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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XII,Edition 132
853 Industrial Rd. Ste E, San Carlos
Burlingame home sufferscontinuing codeviolations
Property owner:‘I understand it’s annoying to neighbors’
By Michelle Durand
San Mateo County is putting itsmoney where its mouth is.County officials seeking to crack down on local violence and guns inthe wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting areholding a gun buyback event nextweekend at the Event Center withno questions asked but plenty of cash.Gun owners will receive $100 perhandgun,shotgun and rifle and$200 for assault weapons as classi-fied in the state of California. Theevent is a joint effort of the Sheriff’sOffice,Supervisor Adrienne Tissierand the office of U.S. Rep. JackieSpeier,D-San Mateo,who is actual-ly providing the funding for thebuyback.Speier’s office could not immedi-
Countyplansgun buyback
Event next weekend will pay $100 perhandgun,$200 for assault weapons
 The gun buyback is 10 a.m.to 2p.m.Saturday,Jan.26 at the SanMateo County Event Center,2495S.Delaware St.,San Mateo.Formore information call 257-3503ext.9.Please transport unloadedfirearms in the trunk of a vehicle.
If you go
By Bill Silverfarb
A home in the Lyon Hoag neigh-borhood in Burlingame has sufferedcontinuing code enforcement viola-tions since 2001 and the propertyowners may face action by the cityif they do not correct the violationswithin two weeks,according to theCity Attorney’s Office.Residents near the home at 28Bloomfield Road have complainedfor years about overgrown weeds,inoperative vehicles and other issuesin a neighborhood filled with mil-lion-dollar homes.The house is in disrepair,said RobCilia,who lives next door to theBloomfield house and has called thecity to try and get the propertyowner to clear up some of the viola-tions.Cilia contends the home’s state of disrepair is having a negative impacton the property values on the block.“In the past,after contact by thecode enforcement officer,the ownerwould cut the weeds and remove theun-operative vehicle. Some viola-tions regarding rodents and otherhealth issues were referred to thecounty’s Health Department. Aftercorrections were made,over time,
A Burlingame home in the Lyon Hoag neighborhood has been hit with thesame code enforcement violations for more than 10 years.Neighbors wantthe property owner to take better care of the home as they fear its disrepairwill drive down home prices in the area.
Alan,left,and Josiah make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Roosevelt Elementary School for local homelesspeople who take part in Street Life Ministries in Redwood City.
By Heather Murtagh
Few students stick around afterthe last bell but Sarah Coyle has afull classroom at RooseveltElementary School on Mondaysafter 2:20 p.m.In fact,the Redwood City class-room is buzzing with sixth gradersworking together to make sand-wiches. Jars and tubs of peanut but-ter,jelly and butter are shared by thestudents who also share loaves of breads. Using plastic utensils,the
Making a change,one sandwich at a time
Street Life Ministries delivers direct assistance to Redwood City homeless
South San Francisco decided totable a proposal to require theinspection of homes prior to thembeing placed on the market to curbsafety concerns.On Wednesday,the South SanFrancisco City Council held a spe-cial study session to discuss the pro-posal to create a residential point of sale safety inspection program.Under the proposal,a propertyowner would be required to have aninspection for possible code viola-tions prior to selling the home. Themove,Fire Chief Phil White wrotein a staff report,would help curbongoing building violations whichcause safety concerns. Realtors,onthe other hand,questioned the legal-ity and effectiveness of the proposal.
South San Francisco dropshome inspection proposal
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Comedian DaveAttell is 48.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
During World War II,Jewish insurgentsin the Warsaw Ghetto launched their ini-tial armed resistance against Nazi troops,who eventually succeeded in crushingthe rebellion. The Soviets announcedthey’d broken through the long Nazisiege of Leningrad (it was another yearbefore the siege was fully lifted).
“Life is a great big canvas,and youshould throw all the paint you can on it.” 
— Danny Kaye (1913-1986)
Actor-directorKevin Costner is58.Actor Jason Segelis 33.
In other news ...Birthdays
Switzerland’s Sina Candrian jumps during the men’s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at the FIS Snowboard WorldChampionships in Stoneham,Quebec,Canada.
:Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph.
Friday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in thelower 40s. East winds 10 to 20 mph.
:Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph...Becoming 5to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Northeastwinds 5 to 10 mph.
:Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.
Sunday night:
Clear. Lows in the mid 40s.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day through Tuesday:
Mostly clear.Highs around 60. Lows in the mid 40s.
Tuesday night through Thursday
:Partly cloudy. Lows in thelower 40s. Highs in the upper 50s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.12 LuckyCharms in first place;No.08 Gorgeous Georgein second place;and No.02 Lucky Star in thirdplace.The race time was clocked at 1:49.19.
(Answers tomorrow)UNDUE SHOVE FRUGALAFFORDYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:After being awakened again by the neighbors’loud music, he was ready to — SOUND OFFNow 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.
©2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
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In 1778
,English navigator Captain James Cook reached thepresent-day Hawaiian Islands,which he named the “SandwichIslands.”
In 1862
,the tenth president of the United States,John Tyler,died in Richmond,Va.,at age 71,shortly before he could takehis seat as an elected member of the Confederate Congress.
In 1871
,William I of Prussia was proclaimed GermanEmperor in Versailles,France.
In 1911,
the first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place aspilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safelanding on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvaniain San Francisco Harbor.
In 1913,
entertainer Danny Kaye was born David DanielKaminsky in New York City.
In 1919
,the Paris Peace Conference,held to negotiate peacetreaties ending World War I,opened in Versailles,France.
In 1949
,Charles Ponzi,engineer of one of the most spectacu-lar mass swindles in history,died destitute at a hospital in Riode Janeiro,Brazil,at age 66.
In 1957,
a trio of B-52’s completed the first non-stop,round-the-world flight by jet planes,landing at March Air Force Basein California after more than 45 hours aloft.
In 1967,
Albert DeSalvo,who claimed to be the “BostonStrangler,”was convicted in Cambridge,Mass.,of armed rob-bery,assault and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life,DeSalvo waskilled in prison in 1973.)
In 1970,
David Oman McKay,the ninth president of theChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,died at the age of 96.Movie director John Boorman is 80. Former Sen. Paul Kirk,D-Mass.,is 75. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 72.Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson is 60. Country singerMark Collie is 57. Actress Jane Horrocks is 49. Actor Jesse L.Martin is 44. Rapper DJ Quik is 43. Rock singer Jonathan Davis(Korn) is 42. Singer Christian Burns (BBMak) is 40. NAACPPresident and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous is 40. Actor Derek Richardson is 37. Actress Samantha Mumba is 30. Countrysinger Kristy Lee Cook (TV:“American Idol”) is 29.
Fireball spotted over Bay Area
A bright light that appeared in the BayArea sky yesterday morning was likely afireball,a local astronomer said.The light was seen around 5:30 a.m.,Chabot Space and Science Centerastronomer Ben Burress said.“It was widely spotted,he said.Fireballs are meteors that explode,becoming highly visible.He said the brilliant event was notrelated to any meteor shower,and thatfireball sightings are “rogue events”andfairly rare.It is close to impossible to measure ortrack fireballs since they happen so spo-radically,Burress said.
Sniping,then singingas ‘American Idol’returns
LOS ANGELES — The Fox network is putting a brave face on the shrinkingappeal of “American Idol.”Its 12th-season premiere Wednesdayposted “an expected 19 percent declineversus least season”in the 18-to-49demographic,the network said onThursday. But the network hastened toadd that Fox still had the highest-ratednight of entertainment programming of any network thus far this season,andoutperformed its three-network compe-tition combined by 11 percent.“Idol”drew 17.9 million total viewerson Wednesday. Last year’s premierewas seen by 21.9 million total viewers.During the broadcast,the judgesvoiced optimism of their own.“I feel like we jell well in a weird,crazy way,said Nicki Minaj,speakingof the judges’panel near the episode’sconclusion.At least,there was no hair-pullingbetween Minaj and Mariah Carey,evenas some viewers may have been reducedto it.The pop divas exchanged insults wor-thy of middle schoolers,fellow fresh-man judge Keith Urban looked trappedbetween them,and there was a whiff of make-believe Wednesday about theshow’s touted feud.“We can have accessories. I didn’tknow that was allowed. That’s all I’mgonna say,”Carey commented archlyabout Minaj’s flashy,drum major-stylehat.The rapper took offense.“Why’d you have to reference myhat?Minaj said,with Carey thenaccusing Minaj of rudeness to her dur-ing an earlier elevator meeting.Mercifully,a contestant arrived tobreak up the bickering and remindviewers that we tuned in to a talentshow,not an episode of “RealHousewives of American Idol.”
‘Dear Abby’advicecolumnist dies at age 94
MINNEAPOLIS — PaulineFriedman Phillips,who as Dear Abbydispensed snappy,sometimes saucyadvice on love,mar-riage and meddlingmothers-in-law tomillions of newspa-per readers aroundthe world andopened the way forthe likes of Dr. Ruth,Dr. Phil and Oprah,has died. She was94.Phillips died Wednesday inMinneapolis after a long battle withAlzheimer’s disease,said Gene Willis,apublicist for the Universal Uclick syndi-cate.“My mother leaves very big highheels to fill with a legacy of compas-sion,commitment and positive socialchange,”her daughter,Jeanne Phillips,who now writes the column,said in astatement.Private funeral services were heldThursday,Willis said.The long-running “Dear Abby”col-umn first appeared in the San FranciscoChronicle in 1956. Mother and daughterstarted sharing the byline in 2000,andJeanne Phillips took over in 2002,whenthe family announced Pauline Phillipshad Alzheimer’s disease.Pauline Phillips wrote under the nameAbigail Van Buren. Her column com-peted for decades with the advice of Ann Landers,written by her twin sister,Esther Friedman Lederer,who died in2002.
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Petty theft.
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.
Grand theft
. 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.
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.
Petty theft.
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.
Police reports
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
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
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

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