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City sues toclose downmini-mart
7-Eleven files legal response questioningSan Mateo council’s opinion use is illegal
By Heather Murtagh
The city of San Mateo is taking to the court system in hopesof closing a 7-Eleven the City Council previously deemed tobe operating illegally in a residential zone,but the business isfighting back by asking a judge to overturn the decision of theelected body.In January,the City Council voted unanimously that the 7-Eleven which recently opened in the former home of Stangelini’s Italian Deli is actually zoned for residential. Afterthe deli closed,the space reverted back to residential zoning,according to the city. However,the 7-Eleven at 501 N. SanMateo Drive is still in operation. On Thursday,the city filed alawsuit against the location claiming the use is illegal,itshould close and asking that the business cover the legal costs.On Friday,PDP Bayfair and 7-Eleven filed a petition seekingto overturn the council’s decision,said attorney Richard
By Heather Murtagh
If given the challenge of building arobot that can knock down pins,demon-strate strength and reunite “quilt”piecesmade from Legos,which challengewould be the most important to accom-plish?Those are some of the many chal-lenges on a table created for those com-peting in the First Lego League Roboticschallenge this year. Each task is tied tothis year’s theme,Senior Solutions. Forexample,a robot must pick the correctmedication,push the Lego dog that’sholding a remote while on a skateboardand help set up a gardening area by pro-gramming a robot made from Legos.Each task represents points a team canearn. But the team can also lose points if tasks aren’t completed correctly.Basically the 9- to 14-year-olds takingpart in the FLL challenges need todecide what’s important.For Team M,a group of 11- and 12-year-old friends from four differentlocal middle schools,height challengesdidn’t make the priority list but thehope of knocking down mini bowlingpins was a fun bonus.It’s a challenge of weighing the pointsversus time,said 12-year-old JohnRobinson,a Bowditch Middle Schoolstudent on Team M.This weekend,Team M will be one of more than 40 Bay Area teams to com-pete in the NorCal FLL Championshipsat Sequoia High School. Each year,thestudents are given a theme. Teams com-pete in different areas of senior-relatedprojects including researching the chal-lenges for seniors and possible solu-
Tackling challenges with Lego robotics
By Sally Schilling
Akash Kapoor left his job of running anational law firm to follow his passion:restau-rants.When he started his Indian fusion foodtrucks called Curry Up Now in 2009,Kapoordiscovered he had a successful business thatcould expand. Unfortunately,he has not beenable to leave the legal world behind just yet.Last year,he began receiving cease-and-desist letters from DOSA — an Indian finedining restaurant in San Francisco — for vio-
Dosa reality:Restaurants battle over branding
San Francisco restaurant feels SanMateo casual eateries stole its name
 Twelve-year-olds Sophia Leon,left,and Calandra Saidin,partof Team M,do a test run with Bellatrix,the team’s Lego robotthat will compete in the NorCal First Lego League RoboticsChampionships this weekend.
Dosa Republic in San MateoDOSA in San Francisco
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XII,Edition 145
The San Mateo Daily Journal
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Publisher:Jerry LeeEditor in Chief:Jon Mays
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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.
 TV chef Ina Gartenis 65.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
New York City’s rebuilt Grand CentralTerminal officially opened to the publicat one minute past midnight.
“Absence is to love what wind is to fire;it extinguishes the small,it inflames the great.” 
— Bussy-Rabutin,French soldier and writer (1618-1693)
Actor Bo Hopkinsis 71.Singer Shakira is36.
Colin Lang of Poland crashes during the men’s mogul qualifications event at the FIS World Cup Freestyle skiing competitionin Park City,Utah.
:Partly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Highs around 60.West winds around 5 mph.
Saturday night:
Mostly cloudy. Patchyfog. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds5 to 10 mph.
Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog inthe morning. Highs in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10mph.
Sunday night:
Mostly clear except patchy fog. Lows in themid 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
:Partly cloudy. Patchy fog. Highs in the upper 50s.
Monday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s.
Tuesday through Wednesday:
Partly cloudy. Highs in themid 50s. Lows in the mid 40s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.08Gorgeous George in first place;No.06 Whirl Winin second place;and No.11 Money Bags in thirdplace.The race time was clocked at 1:41.40.
(Answers Monday)HUMID ANKLE URCHIN FEDORAYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The trail through the swamp caused thecross-country race to — RUN “A-MUCK”Now 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 1536,
present-day Buenos Aires,Argentina,was founded byPedro de Mendoza of Spain.
In 1653,
New Amsterdam — now New York City — was incor-porated.
In 1848,
the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,ending theMexican-American War,was signed.
In 1870,
the “Cardiff Giant,supposedly the petrified remainsof a human discovered in Cardiff,N.Y.,was revealed to benothing more than carved gypsum.
In 1882,
Irish poet and novelist James Joyce was born nearDublin.
In 1887
,Punxsutawney,Pa.,held its first Groundhog Day fes-tival.
In 1912
,Frederick R. Law parachuted from the torch of theStatue of Liberty in a stunt filmed by Pathe (PA’-thay) News.
In 1922,
the James Joyce novel “Ulysses”was published inParis on Joyce’s 40th birthday.
In 1943
,the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle oStalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets inWorld War II.
In 1961,
hijackers of a Portuguese ocean liner,the SantaMaria,allowed the passengers and crew to disembark in Brazil,a week and a-half after seizing the ship.
In 1971
,Idi Amin,having seized power in Uganda,proclaimedhimself president.
In 1988,
in a speech the broadcast television networks declinedto carry live,President Ronald Reagan pressed his case for aidto the Nicaraguan Contras.
Ten years ago:
The search continued for pieces of the spaceshuttle Columbia,a day after the spacecraft disintegrated dur-ing re-entry over Texas,killing all seven astronauts. A hotel firein northeastern China killed some three dozen people.Actress Elaine Stritch is 88. Former French President ValeryGiscard d’Estaing is 87. Actor Robert Mandan is 81. ComedianTom Smothers is 76. Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash is 71.Television executive Barry Diller is 71. Country singer HowardBellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 67. Actor Jack McGee is 64.Actor Brent Spiner is 64. Rock musician Ross Valory (Journey)is 64. Sen. John Cornyn,R-Texas,is 61. Model Christie Brinkleyis 59. Actor Michael Talbott is 58. Actress Kim Zimmer is 58.Actor Michael T. Weiss is 51. Rock musician Robert DeLeo(Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 47. Actress JenniferWestfeldt is 43.Between 2011 and 2015,the older pop-ulation will grow at a rate of four timesfaster than the general population. By2030,about one on five people will be65 or over.***A 2002 survey says that more than half of adults age 65 and older have most of their natural teeth. “Most”means theyhave lost not more than five teeth. Inthe 1950s,more than half of adultsaged 65 and older had lost all theirteeth.***George Washington (1732-1799) neverowned a set of wooden teeth. He didown many sets of dentures but nonewere of wood construction.Washington began losing teeth at age22. When he was inaugurated for hisfirst term as president in 1789,he hadonly one natural tooth remaining andwas wearing a full set of dentures.***John McMorran (1889-2003),at onetime the oldest man in the U.S.,died atthe age of 113. He attributed his longlife to quitting cigars when he was 97.He lived for 16 more smoke-free years.***George Burns (1896-1996) smoked ElProductivo cigars. When asked whathis doctor thought about his cigarsmoking,Burns replied “my doctor’sdead.”***One hundred years ago the average lifeexpectancy in the U.S. was 47. Todaythe average life expectancy is 77.4years.***The Fountain of Youth is,alas,a myth.Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce deLeon (1460-1521) searched for the leg-endary spring that contained waterwith the remarkable ability to restoreyouth. In 1513,during his search forthe fountain,he came ashore in what isnow Florida and claimed the continentfor Spain.***Rhytidectomy is the medical term for aface-lift.***Tony Randall’s (1920-2004) wifeHeather Harlan was 51 years his junior.He became a father for the first time atthe age of 77.***There was a 44 year age differencebetween Fred Astaire (1899-1987) andhis wife Robyn Smith; 45 yearsbetween Tony Curtis (born 1925) andwife Jill Vanden Berg; 47 yearsbetween Cary Grant (1904-1986) andwife Barbara Harris.***Do you know what is a sexagenarianis? How about a septuagenarian,octo-genarian,nonagenarian and centenari-an? See answer at end.***The oldest person to receive anAcademy Award was Jessica Tandy(1909-1994). She was 80 when shereceived an Oscar for Best Actress themovie “Driving Miss Daisy”in 1989.The movie also won Best Picture.***The first quiz show on radio wasProfessor Quiz. The quiz show debutedon Oct. 11,1936 and awarded $10 cashprizes for the correct answers to gener-al information questions.***Strom Thurmond (1902-2003) was theoldest person to serve in the UnitedStates Congress. He was also thelongest serving senator. He retiredafter more than 48 years in the Senateat age of 100.***
:A sexagenarian a person whois between the ages of 60 and 70. Aseptuagenarian is between 70 and 80. An octogenarian is 80 to 90 years old,a nonagenarian is 90 to 100 and a cen-tenarian is over 100 years old.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments?Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.comorcall 344-5200 ext. 114.
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A man and woman tried to use coun-terfeit money to pay for items at the HillsdaleShopping Center before 6:11 p.m. onThursday,Jan. 24.
A person hit a parked vehicleand then left the scene on North Ellsworth andEast Poplar avenues before 4:58 p.m. onThursday,Jan. 24.
. A woman tried to pass a bad check onthe first block of East Fourth Avenue before1:21 p.m. on Thursday,Jan. 24.
. A license plate was stolen on the 1500block of Trollman Avenue before 4:41 p.m. onWednesday,Jan. 23.
. A burglary was caught on tape on the2200 block of Bridgepointe Parkway before3:55 p.m. on Wednesday,Jan. 23.
. License plates were stolen on the 600block of Palma Street in El Granada before9:41 a.m. on Wednesday,Jan. 16.
Attempted burglary.
The window of a homewas smashed on the 100 block of CulebraLane in Moss Beach before 9:29 a.m. onWednesday,Jan. 16.
. A man was arrested for driving under theinfluence on Highway 1 in Moss Beach before1:46 a.m. on Wednesday,Jan. 16.
Police reports
Special delivery
UPS received two packages each contain-ing one pound of marijuana on ForbesBoulevard in South San Francisco before11:32 p.m. on Monday,Jan. 14.
Five people were arrested over drugs,fakegift cards and possible identity theft after sus-picious activity was reported near FourthAvenue and Claremont Street in San MateoWednesday afternoon.San Mateo police responded to a report atabout 1:20 p.m. Jan. 30. Two men wereattempting a transaction involving a gift cardat a store on the 500 block of East FourthAvenue,according to San Mateo police.Officers located and detained the two suspectsin a gray Mercedes parked nearby — 55-year-old Willie Lozano and 32-year-old Phong Le,both of San Jose. Both were quickly arrestedfor outstanding warrants. Officers also locatedfake gift cards,evidence of possible identitytheft,and more than 10 pounds of marijuanain the suspects’vehicle,according to SanMateo police.Further investigation led to a third suspect,31-year-old Charles Ryan Angeles,of SanJose,according to San Mateo police.San Mateo detectives,assisted by investiga-tors from the Federal Bureau of Investigationand the U.S. Secret Service,worked throughthe night following up on leads generated bythe investigation into the seized drugs,andidentity theft and fraud materials. Detectivesultimately located and arrested Angeles in SanJose,and seized numerous fraudulent creditcards,IDs,machinery used to manufacturefraudulent credit cards and weapons includingan assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine,according to San Mateo police.San Mateo’s Narcotics Unit,pursuingthe marijuana investigation,located andseized additional drugs and arrested twoadditional suspects in San Jose for posses-sion of more than an ounce of metham-phetamine and firearms violations,accord-ing to San Mateo police.Lozano,Le and Angeles were booked intoSan Mateo County Jail. Lozano faces chargesof identity theft and conspiracy. Le wascharged with transportation and possessionfor sale of marijuana and conspiracy. Angeleswas booked for conspiracy,identity theft,counterfeiting,use of fraudulent access cards,counterfeit identification,possession of fraud-ulent identification and possession of a highcapacity assault rifle magazine.Duy Nguyen,a 32-year-old male resident of San Jose,was booked into the Santa ClaraCounty Jail for conspiracy,possession of methamphetamine for sale,and unlawful pos-session of a firearm by a felon. Lastly,Thao“Tammy”Nguyen,a 25-year-old female resi-dent of San Jose,was booked into the SantaClara County Jail for conspiracy and posses-sion of methamphetamine for sale,accordingto San Mateo police.
Suspicious activityleads to counterfeitingoperation,drugs,weapons,five arrests
The father accused of taking his childrenfrom South San Francisco and spiriting themaway on a stolen yacht in September will standtrial on a number of felonies including kidnap-ping and child endangerment.Christopher Maffei,43,previously pleadednot guilty to all charges but a judge ruled after apreliminary hearing Friday there is sufficientevidence to try him on counts including first-degree burglary,kidnapping,taking a child froma lawful custodian,child endangerment andpossessing a stolen motor vehicle.At the same hearing,Judge Lisa Novak alsodenied a defense request to lower all thefelonies to misdemeanors.Maffei cried during thehearing,said DistrictAttorney Steve Wagstaffe.On Sept. 4,2012,the 43-year-old man allegedly took his 3-year-old daughter and2-year-old son from theirmother’s South SanFrancisco home and sailedaway on a yacht he’d stolenfrom an Alameda marina.Authorities located the 41-foot boat,which had run out of fuel and,afterhours of monitoring,the Coast Guard escortedthe vessel into Santa Cruz Harbor.The children were unharmed and Maffei wastaken into custody.As Maffei took the children,his ex-girlfriendand the children’s mother was at the San MateoCounty Superior Court filing a restraining orderrequest against him.Maffei has said in earlier court appearancesthat he took the children to prevent them fromabuse.He remains in custody in lieu of $500,000bail and returns to court Feb. 20 to enter aSuperior Court plea and possibly set a trial date.
Dad to trial for taking boat, children

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