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Published by: San Mateo Daily Journal on Feb 05, 2013
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By Heather Murtagh
Extending and possibly increasing two par-cel taxes that support the Belmont-RedwoodShores Elementary School District could beon a future ballot but officials may first needtime to better understand financial changescoming from the state.Currently,Belmont-Redwood Shores hastwo parcel taxes. Measure G,a $96 a year par-cel tax for 10 years,passed in 2004. It gener-ates about $1.2 million annually. In 2008,vot-ers passed Measure U,a seven-year $78 annu-al tax that brings in about $950,000 per year.Both will end by the 2015-16 school year. OnThursday,the board will hold a public hearingto discuss extending and possibly increasingthe parcel tax amounts.When the conversations started last year,the district’s future budget looked like it need-ed a boost. Last month,Gov. Jerry Brownsuggested changes in school funding. Theimpacts of the new system make budgeting achallenge for most districts. So,while theboard will continue to talk about a parcel tax,it will most likely gain a better understandingof the state changes prior to asking voters toconsider extending the tax measures,saidboard President Robert Tashjian.Before making any decisions,there will becommunity polling.The district began talking about the possi-bility of a new measure in 2011. A poll com-pleted late last year showed a moderate baseof voter support for a parcel tax measure.However,without support strong enough topass such a measure,the polling companies
Belmont-Redwood Shores considering new tax
School parcel taxes expiring soon,district to weigh state finance changes
Police unveil newschool safety plan
Redwood City to focus on protectionof middle and elementary students
Redwood City schools have anew safety plan meant to pre-vent and react to campus vio-lence in the wake of severalrecent shootings throughout thecounty,the city’s police and firedepartments announcedMonday.The Redwood City PoliceDepartment actually begandevising the new safety strategyseveral weeks prior to the stringof violence and its need solidi-fied even more greatly after,according to yesterday’sannouncement.The plan is a multi-phaseapproach that includes collabo-rative training of schools’staff and a large-scale preparednessexercise involving the depart-ments,school staff and other
• On-site safety lecturesto school staff byexperts on how toimmediately respondto campus threatswhile awaiting policeresponse;• A drill by school staff of those lessons;• Refining existingemergency responsecontingency plans andtraining levels to boosteffective response;• Develop synchronizedresponse plans.
Plan’s othercomponents
Citizen’s arrests madeat Planned Parenthood
Pro-lifeadvocate Ross Foti accusesvolunteer clinic escort of assault
By Bill Silverfarb
Abortion foe Ross Foti claims he wasassaulted by a volunteer escort at thePlanned Parenthood clinic in San Mateoyesterday morning as he was passing outleaflets to a patient.Since police,however,did not witnessthe incident at the Baywood Avenue clinic,
Venture capitalist Tim Draper talks with San Mateo Councilman Jack Matthews,right,last night after the council approvedhis university for entrepreneurs downtown.
By Bill Silverfarb
The Draper University of Heroes waswelcomed with mostly open arms by theSan Mateo City Council last night as itapproved permits that will transform theformer Benjamin Franklin Hotel down-town into an innovative school for youngentrepreneurs.After the council voted 4-1 to approvethe project,high-fives were exchangedand hands were shaken as venture capi-talist Tim Draper left City Hall with abig smile on his face.The nearly four-hour public hearingended after university officials agreed todouble its contribution to downtown’stransportation management plan and tokeep the historic terrazzo-tiled floor inthe hotel’s entryway intact.“I have to start this school. It’s tooexciting. I sure hope you guys let me dothis in San Mateo,Draper said beforethe council vote.He has pledged $1 million to improve-ments to the courtyard that connects theBen Frank to Third and Fourth avenues,where the old Wachovia Bank buildingsits,which also comprises the universi-ty’s campus along with the formerCollective Antiques building on Third
Draper Universitymakes the grade
San Mateo City Council gives the OK for downtown school
Ross Foti
Vol XII,Edition 147
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Comedian TimMeadows is 52.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Services were held at ArlingtonNational Cemetery for U.S. Army Col.William B. Nolde,the last officialAmerican combat casualty before theVietnam cease-fire took effect.
“Men do not desire to be rich,but to be richer than other men.” 
— John Stuart Mill,English philosopher (1806-1873)
Actor ChristopherGuest is 65.Singer BobbyBrown is 44.
In other news ...Birthdays
Alain Robert of France,who is known as ‘Spiderman,’climbs up the Habana Libre hotel as a child looks out a window inHavana,Cuba.
:Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog inthe morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Westwinds 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in thelower 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
:Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Wednesday night:
Mostly clear in the evening then becomingmostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers.
Local Weather Forecast
A photo caption for the story “Vets wait years for benefits”in the Feb. 4 edition of the Daily Journal had incorrect infor-mation. The man in the photo is Thomas Vannoni of SanBruno.
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.05 CaliforniaClassic in first place;No.08 Gorgeous George insecond place;and No.02 Lucky Star in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:49.36.
(Answers tomorrow)CRYPTMADLYMEDLEYAPPEARYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:She thought the new glasses were —“EYE-DEAL”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 1783,
Sweden recognized the independence of the UnitedStates.
In 1811,
George,the Prince of Wales,was named Prince Regentdue to the mental illness of his father,Britain’s King George III.
In 1887,
Verdi’s opera “Otello”premiered at La Scala.
In 1917,
Congress passed,over President Woodrow Wilson’sveto,an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians.Mexico’s constitution was adopted.
In 1922
,the first edition of Reader’s Digest was published.
In 1937,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasingthe number of U.S. Supreme Court justices; the proposal,whichfailed in Congress,had critics accusing Roosevelt of attemptingto “pack”the nation’s highest court.
In 1940,
Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded “TuxedoJunction”for RCA Victor’s Bluebird label.
In 1953,
Walt Disney’s animated feature “Peter Pan”was firstreleased.
In 1967,
“The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”premiered onCBS-TV.
In 1971
,Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchellstepped onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunarexcursions.
In 1983,
former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie,expelledfrom Bolivia,was brought to Lyon ,France,to stand trial. (Hewas convicted of war crimes and sentenced to life in prison; hedied in 1991.)
In 1988,
the Arizona House impeached Gov. Evan Mecham,setting the stage for his trial in the state Senate,where he wasconvicted of obstructing justice and misusing funds.
Ten years ago:
Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N.Security Council to move against Saddam Hussein,saying Iraqhad failed to disarm,was harboring terrorists and was hidingbehind a “web of lies.”Country singer Claude King is 90. The Rev. Andrew M. Greeleyis 85. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron is 79. Actor StuartDamon is 76. Tony-winning playwright John Guare is 75.Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 74. Actor David Selby is 72.Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 72. Football Hall-of-FamerRoger Staubach is 71. Singer Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) is 71.Movie director Michael Mann is 70. Rock singer Al Kooper is 69.Actress Charlotte Rampling is 67. Racing Hall-of-Famer DarrellWaltrip is 66. Actress Barbara Hershey is 65. Actor Tom Wilkinsonis 65. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 51. Actress Laura Linney is49. Rock musician Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) is 49.
Officials eye use of state helicopter at game
SACRAMENTO — State officials areinvestigating the use of a Department of Justice helicopter at a high school home-coming football game in NorthernCalifornia.KCRA-TV reported Thursday that topofficials at the DOJ did not know the hel-icopter — usually flown for drug busts— was being used to hover over thegame in El Dorado Hills.The incident was caught on video anduploaded to YouTube. The station says itshowed a DOJ agent dropping a footballfrom the helicopter to his son,a player,on the field.The cost to taxpayers for use of thechopper was between $900 and $1,300for the stunt,not including the cost of personnel used to fly the aircraft.Larry Wallace,director of law enforce-ment for the DOJ,said he will now per-sonally approve any authorized use of the helicopter.
‘Cookie Monster’sendssecond note in sculpture theft
BERLIN — Police in Germany saysomeone dressed as the Cookie Monsterhas sent a second note regarding a stolencookie sculpture — this time saying hewants to return it.But officials aren’t sure the person inthe photo actually stole the 20-kilogram(44 pound),century-old sculpture.The gilded bronze item was part of astatue outside German cookie bakerBahlsen’s Hannover office,and it wasreported stolen last month.The Hannover police’s statement saysa local newspaper on Monday received apicture of someone dressed like theSesame Street character holding whatappears to be the stolen cookie.The enclosed note is written in cut-outletters.An earlier letter demanded that cook-ies be delivered to children at a city hos-pital,but the new note made no demands.
Porn star Jeremy likelyto be in hospital a while
LOS ANGELES — Porn star RonJeremy’s agent says the prolific actor willlikely stay at a Los Angeles hospital awhile to recover froman aneurysm near hisheart.Agent MikeEsterman saysJeremy isn’t allowedto receive visitors ordeliveries followinga procedure atCedars-SinaiMedical Center lastweek. Esterman says he doesn’t expectthe 59-year-old to leave the hospital“for some time.”Jeremy had a heavy feeling in his chestand drove himself to the hospital lastWednesday.One of the best-known names in theporn industry,Jeremy has said he hasappeared in more than 2,000 adult films.While officially retired,he still shows upin films and public events,and appearedin the reality TV series “The SurrealLife.”
 Joe Pesci settles disputeover ‘Gotti’film payday
LOS ANGELES — Joe Pesci has set-tled a lawsuit filed against a companyplanning a biopic onthe Gotti crime fami-ly.The Oscar-winnersued Fiore Films inJuly 2011 claimingthe filmmakersreneged on a deal fora $3 million role inthe film and wereoffering him a lesserpart in the project and a lower payday.Pesci’s attorney Jessica Trotter con-firmed Monday that a settlement hadbeen reached in the case but said shecould not provide any details.Michael Froch,an attorney for FioreFilms,said he could only confirm thecase had been dismissed.Pesci’s lawsuit stated the actor gained30 pounds in anticipation of playing achildhood friend and enforcer of crimeboss John Gotti Sr.
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Suspicious person.
Two intoxicated peoplewere found on the overpass on PeninsulaAvenue and North Humboldt Street before10:47 p.m. on Thursday,Jan. 31.
A person drove off without pro-viding information after a car accident on EastThird Avenue and South Norkolk Street before7:24 p.m. on Thursday,Jan. 31.
Stolen vehicle.
A vehicle was stolen on the1700 block of Pierce Street before 9:13 a.m.on Thursday,Jan. 31.
A garage was broken into and abicycle was stolen from a home on the 1300block of Palos Verdes Drive before 8:13 a.m.on Wednesday,Jan. 30.
. A car was stolen from an apartmentbuilding’s garage on the 900 block of ElCamino Real before 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday,Jan. 22.
Recovered vehicle.
Police recovered a stolenvehicle on the 1000 block of Cadillac Waybefore 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday,Jan. 22.
. A person was cited for driving with-out a license on the 1200 block of BayshoreHighway before 9:12 p.m. on Monday,Jan.21.
. A person was arrested for domesticviolence on the 1900 block of Garden Drivebefore 7:55 p.m. on Sunday,Jan. 20.
Police reports
It was only fare
Police mediated a dispute between a cabdriver and a customer on the 1300 block of Bayshore Highway in Redwood Citybefore 1:59 a.m. on Sunday,Jan. 20.
By Michelle Durand
The Japanese diplomat accused of abusinghis wife with a string of assaults,includingstabbing her in the hand with a small screw-driver and pushing her from a car,will be sen-tenced next month for two felony counts of domestic violence.Yoshiaki Nagaya,33,was scheduledMonday for a sentencing hearing at whichhe’ll face up to a year in jail. However,hisattorney asked for more time to translate fromJapanese to English some mitigating docu-ments and prosecutors did not object,saidDistrict Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.The hearing was reset for March 18.Nagaya was originally charged with morethan a dozen counts of domestic violence forinjuries his wife,Yuka,documented in photo-graphs. He was on his way toward a Feb. 4trial when in mid-December he abruptlypleaded no contest to the two charges — onefor a May 3,2011 incident in which hebruised her arm and a Jan.21,2011 incident in whichhe punched his wife —fracturing a tooth — andshoved her face into a mat-tress.Although prosecutorsdropped the other charges,a judge was allowed toconsider them for sentenc-ing purposes.Nagaya is the vice con-sul at the Japanese consulate in San Franciscobut he and his wife moved to San Bruno. Thecase drew Japanese media to San MateoCounty and saw several bizarre moments dur-ing a five-day preliminary hearing last fall,including the abrupt quitting of one translatorand Yuka Nagaya trying to secretly record hertestimony for a civil attorney. Consulatemembers were also chastised by the judge notto intimidate Yuka Nagaya during her testi-mony.Yuka Nagaya testified that the couple,whohad married in April 2010,often quarreledover suspicions he was having a relationshipwith a fellow consul employee. The allegedabuse began when they lived in San Franciscoand continued after they moved to San Bruno.She said between January 2011 and March 31,2012,her husband hit her over the head with alaptop,stabbed her hand with a miniaturescrewdriver,poured milk over her head andstruck her face so hard she later lost a tooth.San Bruno police arrested Nagaya April 1after she said he threw her from a car in theparking lot of their San Bruno apartment.During the preliminary hearing,prosecutorspresented photographs Yuka Nagaya took of the injuries.Nagaya is free from custody on $350,000cash bail and remains employed with the con-sulate in San Francisco.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102.
 Japanese official delays sentence for abusing wife
By Michelle Durand
A Daly City parolee suspicious his girlfriendwas cheating held her under hot water to know“what the fires of hell are like”and forced her3-year-old son to bite her twice,according toprosecutors.Prosecutors say a cable technician whoarrived at the home saw Marcus Randel Smith,40,pushing the woman around and heard herquietly beg him not to leave her but he did exitout of fear. The woman was able to escape to aneighbor’s home to call police which led toSmith’s arrest Feb. 24,2012.Smith has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping,forced oral copulation,assault with a deadlyweapon,false imprisonment and child’sendangerment. He is scheduled for jury trialMay 18 and faces life in prison if convicted asa third striker. He has prior convictions formaking felony threats and abusing a previousgirlfriend.“It was the same type of thing,accusing herof cheating and inflicting abuse. This is a badguy,”said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.In the newest case,prosecutors say Smith’sgirlfriend of several months and her young sonwent to his Daly City home where he became“enraged with jealousy”and accused her of being unfaithful. Smith forced her into a bed-room to inspect her body for proof of the infi-delity and also assaulted her and made the boybite her twice,Wagstaffe said.He also allegedly threatened to kill her andforced her under hot water while saying it rep-resented the fires of hell before he sexuallyassaulted her,Wagstaffe said.The woman allegedly begged a cable servicetechnician knocking on the door for help buthe left. Smith reportedly threatened the womanwith a baseball bat,again threatening to killher,but she was able to run from the home.The woman is fully cooperating with author-ities,Wagstaffe said.The cable technician had no legal duty to aidthe woman or contact police,he added.Defense attorney Paul DeMeester could notbe reached for comment.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102.
Three-striker charged with abusing girlfriend
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