay Area did
Training program reaps success
 
Year Up Bay Area links young adults with high-tech companies
Carlos Villegas
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County agencyseeks to make itsservices moreuser-friendly
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The noticeable change starts at thedoor of the Human Services Agencylobby in Redwood City.A touch screen kiosk asks whatthe user needs. Applying for foodstamps or Medi-Cal? The kiosk spitsout a numbered ticket and a greetergives the person the necessary formsto fill out before they are even calledto a window. Need to drop off docu-ments? The person is directed to aconfidential box around the corner,right next to the new copy machine.Looking for Social Security? Thekiosk informs the user is in thewrong location but prints out theoffice’s contact information.In the quest to make residentswho use county services more self-sufficient in terms of food,jobs andshelter,HSA is making it easier forclients to be more self-sufficient inconnecting with those services.Apply online,update on the phone,submit paperwork — users may not
Overhaul foragency thatserves needy
County,techfellows pair upto ease hunger
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Cure hunger.The request is no small feat butthen again neither are the peoplecharged with the solution.In an innovate partnership,SanMateo County officials are turn-ing to tech-savvy professionalswilling to devote a year to comeup with fresh and creative solu-tions. The county isn’t asking forspecific solutions or requestingparticular applications or pro-grams. Instead,three fellowswith Code For America will landin San Mateo County with carteblanche to deliver the goods.Code for America is oftenreferred to as the Peace Corps forgeeks. Founded in 2009,the non-profit embeds developers and
Hungryfor ideas
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By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
It was during their third visit tothe doctor that the Carlsons of Menlo Park got a surprise.The nurse commented on thewell-being of baby A and baby B,explained 32-year-old K.C. Carlson.Thirty-one-year-old AllisonCarlson,who was carrying the twolittle bundles of joy,was also excit-ed. They had expected to welcome ababy in mid-January. Up until their17th week checkup,it seemed likethat’s what would happen. Havingtwins was a fun but scary change inplans.Fifteen minutes later,the couplelearned there may be a problem.Normally,there is a thin membranethat forms to separate the twins.Less than 1 percent of U.S. twinpregnancies are monoamniotic,inwhich both babies share the sameamniotic sac in utero. Sharing spacecan create complications often dueto the umbilical cords becomingentangled. That’s what happened toKate and Annie,who were born viaan emergency cesarean at Lucile
Early Christmas delivery
K.C.and Allison Carlson welcomed twin girls at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Nov.7.
 
Kate and Annie
A weekly look at the people whoshape our community
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President George H.W. Bush,CanadianPrime Minister Brian Mulroney (muhl-ROO’-nee) and Mexican PresidentCarlos Salinas de Gortari (sah-LEE’-nuhs deh gohr-TAHR’-ee) signed theNorth American Free Trade Agreement in separate cere-monies.
FOR THE RECORD2
Monday
Dec.17,2012
THEDAILYJOURNAL
The San Mateo Daily Journal
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Publisher:Jerry LeeEditor in Chief:Jon Mays
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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 MillaJovovich is 37.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1992
“Democracy is not an easy form of government,because it isnever final;it is a living,changingorganism,with a continuous shiftingand adjusting of balance betweenindividual freedom and general order.” 
— Ilka Chase,American author,actress,humorist (1905-1978).
Actor ErnieHudson is 67.Actress VanessaZima is 26.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
Rescuers search for trapped residents at a collapsed residential building in Ningbo,Zhejiang province Sunday.According tomunicipal firefighters,the accident happened in the Jiangdong district of the city of Ningbo around noon,when a six-storyresidential building collapsed.
Monday:
Showers in the morning...Thenscattered showers in the afternoon. Highs inthe upper 50s. West winds 10 to 20 mph...Becoming 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Monday night:
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Northwinds 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday:
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Highs in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 15 to 20mph. Chance of showers 40 percent.
Tuesday night:
Mostly clear. Lows around 40. Northwestwinds 15 to 20 mph.
Wednesday:
Sunny. Highs in the lower 50s.
Wednesday night:
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.
Thursday:
Breezy. Rain likely. Highs in the mid 50s.
Thursday night:
Breezy. Rain likely. Lows in the mid 40s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.2 LuckyStar in first place;No.12 Lucky Charms in secondplace;and No.11 Money Bags in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:43.21.
(Answers tomorrow)FAINTGLADESESAMEVORTEXSaturday’sJumbles:Answer:When he answered questions about all the touchdownsscored against his team, he — GOTDEFENSIVENow 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.
MUBALYANOGTUMEATGEAVOY
©2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
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On this date:In 1777
,France recognized American independence.
In 1830
,South American patriot Simon Bolivar (see-MOHN’boh-LEE’-vahr) died in Colombia.
In 1865
,Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8,the “Unfinished”(because only two of its movements were completed) was per-formed publicly for the first time in Vienna,37 years after thecomposer’s death.
In 1903
,Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton,Ohio,conduct-ed the first successful manned powered-airplane flights nearKitty Hawk,N.C.,using their experimental craft,the WrightFlyer.
In 1939
,the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee wasscuttled by its crew,ending the World War II Battle of the RiverPlate off Uruguay.
In 1944
,the U.S. Army announced it was ending its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.
In 1975
,Lynette Fromme was sentenced in Sacramento,Calif.,to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President GeraldR. Ford. (She was paroled in Aug. 2009.)
In 1979
,in a case that aggravated racial tensions,ArthurMcDuffie,a black insurance executive,was fatally injured afterleading police on a chase with his motorcycle in Miami. (Fourwhite police officers accused of beating McDuffie were lateracquitted,sparking riots.)Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is 82. Rock singer-musician ArtNeville is 75. Actor Bernard Hill is 68. Political commentatorChris Matthews is 67. Comedian-actor Eugene Levy is 66. ActorWes Studi is 65. Actor Joel Brooks is 63. Rock singer PaulRodgers is 63. Actor Bill Pullman is 59. Producer-director-writer Peter Farrelly is 56. Pop singer Sarah Dallin(Bananarama) is 51. Country musician Tim Chewning is 50.Country musician Duane Propes is 46. Actress Laurie Holden is43. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 42. Actress Claire Forlani is 41.Actress Sarah Paulson is 38. Singer Bree Sharp is 37. ActressJennifer Carpenter is 33. Actress Shannon Woodward is 28.
Owner of Rivera planedenies drug connections
PHOENIX — The man who runs thebusiness that owns a luxury jet thatcrashed and killed Latin music star JenniRivera says he has never been involvedin drug trafficking and that the U.S. DrugEnforcement Administration has doggedhim for more than two decades withoutever proving a single narcotics connec-tion.DEA spokeswoman Lisa WebbJohnson has said two planes owned byLas Vegas-based Starwood Managementwere seized by the agency in Texas andArizona this year,but she declined to dis-cuss details of their ongoing investiga-tion. The agency also has subpoenaed allthe company’s records,including anycorrespondence it has had with a formerTijuana mayor long suspected by U.S.law enforcement as having ties to organ-ized crime.Christian Esquino,50,who runs thebusiness and has a long and checkeredlegal past,told The Associated Press onFriday that the DEA has been investigat-ing him since the 1980s around the timehe sold a plane in Florida to a major traf-ficker who later used it as part of a mas-sive smuggling operation.The federal government has alsoclaimed Esquino is involved withTijuana’s notorious Arellano Felix cartel,he said,a charge he vehemently denies.“The DEA has been investigating memy whole life,”Equino told the AP ina telephone interviewfrom Mexico City.“They can investigateme all they want andthey can investigateStarwood all theywant,but they’re notgoing to find any-thing.”“I would have to be the smartest drugtrafficker in the world to be able to stayaway from a drug conviction with theDEA looking at me under a microscopefor 20 years,he added.The 43-year-old California-bornRivera died when the plane she was trav-eling in nose-dived into the ground lastweek. Rivera was an internationallyknown star who sold more than 15 mil-lion records in her career.Esquino said the singer was consider-ing buying the aircraft from Starwood for$250,000 and the flight was offered as atest ride. The 78-year-old pilot and fiveother people were also killed. Esquinosaid the pilot was an experienced airmanwith more than 24,000 hours flight time,and that Rivera had been consideringbuying a plane from Starwood for sometime.“She was a very nice lady and I’m verysad that this happened,”he said. “It’s aterrible accident.”He did not have any information on thecause of the crash.“We’re a legal business that has nowhad a terrible tragedy and we’re basical-ly licking our wounds right now,hesaid.Esquino’s legal woes date back to thelate 1980s,and he says it’s all part of anaimless witch hunt by the U.S. He saidthe government wrongly assumes hemust be involved in drugs just because heis a successful Mexican businessman inthe high-end aviation industry.He was indicted in the early 1990salong with 12 other defendants in amajor federal drug investigation thatclaimed the suspects planned to sellmore than 480 kilograms of cocaine. Heeventually pleaded guilty to conspiringto conceal money from the IRS and wassentenced to five years in prison,with allbut about six months suspended.Cynthia Hawkins,a former assistantU.S. attorney who handled the case,saidit began with the arrest of RobertCastoro,who was at the time consideredone of the most prolific smugglers of marijuana and cocaine into Florida fromdirect ties to Colombian drug cartels.Castoro was convicted in 1988 and sen-tenced to life in prison,but he begancooperating with authorities and had hissentence reduced to 10 years,Hawkinssaid.Esquino said he only pleaded to themoney charge to avoid a much lengthiersentence in the narcotics case. He said hecame under scrutiny because he sold aplane to Castoro for about $220,000 thathe later learned was used to smuggledrugs.
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he first attempt to finance a line fromSan Francisco to San Jose failed dueto a financial depression in 1855.Another attempt was made a few years later,however,and after an initial bond-raising suc-cess by a new company named the SanFrancisco and San Jose Railroad,a contractwas signed Oct. 24,1860,for the actual begin-ning of the railroad.The tracks to San Francisco were laidthrough the well-populated sandy hill area of Colma rather than the more direct and shorterroute to the east of San Bruno Mountain. TheColma route was a longer one to downtownSan Francisco,but the terrain was easier onwhich to lay tracks. The east side was rugged,hilly and steep-cliffed,and the technology toovercome the engineering obstacles was notyet available. Although construction was start-ed early in the 1900s,this eastern route wouldnot be conquered until after the earthquake in1906.In the late 1860s,a lot was happening in theyoung railroad industry. A transcontinentalrail-line was being planned by numerous indi-viduals — men who become known as the“Big Four”— Leland Stanford,CharlesCrocker,Mark Hopkins and CollisHuntington. They beat the competition,formed the Central Pacific Railroad and beganthe construction of it in the 1860s. It was near-ing completion by the end of the 1860s andthese men,wealthy and full of self-confidenceand power,were planning on controlling all of the western railroads they could,regardless of what they had to do to own them. Plans werealready circulating about another southerntranscontinental railroad from SouthernCalifornia to the middle of the continent. Apower struggle resulted from this idea.The San Francisco and San Jose Railroadacquired the Market Street Railroad (whichran trolleys down Market Street to the MissionDistrict) and in the 1860s that combinationwas acquired by members of the CentralPacific Railroad. This combination of rail andtrolley franchises locked up the most lucrativerail business from San Francisco to San Jose.Many other small railroads were acquired bythe “Big Four”by devious methods and slow-ly they gained control over much of theNorthern California rail traffic. In this process,Southern Pacific Railroad was formed.The east side of San Bruno Mountain hadbeen impassable until the San Bruno TollRoad was built in 1859. The S. B. Toll Road(San Bruno Avenue in San Francisco) openedup the eastern section and cut off the time toget to San Francisco from the Peninsula. TheSouthern Pacific Railroad began acquiringproperty east of Bernal Heights and thePotrero area where acres of reclaimed landwas becoming available that the SP needed toexpand its empire. Plans were made by theSouthern Pacific Railroad (which now includ-
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Dec.17,2012
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
Police reports
 Yep,that’s me!
A man attempted to provide officers withfalse identification and was subsequentlyarrested on Hillcrest Avenue and ElCamino Real in Millbrae before 11:21p.m. on Saturday,Dec. 8.
BELMONT
Fraud.
A juvenile attempted to pass counter-feit money on El Camino Real before 3:27p.m. on Tuesday,Dec. 4.
Vandalism.
Two tires were slashed on a vehi-cle on Granada Street before 12:49 p.m. onTuesday,Dec. 4.
Hazard.
A small oil spill occurred in front of a business on Ralston Avenue before 11:42a.m. on Tuesday,Dec. 4.
Found property.
A wallet containing an IDand credit cards was found on Hastings Drivebefore 8:51 a.m. on Tuesday,Dec. 4.
Dispute.
A customer and an employee wereinvolved in a verbal dispute on Alameda de lasPulgas before 11:54 a.m. on Monday,Dec. 3.
Hit and run.
A traffic accident occurred onCipriani Boulevard and Ralston Avenuebefore 10:18 a.m. on Monday,Dec. 3.
Medical emergency.
A person fell from aroof on Old County Road before 2:12 a.m. onMonday,Dec. 3.
FOSTER CITY 
Fraud.
Someone reported their credit cardwas used to make $9,000 of fraudulentcharges on Shell Boulevard before 11:21 p.m.on Monday,Dec. 10.
Theft.
A woman reported movers stole prop-erty from her residence on Friday,Dec. 7 val-ued at over $1,000 on Pitcairn Drive before5:04 p.m. on Monday,Dec. 10.
Southern Pacific Railroad
 
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TOM GRAY COLLECTION
Activity at SP’s Third and Townsend streets terminal was hectic at arrival time.
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