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Published by: San Mateo Daily Journal on Dec 19, 2012
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Vol XII,Edition 106
Family Owned & Operated 
 Established: 1949
By Heather Murtagh
As demand for Spanish immersion programexpands in Redwood City,school district offi-cials are considering a grade configurationshakeup by sending Adelante sixth graders toKennedy Middle School.Enrollment at Adelante Spanish ImmersionElementary School has grown in the pastthree years to be close to 600,over the 540student capacity limit for the facility. Sincethe school is one of choice,most students aredriven,which increases neighborhood traffic.Neighbors have complained the traffic wouldprevent emergency vehicles from accessingthe area if needed. As a result,the district isconsidering relocating Adelante’s sixth gradestudents onto Kennedy Middle School.“We just have too many students on theAdelante campus,said board PresidentShelly Masur,who added it’s a safety issue.The campus was at 472 students during the2007-08 school year and currently houses567,according to a staff report. Budget cutsleading to increased class sizes is the primaryreason for the increase. More students has ledto more cars on the neighborhood roads.Redwood City agreed to install speed bumpson Mitchell Way to slow traffic,according tothe staff report.To reduce students at the school,the super-intendent and two trustees worked with staff and parents to come up with two possible
Schools contend with Spanish immersion need
Redwood City school district officials may shiftgrade configurations
Private school to build new highschool campus at Bay Meadows
By Bill Silverfarb
Calling it a “flawed”process,the SanMateo Planning Commission votedunanimously last night that the newlyopened 7-Eleven in a predominately res-idential neighborhood is not legal.A determination was made by citystaff in March,that based on the long-term use of the site as a market — morethan 70 years — and the fact that the usewas not abandoned,the store on the siteis considered a legal non-conforminguse.But the Planning Commission thoughtotherwise and determined that since themarket use at the former Stangelini’sItalian Deli & Hilltop Market at 501 N.San Mateo Drive was discontinued formore than six months that it must nowrevert back to residential.The City Council will next take upPlanning Commission’s recommenda-tions at its Jan. 14 meeting.If the council follows the PlanningCommission’s recommendations,the 7-Eleven will have to close almost imme-diately,however,litigation has beenthreatened.It was a testy public hearing as somecity officials and others involved withthe property,including Councilman Jack Matthews,were subpoenaed to testify atlast night’s meeting.City Planner Lisa Ring,also subpoe-naed,was heckled by attendees of lastnight’s meeting for some of the testimo-ny she gave,including the fact that anopinion sent in an email from an interimcity attorney was all that was needed forthe market use to continue on the site.Ring also said she had no idea thatprevious determinations by city staff hadconcluded the land be reverted back toresidential after the deli closed morethan two years ago.Those subpoenaed,including CityPlanner Stephen Scott,were even askedwhether they essentially were offeredfavors,money or gifts to allow the 7-Eleven to occupy the site.
7-Eleven ‘notlegal
Planning Commission says land zoned residential,issue heads to council
Nueva School topartner with CSM
Hillsborough’s Nueva School is accepting its first freshmanclass that will be hosted temporarily on the College of SanMateo campus while it prepares to build a new high school atBay Meadows.The school’s inaugural class will begin the fall of 2013. Theschool just received Planning Commission approval to build anew high school at the former site of the Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo Dec. 11.The freshman class,however,will begin its studies at tem-porary facilities at CSM adjacent to the College Center and
Encouraging othersto make adifference’
Youth group seekingto empowerthrough informationalcampaign
By Heather Murtagh
What started with a conference to combat bullying and sup-port lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender youth in a positivematter has turned into a local nonprofit debuting its first pub-lic service announcement online today.The Bay Area Youth Summit,which goes by BAYS,is offi-
Rendering of Nueva High School at former Bay Meadows site.
San Mateo Councilman Jack Matthews was sworn-in before he testified to the Planning Commission last night on his rolewith a recently opened 7-Eleven.
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Actor JakeGyllenhaal is 32.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific,winding up the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
“Serious-minded people have few ideas.People with ideas are never serious.” 
— Paul Valery,French poet and critic (1871-1945)
Magician CrissAngel is 45.Rapper LadySovereign is 27.
 The San DiegoZoo’s panda cub,Xiao Liwu,waseager to play with aplastic ball duringhis exam in SanDiego.
:Sunny in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Highs in the lower 50s. Northeastwinds 5 to 10 mph...Becoming south in theafternoon.
Wednesday night:
A chance of rain in theevening...Then rain after midnight. Lows inthe mid 40s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
:Breezy...Rain. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds20 to 30 mph.
Thursday night:
Breezy...Rain. Lows in the lower 50s. Southwinds 20 to 30 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph in the evening.
:Rain. Highs in the upper 50s.Friday night and saturday...Breezy...Rain. Lows in the upper40s. Highs in the mid 50s.
Saturday night
:Showers. Lows in the mid 40s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Winning Spirit,No.9,in first place;Hot Shot,No.3,in secondplace;and Eureka,No.7,in third place.The racetime wa clocked at 1:49.90.
(Answers tomorrow)CHESS ALLOW VIOLETWALNUTYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:After attempting to win for years, he finishedfirst — ATLASTNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
©2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
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In 1777
,Gen. George Washington led his army of about11,000 men to Valley Forge,Pa.,to camp for the winter.
In 1813,
British forces captured Fort Niagara during the War of 1812.
In 1843
,A Christmas Carol,by Charles Dickens,was firstpublished in England.
In 1910
,the artificial fiber rayon was first commercially pro-duced by the American Viscose Co. of Marcus Hook,Pa.
In 1932
,the British Broadcasting Corp. began transmittingoverseas with its Empire Service to Australia.
In 1946
,war broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho ChiMinh launched widespread attacks against the French.
In 1950
,Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commanderof the military forces of the North Atlantic TreatyOrganization.
In 1961,
former U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.,73,suffered a debilitating stroke while in Palm Beach,Fla.
In 1971,
“A Clockwork Orange,Stanley Kubrick’s controver-sial movie adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel,had itsworld premiere in the U.S.
In 1984,
a fire at the Wilberg Mine near Orangeville,Utah,killed 27 people. Britain and China signed an accord returningHong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1,1997.
In 1986,
Lawrence E. Walsh was appointed independent coun-sel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1998,
President Bill Clinton was impeached by theRepublican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of  justice (he was later acquitted by the Senate).
Ten years ago:
Secretary of State Colin Powell declared Iraqin “material breach”of a U.N. disarmament resolution. After aprosecutor cited new DNA evidence,a judge in New York threw out the convictions of five young men from Harlem in a1989 attack on a Central Park jogger who’d been raped and leftfor dead.Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 92. Actress CicelyTyson is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Maurice White(Earth,Wind and Fire) is 71. South Korean President LeeMyung-bak is 71. Actress Elaine Joyce is 69. Actor Tim Reid is68. Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey is 68. Rock singer AlvinLee (Ten Years After) is 68. Musician John McEuen is 67. SingerJanie Fricke is 65. Jazz musician Lenny White is 63. Actor MikeLookinland is 52. Actress Jennifer Beals is 49. Actor Scott Cohenis 48. Actor Robert MacNaughton is 46. Rock musician KlausEichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) is 45. Rock musician Kevin Shepard is44. Actress Kristy Swanson is 43. Model Tyson Beckford is 42.The weight of the average mall Santa is218 pounds.***The original purpose of tree skirts placedunder the Christmas tree was to keep can-dle wax from dripping on the floor.***The last state to declare Christmas anofficial holiday was Oklahoma in 1907.The first state that declared it a legal hol-iday was Alabama in 1836.***Dec. 26 is National Candy Cane Day.Dec. 12 is National Poinsettia Day.***The longest homemade candy cane wasmade in 2001 by a candy store owner inMichigan. The candy cane was 58 feetlong and 2 1/4-inch wide.***When Robert May (1905-1976) created aChristmas poem for Montgomery Wardin 1939,he wrote about a red-nosed rein-deer named Rollo. Company executivesdid not like the name,nor did they likeMay’s other name idea:Reginald.Finally,the reindeer was named Rudolph.***On average,each American householdmails 28 Christmas cards per year.***Do you know in which movie the song“White Christmas”made its debut? Doyou know who wrote the song,and whosang it in the movie? See answer at end.***The 1955 hit song “Nuttin’ForChristmas”was recorded by 6-year-oldBarry Gordon (born 1948). In the song,the boy is not expecting any gifts fromSanta because of all the bad things he did,such as; he broke his bat on Johnny’shead and hid a frog in his sister’s bed.***When kissing under the mistletoe,correctetiquette is for the man to remove oneberry when he kisses a woman. When theberries are gone,there’s no more kissingunderneath that mistletoe.***In an effort to boost sales in the wintermonths,Coca-Cola created an ad cam-paign in which Santa was a Coke drinker.The jolly red-coat wearing Coca-ColaSanta made its first appearance in an ad inThe Saturday Evening Post in 1931.Through 1964,Santa was shown playingwith toys,raiding the refrigerator andreading a list of good boys and girls,allwhile enjoying a refreshing Coca-Cola.***In the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”(1947) George Bailey’s Uncle Billy goesto the bank to deposit $8,000 but he losesthe money.***Fairies,mushrooms and fish dance to themusic of the “Nutcracker Suitein theDisney movie “Fantasia”(1940).***The first complete performance of theNutcracker ballet in America was in SanFrancisco in 1944,performed by the SanFrancisco Ballet.***The tree used as the Rockefeller CenterChristmas Tree in New York is alwaysrecycled. Typically about 65 feet tall and35 feet wide,the tree becomes 3 tons of mulch that is donated to the Boy Scouts.The tree’s trunk is donated to the U.S.Equestrian team in New Jersey to use asan obstacle jump.***Mel Torme (1925-1999) wrote “TheChristmas Song”(also known as“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) in1944. It only took him 45 minutes towrite the song. It was on a hot summerday,and he was thinking cool thoughts.The song was first recorded by Nat KingCole (1919-1965) in 1946.***Some famous people with birthdays onDec. 25 include “Twlight Zone(1959-1964) host Rod Serling (1924-1975),Robert Ripley (1890-1949) of Ripley’sBelieve It or Not and the founder of theAmerican Red Cross Clara Barton (1821-1912).***Santa’s ZIP code is 99705,according tothe town of North Pole,Ala. Each year,the town’s post office receives thousandsof letters from people who want thetown’s postmark on their Christmascards.***
:The movie was “Holiday Inn”(1942) starring Bing Crosby (1903-1977)and Fred Astaire (1899-1987). Irving Berlin (1888-1989) wrote the song“White Christmas”and Crosby sang it inthe movie. Bing Crosby’s recording of thesong has sold more than 100 millioncopies around the world. When Berlin presented the Oscar for Best Song at the1943 Academy Awards,he read his ownname as the winner. He became the first artist to present himself with an Oscar. Bing Crosby went on to star in the movie“White Christmasin 1954.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments?Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.comorcall 344-5200 ext. 114.
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. Items were stolen from the garageof a home on the 3300 block of Kimberly Waybefore 6:12 p.m. on Thursday,Dec. 13.
. A person was caught on camera steal-ing from the first block of Hillsdale Boulevardbefore 12:02 p.m. on Thursday,Dec. 13.
Suspicious person.
A man was seen knockingover garbage cans on the 1000 block of Annapolis Drive before 9:24 a.m. onThursday,Dec. 13.
. A man was attacked by his roommateon the 700 block of East Fourth Avenue before8:46 p.m. on Wednesday,Dec. 12.
. Three women stole items from a storeat the Hillsdale Shopping Center before 4:32p.m. on Wednesday,Dec. 12.
. A home was broken into and ran-sacked on the 2800 block of Tiburon Waybefore 4:46 p.m. on Sunday,Dec. 16.
Recovered property
. A stolen vehicle wasrecovered in a residential area but the ownerreported his shotgun was missing from thetrunk on the 1000 block of Cortez Avenuebefore 3:22 p.m. on Sunday,Dec. 16.
. A suitcase was stolen from a vehi-cle parked at a hotel parking lot on the 700block of Airport Boulevard before 9:50 a.m.on Sunday,Dec. 16.
Police reports
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A man received threatening text messagesfrom a person he met online on MapleStreet in Redwood City before 9:04 p.m.on Sunday,Dec. 16.
By Michelle Durand
A former assistant nurse manager at KaiserPermanente Medical Center claims she wasfired from the South San Francisco hospitalafter blowing the whistle on unsafe patient care.Helen Raquipiso is suing Kaiser FoundationHospitals Inc. for retaliation and wrongful ter-mination,according to the suit filed in SanMateo County Superior Court on Monday.The suit claims that,in return for complainingabout patient care and working conditions,shewas given a negative performance review andwritten warnings,placed on a performanceimprovement plan and finally fired.Frank Beirne,senior vice president andarea manager,Kaiser Permanente SanMateo Area,said he could not comment onspecifics of personnel matters or pendinglitigation but that the organization is recog-nized for its provision of quality healthcare.“We are vigilant about patient safety,and weencourage employees to bring patient safetyissues to our attention. We strictly prohibit retal-iation of any kind against individuals for report-ing any complaint,”Beirnesaid in a preparedstatement.Raquipiso,a five-year employee,saidbetween mid-2009 and December 2010 shecomplained of incidents including an Aug. 11,2009 dispensing error involving “high alertmedicationand a Jan. 19,2010 complaint thata stroke patient had been improperly transferredto her unit which was not equipped to providethat type of care. In September 2010,Raquipisocomplained that certain patients could not beadmitted because doing so violated the five-to-one ratio of patients to nurses,the suit claims.Raquipiso’s 2009 performance evaluationwas scheduled the day of the complaint aboutthe stroke patient and she was not given writtencopy of it until April,the suit states. At thatmeeting,she was given a notice of final warningand placed on a performance improvement planthat September. On Dec. 17,2010,Raquipisowas terminated for “failure to meet the requiredperformance improvement expectations.A case management conference is scheduledfor May. Raquipiso’s attorney did not return acall.The suit was filed the same week nurses at 21Kaiser Permanente hospitals,including two inSan Mateo County,planned an informationalpicket over what they say is “persistently inade-quate”staffing in emergency care which leads topatients being turned away. The afternoon pick-et planned for today includes the South SanFrancisco and Redwood City medical centers.Beirne saidthe claims have little to do withfacts and are a disservice to the outstandingwork of its staff,doctors and nurses.
Care home worker jailedfor stealing from residents
An 18-year-old food service worker whostole more than $400 worth of jewelry from aresident at a Redwood City assisted livinghome and was accused of several other theftswas sentenced yesterday to nine months in jailand ordered to repay several victims.Luis Hermelindo Cebrero,of unincorporat-ed San Mateo County,pleaded no contest tofelony residential burglary and a misdemeanorcount of theft from an elder person in returnfor a promise of no morethan a year in jail. OnTuesday,he received alesser amount with creditof 144 days earned whilein custody on $100,000bail and ordered to repaymore than $2,000.Cebrero had worked atthe Woodside TerraceSenior Living Complexfor six months,duringwhich time prosecutors say he had admittedcommitting at least six previously unsolvedthefts. On Oct. 8,another employee reportedfinding approximately $425 worth of jewelryhidden in a food tray Cebrero had removedfrom a room.Police reported finding several items of jew-elry stolen from other facility residents insideCebrero’s apartment and he allegedly admit-ted taking the goods and committing five otherthefts prior to his 18th birthday in September.
Nurse claims Kaiser firedher for reporting poor care
Luis Cebrero
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