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09/17/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
 Jan.31,2013
Vol XII,Edition 143
LOOMINGCUTS
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DONS STILLUNBEATEN
SPORTSPAGE 11
ELDER ABUSE,USEOF SHELTERS RISES
SUBURBANLIVING PAGE 17
GOP LAWMAKERS SEE AUTOMATIC CUTS ASLEVERAGE
By Erica Werner
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — A group of ahalf-dozen House members,equallydivided between Democrats andRepublicans,is nearing completionof wide-ranging immigration legis-lation similar to proposals by Senatenegotiators and President Barack Obama,including a pathway tolegal immigration status for 11 mil-lion illegal immigrants already inthe U.S.The group intends to unveil thelegislation soon,perhaps around thetime of Obama’s State of the Unionaddress Feb. 12,according to law-makers and aides involved. It is like-ly to face strong resistance frommany of the conservativeRepublicans who dominate theHouse.Yet its mere existence is a sign of more interest in immigration legis-lation in the House than has beenevident for some time. Group mem-bers and others say that,despite thediscomfort of many HouseRepublicans with any effort toadjust illegal immigrants’status,they see glimmers of hope for pas-sage of some kind of immigrationpackage during this session of Congress.“I’ve felt a huge sea change,
House startsimmigrationreformplan
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The potential developer of Pete’sHarbor offered tenants remaining atthe Redwood City marina thechance to keep boat slips public if they stop opposing the waterfrontresidential project before the CityCouncil and other regulatory agen-cies.Paul Powers,president of PaulsCorp.,also offered to establish a$50,000 fund for towing boatswhose owners cannot afford to relo-cate their vessel,according to theJan. 24 term sheet offered to spokes-woman Alison Madden and tenantsincluding Paul Mahler and BuckleyStone.The group was given until Jan. 25and then Jan. 28 to agree butMadden said,while she appreciatesthe overture,it was not enough toreimburse tenants who lost moneyin trying to vacate the premisesquickly,didn’t adequately addressparking and didn’t commit to thelive-aboard tenants.“It was a good first step but wewould have to give up not only ourappeal but also our advocacy,”Madden said. “It just wasn’t goodenough.”Powers confirmed the offeralthough he said both parties hadagreed to confidential discussions.“Everything in the agreementwere things we weren’t intending todo but we are at least offering up to
Pete’s Harbor developer offers tenants settlement
By Aimee Lewis Strain
BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE
Police were called to Pete’sHarbor in Redwood City yesterdaymorning after tenants and protest-ers prevented crews hired by theproperty owner from doing work on the premises.The incident marks the latestconfrontation between an ownerhoping to sell the land to make wayfor a new residential developmentand longtime tenants refusing toleave their boat slips.Armed with electric saws,twoworkers began dismantling dock cleats in the outer harbor near
Protesters disrupt dock work
2012 MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL
Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca participate in last year’s Cycle for Survivor event.
By Ashley Hansen
DAILY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
“It’s hard to define what is soincredible about this,said JodiZwiebach,longtime friend of Cyclefor Survival founders JenniferGoodman Linn and her husbandDavid Linn. “Just imagine movingall the equipment out of the gymand there are 100 or 200 bikes in thegym and everyone is doing the samething for the same reason and every-one’s been touched by this crazydisease and they’re all trying to fig-ure out a way to get rid of it.”Cycle for Survival,founded in2007 to raise money to fight rarecancers,will take place for the thirdtime this Saturday,Feb. 2 from 8a.m. through 5 p.m. at Equinox PineStreet in San Francisco.The event became an officialMemorial Sloan-Kettering CancerCenter event in 2009. The programdirectly funds clinical trials run byMSKCC,the world’s oldest andlargest private cancer center.Equinox is the founding partnerof Cycle for Survival. With its help,the program has grown from oneride in New York City in 2007 to 10markets across the country.“Jen used to work out at Equinoxin New York City. Then when they[got] a nonprofit status,they part-nered with Equinox and expandedto other states and it’s truly a Sloan-Kettering and Equinox partnership,”Zwiebach said.
Cycling for a cause
Fundraiser seeks to build awareness of rare cancers
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
An off-duty San Mateo Countysheriff’s deputy was killed in amotorcycle crash in Burlingameearly yesterday afternoon.The San Mateo County Coroner’sOfficer identified him as Eric Mertl,51.At approximately 12:15 p.m.,amotorcycle driven by Mertl collidedwith a car at the intersection of ElCamino Real and Bellevue Avenue.Mertl was transported by para-medics to Stanford Hospital wherehe died as a result of his injuries,according to Burlingame police.The driver of the car,a 64-year-
Off-duty deputy diesin motorcycle crash
Legislation to likely face resistancefrom many conservativeRepublicans
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Thursday
 Jan.31,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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Actress MinnieDriver is 43.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1963
During the Civil War,the First SouthCarolina Volunteers,an all-black Unionregiment composed of former slaves,was mustered into federal service atBeaufort,S.C.
“Happiness is not having what  you want,but wanting what you have.” 
— Rabbi Hyman Judah Schachtel,author (1907-1990)
BaseballHall-of-FamerNolan Ryan is 66.Singer Justin Timberlake is 32.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
A damaged British Academy of Film and Television Arts award is recycled in a furnace to make new ones at the New ProFoundaries in West Drayton,west London.
Thursday
:Sunny. Highs in the lower tomid 60s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday night
:Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 40s. East winds 10 to 20 mph.
Friday
:Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Eastwinds 10 to 20 mph... Becoming northeast 5to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Friday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in themid 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph...Becoming east aftermidnight.
Saturday
:Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s.
Saturday night through Monday night:
Partly cloudy. Lowsin the mid 40s. Highs in the lower 60s.
Tuesday
:Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Highs in theupper 50s.
Tuesday night and Wednesday
:Mostly cloudy.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Whirl Win,No.6,in first place;Lucky Star,No.2,in second place;and Gorgeous George,No.8,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:43.93.
(Answers tomorrow)CEASE PIXELINVESTSTUDIOYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The new employee at the bakery was —ACUTIE PIENow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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In 1606,
Guy Fawkes,convicted of treason for his part in the“Gunpowder Plot”against the English Parliament and KingJames I,was executed.
In 1797
,composer Franz Schubert was born in Vienna.
In 1865,
Gen. Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of allthe Confederate armies.
In 1917,
during World War I,Germany served notice it wasbeginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
In 1929,
revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his family wereexpelled from the Soviet Union.
In 1944
,during World War II,U.S. forces began a successfulinvasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
In 1950
,President Harry S. Truman announced he had ordereddevelopment of the hydrogen bomb.
In 1958,
the United States entered the Space Age with its firstsuccessful launch of a satellite into orbit,Explorer I.
In 1961
,NASA launched Ham the Chimp aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral; Ham was recoveredsafely from the Atlantic Ocean following his 16 1/2-minutesuborbital flight.
In 1971,
astronauts Alan Shepard,Edgar Mitchell and StuartRoosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.
In 1990
,McDonald’s Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurantin Moscow.
In 2000,
an Alaska Airlines jet crashed into the Pacific Oceanoff Port Hueneme,Calif.,killing all 88 people aboard.
Ten years ago
:President George W. Bush and British PrimeMinister Tony Blair met at the White House; Bush said hewould welcome a second U.N. resolution on Iraq but only if itled to the prompt disarming of Saddam Hussein.Actress Carol Channing is 92. Baseball Hall-of-Famer ErnieBanks is 82. Composer Philip Glass is 76. Former InteriorSecretary James Watt is 75. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is75. Actor Stuart Margolin is 73. Actress Jessica Walter is 72.Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt,D-Mo.,is 72. Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite is 69. Actor Glynn Turman is 67.Singer-musician Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the SunshineBand) is 62. Rock singer Johnny Rotten is 57. Actress KellyLynch is 54. Actor Anthony LaPaglia is 54. Singer-musicianLloyd Cole is 52. Rock musician Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) is 49.
Police:Man stoppedfor beer after breakout
BURGETTSTOWN,Pa. — Police saya western Pennsylvania man stopped at abar and had a beer minutes after he brokeout of a police station holding cell afterhis arrest on an assault charge.The Washington County public defend-er’s office on Wednesday declined tocomment on the charges filed against 40-year-old Smith Township residentTimothy Bonner.Police say they were processingBonner and had removed his handcuffsand placed him in the cell. That’s whenBonner allegedly knocked the cell dooroff its hinges and ran away.After stopping at a house to borrowshoes,police say Smith went to Richy’sBar,where a customer tells WPXI-TV thesuspect acknowledged breaking out of  jail and then asked for a beer.The customer says he bought a beer forSmith,who didn’t get to enjoy it beforepolice arrested him.
Aspen reviews 14 mphspeed limit to alert drivers
ASPEN,Colo. Aspen city councilmembers are considering a 14 mph speedlimit in a residential area of the Coloradomountain town in attempt to get the atten-tion of drivers and have them slow down.Residents say few drivers are obeyingthe current 25 mph speed limit and areignoring other efforts to protect people.The Aspen Times reports Mayor Mick Ireland suggested an 18 mph limitbecause the number is out of the ordinaryfor a speed limit. After further discussion,council members decided to drop the pro-posed limit down to 14 mph.
Humble nickel from1913 likely to fetch millions
RICHMOND,Va. — A humble 5-centcoin with a storied past is headed to auc-tion and bidding is expected to top $2million a century after it was mysterious-ly minted.The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist,but it’s thecoin’s back story that adds to its cachet:Itwas surreptitiously and illegally cast,dis-covered in a car wreck that killed itsowner,declared a fake,forgotten in acloset for decades and then found to bethe real deal.It is expected to fetch $2.5 million ormore when it goes on the auction block April 25 in suburban Chicago.“Basically a coin with a story and a rar-ity will trump everything else,saidDouglas Mudd,curator of the AmericanNumismatic Association Money Museumin Colorado Springs,Colo.,which hasheld the coin for most of the past 10years. He expects it could bring morethan Heritage Auction’s estimate,perhaps$4 million and even up to $5 million.“A lot of this is ego,”he said of collec-tors who could bid for it. “I have one of these and nobody else does.”The sellers who will split the moneyequally are four Virginia siblings whonever let the coin slip from their hands,even when it was deemed a fake.The nickel made its debut in a mostunusual way. It was struck at thePhiladelphia mint in late 1912,the finalyear of its issue,but with the year 1913cast on its face — the same year thebeloved Buffalo Head nickel was intro-duced.Mudd said a mint worker namedSamuel W. Brown is suspected of pro-ducing the coin and altering the die to addthe bogus date.The coins’existence wasn’t knownuntil Brown offered them for sale at theAmerican Numismatic AssociationConvention in Chicago in 1920,beyondthe statute of limitations. The fiveremained together under various ownersuntil the set was broken up in 1942.A North Carolina collector,George O.Walton,purchased one of the coins in themid-1940s for a reported $3,750. Thecoin was with him when he was killed ina car crash on March 9,1962,and it wasfound among hundreds of coins scatteredat the crash site.One of Walton’s heirs,his sister,MelvaGivens of Salem,Va.,was given the 1913Liberty nickel after experts declared thecoin a fake because of suspicions the datehad been altered.
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 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
FOSTER CITY 
Vandalism
. A man reported his vehicle waskeyed while parked outside his apartmentcomplex on Marlin Avenue before 8:17 p.m.on Wednesday,Jan. 23.
Fraud
. A man reported an unauthorizedVerizon account was reportedly opened underhis company’s name on Tower Lane before2:07 p.m. on Wednesday,Jan. 23.
Fraud
. A fraudulent prescription was report-edly dropped off at a CVS/pharmacy on EastHillsdale Boulevard before 1:15 p.m. onWednesday,Jan. 23.
Burglary
. A man reported the left passengerside window of his vehicle was smashed and ablack nylon laptop bag containing miscella-neous paperwork,calculator and a power cordwere stolen on East Hillsdale Boulevardbefore 7:07 p.m. on Tuesday,Jan. 22.
SAN CARLOS
Battery
. Someone was cited for battery on thethe 200 block of Laurel Street before 8:49 a.m.Sunday,Jan. 27.
Driving on a suspended license.
A man wascited for driving with a suspended license onthe 1100 block of Industrial Road before 1:31p.m. on Thursday,Jan. 24.
Fraud
. A person used counterfeit money onthe first block of El Camino Real before 1:01p.m. on Thursday,Jan. 24.
Theft.
A person committed grand theft on the300 block of Hill Way before 8:52 a.m. onThursday,Jan. 24.
Police reports
Open house
Someone was seen going through a frontwindow of a home for sale on D Street inRedwood City before 7:36 a.m. Sunday,Jan. 27.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Preserving as much land as possible whileusing low-density development to repay thecity’s self loan to purchase 35 acres of land inSan Juan Canyon was the direction given bythe Belmont City Council to staff during acommunity meeting Tuesday.The land was purchased in 2009 and theCity Council held a study session in Octoberto talk with developers about possible uses forthe land. On Tuesday,the council met with thecommunity during a three-hour meeting todiscuss concerns and the next steps in devel-oping the land.Mayor Christine Wozniak said the city has adebt to itself,which it would like to pay back,but also there is a desire to preserve as muchopen space as possible. As a result,staff wasasked to look for low-density developmentoptions that could cover a majority of the self loan while leaving the eastern portion of theland open.Councilwoman Coralin Feierbach wouldlike to see a guarantee that whatever parcelsare not sold for development remain openunless the public decides it would be betterused in another way. She is proposing to put ameasure on the November ballot barring thesale of the other parcels of land in San JuanCanyon without a vote of the public.With that direction,city staff will start towork together on a timeline and bring the itemback to the council in the future,saidCommunity Development Director Carlos deMelo.In October,three developers gave presenta-tions to the council and land owners MichaelMelliar-Smith and Louise Moser made a pitchto the city for it to acquire their 18-acre horseranch to be combined with the San JuanCanyon lots. At the time,developers MingstanDevelopment,Mayacama Partners LLC andPaul Goswamy made presentations to the city.Since then,Mingston Development has pulleditself from possibly working on the project,said de Melo.Much of the property is on steep slopes andis considered undevelopable and the remain-der of the open space will be connected toBelmont’s trail system in the hills. About 22acres are suitable to develop on Bishop Roadand Marsten and Ralston avenues.The primary expectations of the developerare to develop only those portions of the sitethat are deemed suitable for residential homesand identify the best uses for the balance of the open space.The city has previously proposed to sell off a portion of the property for homes and to usesome of those proceeds to purchase adjacentopen space.The property has a total of 87 plots includ-ed in the purchase that the city bid on in anauction held by the U.S. Marshals Service in2009.The city paid $1.4 million on four groups of property,which included taxes and fees. Thepurchase was made using an internal loanfrom the city’s fleet account. That obligationwas recently at about $1.5 million,said deMelo.Selling some of the plots for homes willhelp pay for the original purchase of the land.
Belmont seeks low-density development
Possible ballot measure proposed to guarantee open space
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
Under the weight of ongoing state budgetcuts,the San Mateo County Superior Court yes-terday announced it will slash up to two dozenpositions,close five courtrooms and suspend themajority of services in the South San Franciscoand San Mateo branches.The changes will happen as early as July2013 and include eliminating five court com-missioner positions and 16 to 21 staff members.Two judges will remain at the South SanFrancisco branch to conduct preliminary hear-ings.San Mateo County,like all countiesstatewide,have seen their courts hit by statebudget cuts of more than $1 billion over the pastfive years. The local courts have already cutstaff by 30 percent,consolidated courtroomsand hearings into the Redwood City branch andtrimmed service and phone hours. InSeptember,court officials warned more wouldbe coming down the pike if the state continuedwith its cuts and yesterday confirmed the reali-ty which includes further reduction of publiccounter and phone hours in February.Presiding Judge Robert Foiles called the gov-ernor’s January proposed budget “extremelydisappointing”for failing to restore funding tothe trial courts.“We must plan now to effectively prioritizethe most essential court services to protect thepublic while also living within our means. Weregret that this will mean further delays in manyother areas,Foiles said in a prepared statement.
Court announces further services cuts

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