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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XII,Edition 136
Family Owned & Operated 
 Established: 1949
GOP to delay debt showdown
House Republicans seek to regain footing,White House says itwill not oppose legislation
Hillbarn takes onan English farce
‘See How They Run’set to open Friday
By Heather Murtagh
Nothing breaks up an evening like a bit of English comedy,which is what Hillbarn Theatre is showcasing starting thisweek with its latest show “See How They Run.”Set in an idyllic English village in the 1940s,“See How
Parents wanta long-termschool vision
By Heather Murtagh
A long-term vision with a clear plan vetted by the commu-nity is how San Bruno school officials should approach the$1.4 million structural deficit,Crestmoor Elementary Schoolparents told the board during a special meeting Tuesday.Last week,board President Henry Sanchez broached thetopic of school closure at a meeting of the San Bruno Park Elementary School District Board of Trustees. His questionwas simple:Is closing a school one of the tools we’d like todiscuss in hopes of creating a balanced budget? While theboard agreed to continue the exploration,the idea wasn’tstrongly supported.It was also suggested that a special meet-ing be held at Crestmoor – the school with the lowest enroll-ment which is normally on the short list when school closure
By Bill Silverfarb
It was an extra dusty day in SanMateo’s Central Park yesterday after-noon as the City Council got a hands-ondemonstration on how effective variousleaf blowers and vacuums are comparedto the old reliable rake and broom.The council is considering banningleaf blowers outright but will take inplenty of public comment before itmakes its decision.Gardeners contend the devices are farmore efficient in cleaning up yard wastewhile foes of the device say they are toonoisy and hazardous to the health of users and those caught up in the particu-late the devices blow into the air.City staff conducted the demonstra-tion,showing how gas-powered leablowers compare to battery-powered
By Andrew Taylor
WASHINGTON — Seeking to regaintheir budget footing versus PresidentBarack Obama,Republicans controllingthe House are moving quickly to try todefuse a potential debt crisis with legis-lation to prevent a first-ever U.S. defaultfor at least three months.The Republicans are giving up fornow on trying to extract spending cutsfrom Democrats in return for an increasein the government’s borrowing cap. Butthe respite promises to be only tempo-rary,with the stage still set for major bat-tles between the GOP and Obama overtaxes,spending and deficits.The first step comes Wednesday with aHouse vote on GOP-sponsored legisla-tion that would give the governmentenough borrowing leeway to meet threemonths’worth of obligations,delaying ashowdown next month that Republicansfear they would lose.Republicans leaving a two-hour meet-ing Tuesday afternoon appeared confi-dent that the measure would pass.While it’s commonly assumed that theTreasury Department wouldn’t allow adisastrous default on U.S. Treasurynotes,the prospect of failing to meetother U.S. obligations such as paymentsto contractors,unemployment benefitsand Social Security checks would alsobe reputation shattering. House SpeakerJohn Boehner,R-Ohio,and other GOPleaders have made it plain they don’thave the stomach for it.The legislation is disliked by manyDemocrats,but the White Houseweighed in Tuesday with a statementthat the administration would not opposethe measure,even though Obama justlast week dismissed incremental increas-es in the debt ceiling as harmful to the
A dusty demonstration
San Mateo city workers demonstrated various leaf blowers and leaf vacuums yesterday as the City Council weighs restrictingthe use of the devices.
Barack Obama,right,with Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Even leaf vacuums produce particulates
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Actor RichardDean Anderson is63.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
President Richard Nixon announced anaccord had been reached to end theVietnam War,and would be formallysigned four days later in Paris.
“It is easy to get a thousand prescriptionsbut hard to get one single remedy.” 
— Chinese proverb
Actor RutgerHauer is 69.Singer Anita Bakeris 55.
Wang Xianxiang,a Chinese farmer,carries twobuckets with hiseyelids during aprovincial SpringFestival gala formigrant workersin ShaodongCounty,Hunanprovince.Wangsuspended thetwo buckets filledwith water,whichtogetherweighed 11pounds,onplastic hangershooked to hiseyelids for aboutone minuteduring hisperformance.
:A slight chance of rain in themorning...Then rain likely in the afternoon.Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 10to 20 mph.
Wednesday night
:Mostly cloudy. Achance of rain in the evening...Then a slightchance of showers after midnight. Lows inthe upper 40s. North winds 5 to 10mph...Becoming northeast 5 to 15 mph after midnight.
:Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. Northeast winds 5to 15 mph.
Thursday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening then becomingmostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the 40s.North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of showers 20 percent.
:Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Highs in theupper 50s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.10 SolidGold in first place;No.11 Money Bags in secondplace;and No.06 Whirl Win in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:43.22.
(Answers tomorrow)PLUME ABATE SNEAKYSNITCHYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The doctor would recover from his injuries ifhe could — BE PATIENTNow 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.
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In 1789,
Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington,D.C.
In 1845,
Congress decided all national elections would be heldon the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
In 1932,
New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced hiscandidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 1933,
the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,the so-called “Lame Duck Amendment,was ratified as Missouriapproved it.
In 1937,
17 people went on trial in Moscow during Josef Stalin’s “Great Purge.”(All were convicted of conspiracy; allbut four were executed.)
In 1943,
critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during a live broadcast of the CBS radio program “People’sPlatform.”
In 1950
,the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution affirmingJerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In 1960,
the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe (BATH’-ih-skahf) Trieste carried two men to the deepest known point inthe Pacific Ocean,reaching a depth of more than 35,000 feet.
In 1964,
the 24th Amendment to the Constitution,eliminatingthe poll tax in federal elections,was ratified.
In 1968
,North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USSPueblo,charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (Thecrew was released 11 months later.)
In 1977
,the TV mini-series “Roots,”based on the Alex Haleynovel,began airing on ABC.
In 1985,
debate in Britain’s House of Lords was carried on livetelevision for the first time.
Ten years ago:
The government of Kuwait said a Kuwaiti hadconfessed to the shootings of two U.S. defense workers thatleft one dead.Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg,D-N.J.,is 89. Actress Jeanne Moreauis 85. Actress Chita Rivera is 80. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 79.Actor Gil Gerard is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson(The Persuasions) is 69. Sen. Thomas R. Carper,D-Del.,is 66.Singer Anita Pointer is 65. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 63.Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 60. Los AngelesMayor Antonio Villaraigosa is 60. Princess Caroline of Monaco is56. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 54. Actress GailO’Grady is 50. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 49. Rhythm-and-bluessinger Marc Nelson is 42. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 39. Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 38. Christian rock musician Nick DePartee (Kutless) is 28.The president of the United States doeshis air travel on Air Force One. The vicepresident travels on Air Force Two.***Harrison Ford (born 1942) starred as thepresident of the United States in the actionmovie “Air Force One(1997). In thefilm,Russian terrorists hijack Air ForceOne and hold the president and his familyhostage.***A military pilot who is an “ace”hasbrought down five or more enemy aircraft.***In World War II aviation slang,a “lameduck”meant a damaged plane,“goingupstairs”referred to gaining altitude and a“dogfight”was combat between twoplanes.***The first album by the rock groupJefferson Airplane was titled “JeffersonAirplane Takes Off,”released in 1966.***The tail height of a 747 is 63 feet 8 inch-es,equivalent to a six-story building.***After their first flight on Dec. 17,1903,Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville Wright(1871-1948) wanted the big news story tocome from their hometown of Dayton,Ohio. However,the telephone operator inKitty Hawk talked to a reporter at theVirginian-Pilot and that newspaper print-ed it first,with inaccurate information.The Dayton Daily News ran the first accu-rate account of the flight.***On Dec. 17,2003,the Wright BrothersNational Memorial in North Carolinahosted a centennial celebration of the firstflight in history. The 100th anniversarywas remembered with an air show and aceremony honoring aviation heroes.***The National Aviation Hall of Fame is inDayton,Ohio. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is also inDayton. The International Women’s Air &Space Museum is in Cleveland,Ohio.***A mid-air emergency renders the pilots of a passenger plane unable to fly. A stew-ardess must attempt to land the plane. Doyou know the name of the movie? Seeanswer at end.***Mach speed is named in honor of Austrianphysicist Ernst Mach (1838-1916),knownfor his advances in the field of ballistics.***On average,an ejection will launch a nor-mal-sized pilot to a height of more than200 feet and produce a full parachute inthree seconds. Ejection seat tests are donefrom zero velocity and zero altitude (sit-ting still on the ground).***Diminutive French actor HervéVillechaize (1943-1993) is best remem-bered for his role as Tattoo,Mr. Roarke’ssidekick on “Fantasy Island”(1978-1984). In the opening credits of eachshow,Tattoo rang a bell and announcedthe arrival of “the plane,the plane!”***In 1929,aeronautical engineers JamesMcDonnell (1899-1980) designed whathe hoped would become the first mass-produced two-passenger airplane,calledthe Doodlebug. The plane was entered ina flight competition with a prize of $100,000,but did not win because of damage sustained during the flight.***Howard Hughes’(1905-1976) H-4Hercules cargo airplane,completed in1947,was nicknamed the Spruce Goose.It was actually built from birch wood,notspruce.***
:There were two movies with that  plot:“Airport 1975”(1974) and “Airplane!(1980). “Airport 1975”wasa drama starring Charlton Heston (1924-2008). An airplane collision hurts the pilots and the stewardess takes the con-trols until the Air Force can get a pilot onboard. “Airplane!”is a comedy spoof of that movie,starring Leslie Nielsen. Whenthe pilots get food poisoning,a stewardessand a passenger must land the plane.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments? Emailknowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.
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. Bicycles were stolen from the backyardof a home on the 200 block of PeninsulaAvenue before 4:58 p.m. on Monday,Jan. 14.
Noise complaint.
A person using a leaf blowerwas advised they were in violation of city ordi-nance on the first block of East Carol Avenuebefore 2:43 p.m. on Monday,Jan. 14.
. A man’s credit cards were fraudulentlyused on the 200 block of El Camino Realbefore 8:31 a.m. on Monday,Jan. 14.
. Credit cards were stolen from anunlocked vehicle on the 500 block of PeninsulaAvenue before 7:44 p.m. on Sunday,Jan. 13.
. A man was cited for driving with asuspended license on El Camino Real before10:29 p.m. on Thursday,Jan. 17.
. A juvenile was arrested for beinginvolved with drugs on Alameda de las Pulgasbefore 11:09 a.m. on Thursday,Jan. 17.
A parked vehicle was hit onSixth Avenue before 9:14 a.m. on Thursday,Jan. 17.
Police reports
Keep your ear to the ground
A woman reported someone placed Q-Tips on her master bedroom floor whileshe was out of the house on Crane Avenuein Foster City before 8:27 p.m. Saturday,Jan. 19.
By Michelle Durand
A former bookkeeper accused of stealing$3,200 from a dental office while on manda-tory supervision for embezzlement from twoother dental businesses pleaded no contest inthe new case on Tuesday.Jasmine Delafuente,32,faces up to threeyears and eight months when sentenced forthe single count of felony embezzlement but,under the realignment rules,will not be sent toprison even with her prior record of similarcrimes.Prosecutors say Delafuente worked as anoffice manager for 6 to 9 Dental in East PaloAlto and,between June 29,2012 to July 19,2012,stole approximately $3,200 by deposit-ing only part of the cashpayments and pocketingthe rest.“She got caught early orshe would have kept doingthis,Wagstaffe said.Delafuente was accusedof stealing much morefrom her earlier victims.She was sentenced inJanuary 2012 to two yearsin county jail and twoyears supervision — the same supervisoryterm she was serving when arrested in thenewest case — for stealing $70,000 from aRedwood City dentist. Between March 2009and August 2010,prosecutors said Delafuentetook the cash paid by patients and deletedproof of payment from office records.Delafuente urged patients to pay in cash,according to prosecutors who said she partic-ularly took advantage of Spanish-speakingpatients.Just prior to working for that office,Delafuente had been fired in February 2009for stealing $6,793 through the same means.Delafuente was prosecuted and convicted of felony embezzlement in August 2010,settlinga case that had been pending in court throughmost of the time she was working for her sec-ond alleged victim.She was sentenced to 60 days jail andfelony probation for the first case.Delafuente remains in custody on $25,000bail and a no-bail hold for violating probationand mandatory supervision.
Dental bookkeeper admits embezzlement
Cocaine carrier pleads guilty
A passenger who was arrested at SanFrancisco International Airport in Octoberwhile carrying 100 pellets of cocaine inside hisbody has pleaded guilty to a federal drugcharge.Emmanuel Amankwa,55,pleaded guiltybefore U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in SanFrancisco on Thursday to one count of possess-ing more than 500 grams of cocaine with theintent to distribute it.He will be sentenced by White on April 11. Ina plea agreement,prosecution and defenselawyers agreed to recommend a sentence of between five years and six years and eightmonths in prison,but the actual sentence will beup to White.Amankwa had arrived at the airport on a flightfrom Long Beach and was attempting to boarda flight to Japan when he was arrested by feder-al customs agents on Oct. 23.U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said an investi-gation revealed he was carrying 100 latex-wrapped pellets containing a total of 995 grams,or two pounds and three ounces,of cocaine inhis body.According to an affidavit filed by U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement AgentAlex Chan on Oct. 24,authorities became sus-picious when a records check showedAmankwa was arrested at John F. KennedyInternational Airport in New York in 1992 andlater convicted of attempting to smuggle aboutthree pounds of heroin in a false-sided suitcase.Agents observing Amankwa in October alsonoticed he was walking awkwardly and clench-ing his stomach,Chan wrote.
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