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Published by: San Mateo Daily Journal on Dec 27, 2012
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Vol XII,Edition 113
By Heather Murtagh
Without being on probation,a South SanFrancisco man claims police detained him inhis home while performing a probation searchthat led to an arrest and five-day stint in jaillast year,according to a lawsuit filed Monday.Sean Joseph Penna is suing South SanFrancisco,San Mateo County,San MateoSheriff’s Office,San Mateo Gang Task Force,Sheriff Greg Munks,San Mateo AdultProbation Department,Chief Stuart Forrest,Officer Jason Pfarr,Officer Joshua Cabilloand South San Francisco Police Chief MikeMassoni in relation to a probation search of his South San Francisco home November2011 that resulted in his arrest. The problem,according to Penna,is he was not on proba-tion. He’s alleging violations of his civilrights,constitutional and statutory rights,neg-ligence,false arrest/imprisonment,battery,conversion,intentional and negligent inflic-tion of emotional distress,trespassing,inva-sion of privacy and defamation,according tothe 19-page lawsuit filed Monday.County Counsel John Beiers said the coun-ty had yet to be served and has not been ableto review the allegations. A request for com-ment from the South San Francisco city attor-ney was not returned.On Nov. 17,2011,officers Pfarr and Cabillowent to Penna’s house on Park Way in SouthSan Francisco to perform a probation search,according to the lawsuit. Penna,who was noton probation,told officers he was not subjectto such a search. Officers demanded entry intothe home which Penna allowed. Penna was
Probation search leads to lawsuit
South City,county sued over alleged trespassing,invasion of privacy and defamation
By Heather Murtagh
Technology often results in opportuni-ties for schools to work more closelywith parents but can also create a chal-lenge.Locally,many schools provide parentsthe chance to follow their child’sprogress through an online service.Parents can log on and see grades,progress through the year and even miss-ing assignments. However,in lowersocioeconomic areas,parents who donot have access to the Internet or thebasic skills for using it aren’t always inthe loop. The online tools aren’t beingaccessed. To help improve parentalinvolvement,One Million New InternetUsers,which goes by One Million NIU,offers classes to parents to learn aboutonline resources to support their chil-dren and also for personal job trainingopportunities. Recently,the SouthernCalifornia-based organization held itsfirst graduation at Sequoia High Schoolin Redwood City.One Million NIU CEO Larry Ortegaexplained the goal is to improve gradua-tion rates. By giving parents technologytools to be involved in their student’slife,the parents can help guide their sonor daughter toward graduating and col-lege,he said.Through the 40-hour training over sixweeks,the goal is to provide a bridge forparents to give them tools they need in aculturally-comfortable environment,said Ortega.In the most recent Redwood City classof 13,for example,one parent realizedtheir child had not done assignmentsthey had claimed to have finished.“The program has been a great oppor-tunity; it has empowered parents to bet-ter help their kids be successful in
Crossing digital divide
Group partners with schools to give parents technology training
Parents learn about technology through classes recently held at Sequoia High School in Redwood City.
Former officertakes deal forembezzlement
By Michelle Durand
The former Half Moon Bay police officer accused of steal-ing $5,700 from the Police Officers Association accepted aplea deal yesterday that will land him 90days in jail for felony embezzlement.The settlement means Askia MohammedJohnson,40,will not stand trial forallegedly making 36 separate withdrawalsfrom the POA account between 2008 and2010 while serving as its head. Instead,Johnson will receive the three-month termwhen formally sentenced Feb. 6.“It’s a pretty good deal for Mr. Johnson,”said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.“For the amount he took this is the range of time he wouldreceive. Of course,there is always the philosophical questionof whether a police officer should be held to a little bit higherstandard.”Johnson,who previous pleaded not guilty to all charges,has
State may lose ’No ChildLeft Behind’waiver bid
By Christina Hoag
LOS ANGELES — Federal educationofficials are poised to reject California’sself-styled bid to avoid the strict require-ments of the No Child Left Behind law,which could lead to radical reforms at hun-dreds of low-income schools.State Superintendent of PublicInstruction Tom Torlakson said U.S.Department of Education officialsinformed him last week that they were pre-
Askia JohnsonTom Torlakson
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Actor Masi Oka is38.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
New York City’s Radio City Music Hallopened to the public in midtownManhattan. (Opening night,consistingof several hours of live acts,was con-sidered a disaster,prompting the own-ers to shift to a format of showing amovie followed by a stage show.)
“I’m not young enough to know everything.” 
— Sir James Matthew Barrie,Scottish dramatist-author (1860-1937)
Actor GerardDepardieu is 64.Rock singer HayleyWilliams is 24.
In other news ...Birthdays
Police officers and rescue team members carry survivors from a bus which plunged 985 feet into a ravine,killing 13 peopleand injuring 30 according to local authorities,in Pillaro-Ambato,Ecuador.
:Partly cloudy. Highs in thelower 50s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
Thursday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Partly cloudy in the morning thenbecoming mostly cloudy. A chance of rain.Highs in the lower 50s. East winds 5 to 10mph in the morning...Becoming light.Chance of rain 30 percent.
Local Weather Forecast
The story “South San Francisco to discuss its council vacan-cy in January,”in the Dec. 24 edition of the Daily Journal hadincorrect information. The council will take up discussion of how to fill the vacancy Monday,Dec. 31.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Soild Gold,No.10,in first place;California Classic,No.5,in secondplace;and Big Ben,No.4,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:43.53.
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In 1512
,King Ferdinand II issued the original Laws of Burgos,which were intended to regulate the treatment of indigenouspeople on Hispaniola by Spanish settlers.
In 1822
,scientist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole,France.
In 1831,
naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
In 1904,
James Barrie’s play “Peter Pan:The Boy WhoWouldn’t Grow Up”opened at the Duke of York’s Theater inLondon.
In 1927
,the musical play “Show Boat,”with music by JeromeKern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II,opened at theZiegfeld Theater in New York.
In 1945
,28 nations signed an agreement creating the WorldBank.
In 1947,
the original version of the puppet character HowdyDoody made its TV debut on NBC’s “Puppet Playhouse.”
In 1949,
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands signed an act rec-ognizing Indonesia’s sovereignty after more than three cen-turies of Dutch rule.
In 1968,
Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe,night-time splashdown in the Pacific.
In 1970,
the musical play “Hello,Dolly!”closed on Broadwayafter a run of 2,844 performances.
In 1979
,Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. PresidentHafizullah Amin,who was overthrown and executed,wasreplaced by Babrak Karmal.
In 1985
,Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome andVienna airports; 19 victims were killed,plus four attackers whowere slain by police and security personnel.Rockabilly musician Scotty Moore is 81. Actor John Amos is73. Actress Charmian Carr (Film:“The Sound of Music”) is 70.ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 69. Rock musicianMick Jones (Foreigner) is 68. Singer Tracy Nelson is 68. Jazzsinger-musician T.S. Monk is 63. Singer-songwriter KarlaBonoff is 61. Actress Tovah Feldshuh is 60. Rock musicianDavid Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 60. Journalist-turned-politicianArthur Kent is 59. Actress Maryam D’Abo is 52. Country musi-cian Jeff Bryant is 50. Actor Ian Gomez is 48. Actress TheresaRandle is 48. Actress Eva LaRue is 46. Former professionalwrestler and actor Bill Goldberg is 46.
Soda shop rebukedfor stocking candy smokes
ST. PAUL,Minn. — Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul,Minn.,arebeing warned to kick the habit and stopstocking novelty candy cigarettes.City inspectors threatened a misde-meanor citation and $500 fine if Lynden’ssoda fountain is caught selling the fakesmokes again. The Star Tribune reportedWednesday that the offering violated anordinance barring the sale of candysmokes and cartoon character lighters.A city spokesman says the warningcame after inspectors received and lookedinto a complaint about the presence of thetobacco-themed products. The ordinancewas enacted to discourage youngstersfrom picking up a real smoking habit.Shop owner Tobi Lynden says thewhite candy sticks with the red tips wereher best-selling candy item but she pulledthem to avoid running afoul of the ordi-nance.
Ben Affleck won’trun for U.S.Senate
BOSTON — Ben Affleck is taking hisname off the list of possible candidatesfor U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat,whichwould be open if the Democratic senatorfrom Massachusetts is confirmed as sec-retary of state.Affleck says in a Monday posting onhis Facebook page that while he loves thepolitical process,he will not be runningfor public office.Speculation about the Cambridge,Mass.,native rose slightly when he didnot completely rule out a Senate bid dur-ing an appearance on CBS’Face TheNation on Sunday.In his Facebook posting,Affleck sayshe would continue working with theEastern Congo Initiative,a nonprofitorganization that helps direct humanitari-an aid to the war-torn region,and forother causes.Affleck says Kerry would make a greatsecretary of state.
Patrick Dempsey brewsup coffee shop purchase
LOS ANGELES — Patrick Dempseysays he wants to rescue a coffee housechain and more than 500 jobs.The “Grey’s Anatomy”star saidWednesday he’s leading a group attempt-ing to buy Tully’s Coffee. The Seattle-based company filed for Chapter 11bankruptcy protection in October.Dempsey said he’s excited about thechance to help hundreds of workers andgive back to Seattle.The actor has a strong TV tie to thecity:He plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on“Grey’s Anatomy,the ABC drama set atfictional Seattle Grace Hospital.Tully’s has 47 company-run stores inWashington and California,as well asfive franchised stores and 58 licensedlocations in the U.S.Any sale would have to be approved bya judge. A bankruptcy court hearing is setfor Jan. 11 in Seattle.
From a Manila slumemerges an unlikely ballerina
MANILA,Philippines — The ghettocalled Aroma reeks of putrefying trashcollected by its residents for recycling.Half-naked children with grimy facesplay on muddy dirt roads lined by crum-bling shanties of tarpaulin walls,crackedtin roofs and communal toilets.From this Manila slum of garbage col-lectors emerged an unlikely Cinderella:ballerina Jessa Balote who at the age of 10 was plucked out of her grubby life bya ballet school to prepare her for a life onstage.In four years since her audition in2008,Jessa has performed in various pro-ductions,including Swan Lake,Pinocchio,Don Quixote and a local ver-sion of Cinderella. She rode a plane forthe first time in August to compete in the2012 Asian Grand Prix ballet competitionfor students and young dancers in HongKong,where she was a finalist.The 14-year-old Jessa’s unlikely suc-cess is as much a celebration of a uniqueeffort by the Philippines’most famousprima ballerina,Lisa Macuja,to helpslum kids of Manila by providing them ascholarship and classical ballet trainingfor six to seven years.
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. An ’89 gold BMW convertible’swindow was smashed in on the 2000 block of Crystal Springs Road before 6:24 a.m. onMonday,Dec. 17.
. A gray Acura TSX was reportedlystolen from the 3300 block of College Drivebefore 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday,Dec. 12.
. Someone reported money missing froma safe after seeing their co-worker in it on the1100 block of El Camino Real before 9:09p.m. on Wednesday,Dec. 12.
A silver Honda Accord wasreportedly hit in the parking lot on the 3300block of College Drive before 2:21 p.m. onWednesday,Dec. 12.
. A woman was arrested for driving underthe influence on Main Street before 11:01 p.m.on Wednesday,Dec. 19.
Public intoxication.
A man was arrested andtransported to the San Mateo County Jail afterbeing found too intoxicated to care for himself on Pillar Point Harbor before 3:16 a.m. onWednesday,Dec. 19.
Police reports
Because he was board
A man hit another man in the head with awooden board on Middlefield Road inRedwood City before 5:39 p.m. onThursday,Dec. 20.
“M”is for Mystery bookstore founderEdmund M. Kaufman died Dec. 20 from com-plications of kidney disease at the VeteransAdministration Hospital in Palo Alto.Kaufman,a partner emeritus at the law firmIrell & Manella in Los Angeles,founded thenationally-known mystery bookstore in SanMateo in 1996.Starting in 2000,he worked in the store fulltime,becoming an impresario of author-sign-ing events which annually numbered nearly200.The bookstore grew in size and prominenceto become an important stop for major mysteryauthors as well as many other literary writerson book-signing tours. Kaufman was also anenthusiastic supporter of debut authors. Thestore developed a loyal clientele of collectorsof signed first editions nationwide and abroadthrough its online newsletter. In December,2011,Ed retired and the store closed. In April,2012,the Mystery Writers of Americabestowed on him the 2012 Raven Award foroutstanding achievement in the mystery fieldoutside the realm of creative writing.He often said that his many years of six- andseven-day weeks as a lawyer prepared him forthe rigors of independentbookselling.Kaufman was born inCleveland,Ohio,in 1930.His mother died at child-birth and he was raised byhis grandparents,whowere grocers,and an aunt.After graduating fromShaker Heights HighSchool in Cleveland,hemoved to Los Angeleswhere he worked as a sales representative fora textile firm.He was then drafted into the U.S. Army dur-ing the Korean War and,ironically,was sta-tioned back in Cleveland as a plainclothesCounter Intelligence Corps officer.After the Army,he attended the Universityof California at Los Angeles on the G.I. bill,graduating with honors in 1956. He wasawarded scholarships to attend Columbia LawSchool,where he was named a Kent scholarand served as an editor of the Law Review.He was offered a U.S. Supreme Court clerk-ship by Justice Potter Stewart. But at age 29— married,with a young family — he insteadwent west and joined Irell & Manella,then aneight-person taxation firm in Beverly Hills.He practiced with that firm for 41 years,mostof the time as the senior member of its corpo-rate group. He was for many years a national-ly prominent attorney in the area of mergersand acquisitions and corporate finance,andwas a regular speaker at many legal institutes.In the mid-1980s,he opened the firm’s down-town Los Angeles office,which he headeduntil his retirement in 2000.Kaufman was an avid collector of art andfor several years in the late 1970s owned anart gallery,The Image and the Myth,inBeverly Hills,which specialized in surrealistworks of art.In 1980,he was among the original group of Founders of the Museum of ContemporaryArt Los Angeles. His other passion was opera,and in the early 1980s,he became president of a small,short-lived opera company,the LosAngeles Opera Theater. He subsequently joined the board of directors of the then-newly-formed Los Angeles Opera,servingactively for many years,and was named a lifetrustee.He is survived by his wife,Jeannie,whomhe married in 1978; adult children Idette,Paul,Deborah,Abram,and Nick; seven grandchil-dren; and a brother,Lance. His first marriage,to Audrey Ball,ended in divorce.
Mystery bookstore owner,Edmund Kaufman, dies at 82

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