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Saturday, January 26, 20139:00am to 1:00pmMillbrae Recreation Center477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae
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HALF MOON BAY
Several items,worth a total of $500,were stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the ﬁrstblock of Trace Lane before 8:36 a.m. Sunday,Jan. 13.
. Items worth a total value of $1,000were stolen from two vehicles on the ﬁrst block of Pinehurst Lane before 3:44 p.m. Saturday,Jan. 12.
. A juvenile who was arrested forstealing a bicycle and violating probation wastransported to the Youth Services Center on the600 block of Correas Street before 7:20 p.m. onTuesday,Jan. 8.
. A juvenile who was arrested for pos-sessing marijuana and an apple core pipe andbeing in violation of his probation was trans-ported to Youth Services Center on the ﬁrstblock of North Cabrillo Highway before 10:15a.m. on Tuesday,Jan. 8.
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
A man stole a beer and askedother customers to use his food stamp card inreturn for cash at a 7-Eleven on Mission Roadbefore 10:01 p.m. on Friday,Jan. 11.
. The screen of a window was removedand the master bedroom of a home was ran-sacked on Cymbidium Circle before 8:59 p.m.on Friday,Jan. 11.
. A computer and GPS unit were stolenfrom a vehicle parked at a hotel on AirportBoulevard before 10:56 a.m. on Friday,Jan. 11.
A car charger and headphones werestolen from a vehicle on Park Way before 9:22a.m. on Friday,Jan. 11.
. A principal reported a high school stu-dent that was on probation for drugs was underthe inﬂuence on campus on B Street before 9:08a.m. on Friday,Jan. 11.
Can you dig it?
Twenty juveniles were seen walking inthe street and blocking traffic on ElCamino Real and South Spruce Avenue inSouth San Francisco before 10:53 p.m. onFriday,Jan. 11.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
With a $1.4 million structural deﬁcit and agoal of creating a balanced budget,San Brunoschool ofﬁcials recently started discussingwhether closing a campus would be part of theconversation.Emotions were high Wednesday night whenboard President Henry Sanchez broached thetopic at a meeting of the San Bruno Park Elementary School District Board of Trustees.His question was simple:Is closing a schoolone of the tools we’d like to discuss in hopesof creating a balanced budget? While theboard agreed to continue the exploration,theidea wasn’t strongly supported.“I have always and will always remain anopponent to closing a school,”said TrusteeSkip Henderson.Trustee Jennifer Blanco also shared strongconcerns about the idea. However,she alsosaid teachers had approached her to requestthat if such a decision were to be made,it bedone quickly. Then families and employeeswould have time to consider their options.Sanchez and Trustee Kevin Martinez wereinterested in learning about the possible ben-eﬁts from consolidating two schools. Forexample,joining schools could allow forfewer classes with students in multiplegrades.In April,the board voted against a proposalto close two schools — El Crystal andCrestmoor elementary schools. The conversa-tion caused a community uproar and meetingprotests featured children speaking about theimportance of their teachers and school com-munity. A petition with more than 900 signa-tures was presented in opposition to the ideaof school closure. Another cause for concernwas how the talks of school closure had pro-gressed.It resulted in a parent-driven parcel taxeffort. Measure G,a $199 annual parcel tax onthe November ballot,failed to meet the two-thirds threshold.In the first interim budget update,SanBruno’s plan recognized it would most likelyneed to make $335,000 to $400,000 in ongo-ing budget reductions this year along with anadditional $1.4 million in cuts in each of the2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.In November,a report by the FiscalSustainability Task Force put out some possi-ble options for cuts. For example,closing aschool could save $236,000; eliminating con-tracted physical education in fourth and ﬁfthgrades would save $110,000; moving a specialeducation class back to the district would savean estimated $450,000; and furloughs couldsave hundreds of thousands. Raising revenueis also an option. Most notably,the task forcereport shows renting out a closed school couldgenerate more than $600,000 annually.Henderson said he didn’t believe closing aschool would create that kind of saving.However,when asked by Sanchez what elsehe would cut,there was no response.As a district,San Bruno has previouslytackled the possibility of closing a school dur-ing the 2006-07 school year due to a drop inenrollment. An enrollment uptick for the fol-lowing school year caused the district to dropthe talks.Declining enrollment forced the closure of two schools in the 1970s. Carl SandburgElementary was closed in 1978 and was soldfor $30.5 million in 2006. The district leases20 acres for a driving range on what was onceEngvall Middle School at Interstate 280 andSneath Lane to VB Golf Inc.At the same meeting,the board continued avote to ratify a four-year contract withSuperintendent David Hutt from July,1 2013through June 30,2017. The contract calls fora base salary of $132,138 with $8,000 instipends recognizing his doctorate,time withthe district,for life insurance and for a carallowance,according to the staff report.
School closure topic on the table
San Bruno officials begin contending with budget cuts
By Paul Elias
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge con-sidering San Francisco’s public nudity banrejected arguments Thursday that simply dis-robing in public was protected politicalspeech akin to ﬂag burning.U.S. District Judge Edward Chen made hiscomments during a 90-minute hearing held toconsider the new law requiring the covering of “genitals,perineum,and anal region”that isset to go into effect on Feb. 1.A narrowly divided Board of Supervisorspassed the law last month after residents andvisitors to the city’s renowned Castro districtcomplained about what they called unsightlyand unsanitary nudity in a plaza in the heart of the gay neighborhood.Public nudity activists ﬁled a federal lawsuitseeking to invalidate the law,arguing the gov-ernment-ordered cover-up violates their 1stAmendment rights to express their politicalviews. Their supporters also complained thelaw contradicts the city’s live-and-let-live rep-utation.
Judge considers San Francisco’s public nudity ban