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02/14/2013

 
www.smdailyjournal.comFriday
Dec.28,2012
Vol XII,Edition 114
STORMIN’NORMAN
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By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Another year,another batch of new laws.As the state prepares to ring in2013 with the rest of the world,California residents should be get-ting ready for new legislation thatsignificantly changes juvenile sen-tencing laws,protects students and job seekers from sharing privatepasswords andtries expandingthe transparencyof government.Thanks to theefforts of SanMateo Countylegislators,dupli-cate contractingservices havebeen eliminated,transit districts can enforce parkingrules,motorists are better equipped tochallenge red light camera tickets andwomen will be informed if they havedense breast tissue.All of the new laws are based onlegislation passed in 2011 and signedby Gov. Jerry Brown by the end of September. Unless otherwise speci-fied,each become effective Jan. 1.For Jerry Hill and Joe Simitian,the
New year brings new laws
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
In the remote reaches of FosterCity,a new coffee shop has openedthat serves much more than just caf-feinated beverages — it also servesas a place of inspiration for thosewho want to bring peace and har-mony to the world.Owned by Aileen Glasgow,theSee U Cafe at Beach Park Plaza hasbecome a regular meeting place forthe nonprofit Silicon Valley WomenFederation. The federation is com-prised of nearly 2,000 Bay Areawomen,mostly Chinese,who wantto give back to the community bothlocally and across the globe.About 30 of the women metWednesday night to discuss whatcharitable events they next want tosupport and how to best promoteChinese culture.They also had a lively time as thecafe stays open late with karaokeand serves beer and wine.Glasgow opened the See U Cafeabout three months ago,with helpfrom husband,Eric,after her manyfemale friends bemoaned the lack of 
Coffee and much more
Obama invitescongressionalleaders to talks
Deadlinelooming
By David Espo
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — A deadlinelooming,President Barack Obamawill meet with congressional leadersat the White House on Friday insearch of a compromise to avoid ayear-end “fiscal cliff”of across-the-board tax increases and deep spend-ing cuts.The devel-opmentcapped a dayof growingurgency inwhich Obamareturned earlyfrom aHawaiianvacation whilelawmakerssnarled across a partisan divide overresponsibility for gridlock on keypocketbook issues. Speaker JohnBoehner called the House back intosession for a highly unusual Sundayevening session.Adding to the woes confrontingthe middle class was a pending spikeof $2 per gallon or more in milk prices if lawmakers failed to passfarm legislation by year’s end.Four days before the deadline,theWhite House disputed reports thatObama was sending lawmakers ascaled-down plan to avoid the fiscalcliff of tax increases and spending
BILL SILVERFARB/DAILY JOURNAL
Aileen Glasgow opened the See U Cafe in Foster City that has become a regular meeting place for several groups,including the nonprofit Silicon Valley Women Federation.Ron and Jeanne Berg leave the San Mateo Planning Commission last week after speaking about rent increases for those who live on a fixed income.
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Measures on gay rights and childsafety are among the top state lawstaking effect at the start of 2013,along with attempts to preventidentity theft and perennial effortsto restrict abortion and illegalimmigration.In many states,new laws takeeffect on Jan. 1,while in others
New regulations addressinggays,children,immigration
Local legislators see their year’s work go into action
 Jerry Hill
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DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Ron and Jeanne Berg have seentheir rent climb 99 percent at theHillsdale Garden Apartments since2006 after a corporate buyer boughtthe 697-unit complex from theMcCarthy family,who owned theproperty for 50 years.They currently pay $1,791 amonth for their two-bedroom apart-ment,one they have leased fordecades,but only bring in about$1,555 a month in government sub-sidies.In 2006,the couple paid just $900a month for the same unit but expectwhen their current lease expires atthe end of January,the rent will gopast the $2,000 mark,far beyond thecouple’s reach.
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FOR THE RECORD2
Friday
Dec.28,2012
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.
Actor DenzelWashington is 58.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1912
San Francisco’s Municipal Railwaybegan operations with Mayor JamesRolph Jr. at the controls of Streetcar No.1 as 50,000 spectators looked on.
“If you don’t know history,then you don’t know anything.You are aleaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” 
— Michael Crichton,American author (1942-2008)
Comic creatorStan Lee is 90.Comedian SethMeyers is 39.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
A man sand skis in the desert near Tabuk,932 miles from Riyadh,Saudi Arabia.
Friday
:Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain.Highs in the lower 50s. South winds around5 mph.
Friday night
:Rain likely. Lows around 40.South winds 5 to 15 mph...Becoming south-west 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
Saturday
:Mostly cloudy. A chance of rainin the morning...Then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. Northwest winds5 to 15 mph...Becoming northeast 10 to 15 mph in the after-noon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday night
:Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday
:Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.
Sunday night
:Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s.
Monday and Monday night:
Partly cloudy.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.07 Eurekain first place;No.04 Big Ben in second place;andNo.02 Lucky Star in third place.The race timewas clocked at 1:40.43.
(Answers tomorrow)IRONYBRING LESSON WINERYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:His job at the mine was and wasn’t —BORINGNow 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.
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In 1612,
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei observed the plan-et Neptune,but mistook it for a star. (Neptune wasn’t official-ly discovered until 1846 by Johann Gottfried Galle.)
In 1832
,John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of theUnited States to resign,stepping down because of differenceswith President Andrew Jackson.
In 1846,
Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to theUnion.
In 1856,
the 28th president of the United States,ThomasWoodrow Wilson,was born in Staunton,Va.
In 1897,
the play “Cyrano de Bergerac,”by Edmond Rostand,premiered in Paris.
In 1917,
the New York Evening Mail published “A NeglectedAnniversary,”a facetious,as well as fictitious,essay by H.L.Mencken recounting the history of bathtubs in America.
In 1937
,composer Maurice Ravel died in Paris at age 62.
In 1945
,Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.
In 1961
,the Tennessee Williams play “Night of the Iguana”opened on Broadway. Former first lady Edith Bolling GaltWilson,the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson,died inWashington at age 89.
In 1972,
Kim Il Sung,the premier of North Korea,was namedthe country’s president under a new constitution.
In 1982,
Nevell Johnson Jr.,a black man,was mortally wound-ed by a police officer in a Miami video arcade,setting off threedays of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.
In 1987
,a mass killing came to light as the bodies of 14 rela-tives of Ronald Gene Simmons were found at his home nearDover,Ark.,after Simmons shot and killed two other people inRussellville. (Simmons was executed in 1990.)Former United Auto Workers union president Owen Bieber is83. Actor Martin Milner is 81. Actress Nichelle Nichols is 80.Actress Dame Maggie Smith is 78. Rock singer-musicianCharles Neville is 74. Sen. Johnny Isakson,R-Ga.,is 68. Sen.Tim Johnson,D-S.D.,is 66. Rock singer-musician Edgar Winteris 66. Country singer Joe Diffie is 54. Country musician MikeMcGuire (Shenandoah) is 54. Actor Chad McQueen is 52.Country singer-musician Marty Roe (Diamond Rio) is 52. ActorMalcolm Gets is 48. Actor Mauricio Mendoza is 43. ActorBrendan Hines is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer John Legend is34. Actress Sienna Miller is 31. Actor Thomas Dekker is 25.
Man gets DUI after drivingon AA co-founder’s lawn
DORSET,Vt. — Vermont State Policesay a man faces a drunken driving chargeafter driving onto the lawn of a historichome once owned by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.Police say 55-year-old Donald BloodIII of Marlborough,Mass.,was orderedto appear in court in Bennington on Jan.14.Police say Blood thought he was driv-ing into a parking lot,but actually it wasthe lawn of the Wilson House,built in1852 in Dorset,the birthplace of AA co-founder Bill Wilson.The Wilson House’s website describesit as a “place of sanctuary where peoplecan come to give thanks to God for theirnew lives.”It still hosts several AA meetings eachweek.
Good Samaritanfindsring on snowy highway
KINGVALE — Finding a lost wed-ding ring along a snowy highway is hardenough. But a Good Samaritan inNorthern California also has to track down the man it belongs to.Douglas Benedetti says he met theman but doesn’t know his name or phonenumber.Benedetti says the man was searchingfor the ring on the shoulder of Interstate80 near Kingvale in the Sierra earlier thismonth. He told Benedetti he’d lost thering while putting chains on his vehicle.Benedetti,who installs chains for peo-ple on the highway,decided to return tothe area hours after the man left. After alittle less than an hour of searching,hecame across the ring in the snow next toa semi-truck.Benedetti wants to return the ring. Butall he has to go on is its inscription:“Lisa,5th June,2010.”
College student’s turtleproject takes dark twist
CLEMSON,S.C. — ClemsonUniversity student Nathan Weaver set outto determine how to help turtles cross theroad. He ended up getting a glimpse intothe dark souls of some humans.Weaver put a realistic rubber turtle inthe middle of a lane on a busy road nearcampus. Then he got out of the way andwatched over the next hour as seven driv-ers swerved and deliberately ran over theanimal. Several more apparently tried tohit it but missed.“I’ve heard of people and from friendswho knew people that ran over turtles.But to see it out here like this was a bitshocking,”said Weaver,a 22-year-oldsenior in Clemson’s School of Agricultural,Forest and EnvironmentalSciences.To seasoned researchers,the practicewasn’t surprising.The number of box turtles is in slowdecline,and one big reason is that manywind up as roadkill while crossing theasphalt,a slow-and-steady trip that cantake several minutes.Sometimes humans feel a need toprove they are the dominant species onthis planet by taking a two-ton metalvehicle and squishing a defenseless crea-ture under the tires,said Hal Herzog,aWestern Carolina University psychologyprofessor.“They aren’t thinking,really. It is notsomething people think about. It justseems fun at the time,Herzog said. “It isthe dark side of human nature.”Herzog asked a class of about 110 stu-dents getting ready to take a finalwhether they had intentionally run over aturtle,or been in a car with someone whodid. Thirty-four students raised theirhands,about two-thirds of them male,said Herzog,author of a book abouthumans’relationships with animals,called “Some We Love,Some We Hate,Some We Eat.”Weaver,who became interested in ani-mals and conservation through the BoyScouts and TV’s “Crocodile Hunter”Steve Irwin,wants to figure out the bestway to get turtles safely across the roadand keep the population from dwindlingfurther.Among the possible solutions:turtleunderpasses or an education campaignaimed at teenagers on why driversshouldn’t mow turtles down.
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Dec.28,2012
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
We Buy Gold, Jewelry,Diamonds, Silver & Coins
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A former intellectual property lawyer withtwo DUI convictions in the past eight yearsalready was sentenced yesterday to eightmonths in jail for trying to bribe a Colma copto avoid a possible third.Richard Chae,39,was convicted inNovember 2011 of misdemeanor drunk driv-ing by one jury and bribery by a second inJune after the first deadlocked on the count.On Thursday,Chae received four months in jail on each count followed by three years of supervised probation. His driver’s license wasrevoked for three years.“The judge made some excellent choices insentencing,”said District Attorney SteveWagstaffe.Chae’s sentence comes nearly three yearsafter the incident in question.Colma police pulled Chae’s Lexus over justbefore 3 a.m. Feb. 26,2010 on the 400 block of Serramonte Boulevard and officers sus-pected he was drunk.Chae offered the officers $900 in his pock-et “if this could all go away,Wagstaffe said.When the officers declined,Chae allegedlyincreased the offer to$5,000 and then $25,000.Police then arrested himon suspicion of drivingwhile under the influenceand bribery. During asearch of his person,offi-cers reported finding$1,055 in cash and $135 inchips from the LuckyChances casino.Chae’s blood alcohol level was tested at0.13 percent.Prosecutors opted to retry Chae after thefirst jury deadlocked 8-4 because the original judge had not allowed into evidence a state-ment given to the officer but not included inhis report,Wagstaffe said.The judge in the second case ruled other-wise.Chae was admitted to the California Bar in2003 but is currently not eligible to practicelaw,according to the bar. He was given aninterim suspension Oct. 19,2012 after hisconviction because it is deemed a matter of moral turpitude.He has been free from custody but wasremanded immediately after sentencing.
Lawyer sentenced forDUI and bribing cop
Richard Chae
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
Burglary
. Jewelry was stolen from a homewhile the residents were at dinner on HavenAvenue before 9:24 p.m. on Sunday,Dec. 16.
Citation
. A vehicle was cited for blocking adriveway on Liberty Court before 6:30 p.m.on Sunday,Dec. 16.
Petty theft.
A customer was pickpocketed atCostco on El Camino Real before 5:09 p.m.on Sunday,Dec. 16.
Drugs.
Two men were seen smoking marijua-na and then entering a grocery store on ElCamino Real before 3:29 p.m. on Sunday,Dec. 16.
Arrest
. A person was arrested on a warrant ata school on West Orange Avenue before 2:45p.m. on Sunday,Dec. 16.
Police reports
He’s got the hydrophoby
A man threw a water bottle at a woman’sdog on Marina Boulevard in South SanFrancisco before 10:54 a.m. on Sunday,Dec. 16.

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