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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XII,Edition 160
Insurancefraud netsyear in jail
Business owner must also paymore than $2M in restitution
By Michelle Durand
The owner of a San Mateo pest and jan-itorial services company who prosecutorssay under-reported more than $10 millionof payroll to avoid paying more than $2million in workers’compensation insur-ance was sentenced yesterday to a year in jail and ordered to repay the money.Teresa Reif,34,faced up to 17 years inprison after pleading no contest in April to eight various countsof fraud without any sentencing promises. On Tuesday,JudgeCraig Parson instead handed down the year jail followed byfive years supervised probation. She must also repay$1,651,148 to the State Compensation Insurance Fund and$451,310 to Berkshire Hathaway.
Four plead no contestin fight with neighbor
A Redwood City woman,two daughtersand a friend took plea deals yesterdayrather than stand trial for reportedlyassaulting a 21-year-old neighbor whothey accused of saying something abouttheir mother.Anabel Aguilar,25 pleaded no contestto felony assault in return for 60 days jailwhile her mother,Maria Delcarmen
By Bill Silverfarb
The Plaza in Foster City,a new mini-neighborhood at Pilgrim and Tritondrives,is set to have its grand openinglater this month and some city officialslike the project so much they say it willset a new standard for future develop-ments in the city.With not much “dirt”left to develop inFoster City and the loss of itsRedevelopment Agency,the project rep-resents one of the last the city will sup-port financially to build affordable hous-ing in the city.“They have spared no expense. It isabsolutely gorgeous,Mayor PamFrisella told the Daily Journal yesterday.Frisella is impressed by the project.She said it could influence what herexpectations are for Foster City’s lastmajor vacant piece of land,the 15-acresite adjacent to City Hall that is set for amixed-use development.“They have set the bar high with theconstruction and amenities. I’m reallyimpressed,”Frisella said about theSares-Regis project.The Plaza,the first phase of a largerproject,features more than 300 multi-
High praise for The Plaza
Mixed-used development to open soon in Foster City
Rendering of The Plaza in Foster City.
 The San Mateo-Foster City School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote to apply for a magnet grant that calls for movingParkside Elementary School into a program focusing on science,technology,engineering and math.
By Heather Murtagh
Parents are irked about plans to phaseout the Montessori program at ParksideElementary School and convert the SanMateo campus into a program focusingon science,technology,engineering andmath,which they say are being put for-ward without their input.On Thursday,the San Mateo-FosterCity School District Board of Trustees isscheduled to vote to apply for a magnetgrant that calls for moving Parkside to asingle focus by implementing a STEMprogram science,technology,engi-
Parents,district at odds over school’s focus
Proposal would phase out Parkside’s Montessori program,introduce new curriculum
Teresa Reif Anabel Aguilar
The San Mateo Daily Journal
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Newspaper heiressPatricia Hearst is 59.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
A fire sparked by pyrotechnics brokeout during a concert by the group GreatWhite at The Station nightclub in WestWarwick,R.I.,killing 100 people andinjuring about 200 others.
“There is no hope of joy except in human relations.” 
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery,French author (1900-1944)
Actor SidneyPoitier is 86.Singer Rihanna is25.
A swimmer dives into the icy water of the Houhai Lake in central Beijing,China.
:Partly cloudy. Highs in themid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday night
:Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest windsaround 20 mph.
:Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming partly cloudy. Highs in themid 50s. North winds 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday night
:Partly cloudy in the evening then becomingmostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. North winds 5 to 15mph.
:Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.
Friday night and Saturday
:Mostly cloudy. A slight chanceof showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the lower 50s.
Saturday night
:Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.02 LuckyStar in first place;No.01 Gold Rush in secondplace;and No.05 California Classic in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:42.87.
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by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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In 1792,
President George Washington signed an act creatingthe U.S. Post Office.
In 1809,
the Supreme Court ruled that no state legislaturecould annul the judgments or determine the jurisdictions of federal courts.
In 1839
,Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
In 1862
,William Wallace Lincoln,the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln,died at the White House,apparently of typhoid fever.
In 1907,
President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigrationact which excluded “idiots,imbeciles,feebleminded persons,epileptics,insane persons”from being admitted to the UnitedStates.
In 1933,
Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to the U.S.Constitution to repeal Prohibition.
In 1938
,Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretaryfollowing Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s decision tonegotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
In 1944,
during World War II,U.S. bombers began raidingGerman aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacksthat became known as “Big Week.”
In 1962
,astronaut John Glenn became the first American toorbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project Mercury’s Friendship7 spacecraft.
In 1965
,the Ranger 8 spacecraft crashed on the moon,asplanned,after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunarsurface.
In 1971
,the National Emergency Warning Center in Coloradoerroneously ordered U.S. radio and TV stations off the air;some stations heeded the alert,which was not lifted for about40 minutes.Gloria Vanderbilt is 89. Author-screenwriter Richard Mathesonis 87. Racing Hall of Famer Bobby Unser is 79. Actress MarjDusay is 77. Jazz-soul singer Nancy Wilson is 76. Racing Hall of Famer Roger Penske is 76. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 72. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito is 71. SenateMinority Leader Mitch McConnell,R-Ky.,is 71. Movie directorMike Leigh is 70. Actress Brenda Blethyn is 67. Actress SandyDuncan is 67. Rock musician J. Geils is 67. Actor Peter Straussis 66. Rock singer-musician-producer Walter Becker (SteelyDan) is 63. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is 62.Country singer Kathie Baillie is 62.Before the introduction of tea fromChina,the English drank tea made fromcatnip.***Judy Garland (1922-1969) was the low-est paid star in the 1939 movie “Wizardof Oz.”***South Dakota is a leader in honey pro-duction. In recognition of its impor-tance to the state’s farm economy,thehoneybee was adopted as the stateinsect in 1978.***The United States devotes about 29 per-cent of its total land area to forests.Alaska has 22 million acres of forest,the most of all 50 states. California hasthe second most forestland with 20.6million acres. Idaho is third,with 20.4million acres of forest.***Do you know what is special about thissentence? We promptly judged antiqueivory buckles for the next prize. Seeanswer at end.***Automatic electric bread makingmachines were introduced in 1992.***Each week,Americans spend $90 mil-lion playing Bingo.***Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieuon May 1,1967 at the Aladdin Hotel inLas Vegas. Elvis was 32,Priscilla was21.***More Kraft macaroni and cheese is soldin Canada than in any other country.***The artwork of Pablo Picasso between1901 to 1904 is called his “BluePeriod.Picasso’s friend Casagemascommitted suicide. The artist was alsoaway from home for the first time,andliving in poor conditions. His paintings,done almost entirely in blue,expressedhis depression.***The turkey trot,popular in the early1900s,was almost banned. Dancersbob their heads like strutting turkeys.Some people felt the dance was demor-alizing.***You would weigh more than a trillionpounds on a neutron star.***The Baby Ruth candy bar was namedfor President Grover Cleveland’sdaughter Ruth (1891-1904),who wasborn while Cleveland lived in the WhiteHouse. In 1923,as a promotional stunt,Baby Ruth candy bars were droppedfrom airplanes over many U.S. cities.Each candy bar had a tiny parachuteattached to it.***The 10 story Wainwright Building inSt. Louis,Mo.,was the first skyscraperin the United States. The building wascompleted in 1891.***The word “assassination”was inventedby William Shakespeare.***The green pigment in plants is calledchlorophyll.***There are over half a million species of beetles.***Wooden baseball bats weigh between 2and 3 pounds. Wooden bats are com-monly made from ash wood,however,maple,pine and hickory are also used.***Doris Day (born 1924) recorded the hitsong “Hooray for Hollywood”in 1959.***
:It is a holalphabetic sentence,which is a sentence that contains everyletter of the alphabet. Another one is:The quick brown fox jumps over thelazy dog.
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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Suspicious circumstances.
Two men werereportedly dragging another man on RedwoodAvenue before 10:24 p.m. Friday,Feb. 15.
Suspicious circumstances
. Seven men wear-ing black hoodies fired shots on El CaminoReal before 11:52 p.m. Wednesday,Feb. 13.
Suspicious person.
A suspicious man wasknocking on doors on Farm Hill Boulevardbefore 10:03 p.m. Wednesday,Feb. 13.
. Someone reported their purse wastaken from their vehicle on Whipple Avenuebefore 3:22 p.m. Wednesday,Feb. 13.
Suspicious person.
A woman wearing a white jacket was trying to sell marijuana on AldenStreet before 5:21 p.m. Tuesday,Feb. 12.
Stolen vehicle.
A blue Chevrolet 1500 wasstolen on Warren Street before 8:25 a.m.Tuesday,Feb. 12.
. Someone reported their home beingransacked on Stanley Street before 1:22 p.m.Monday,Feb. 11.
Suspicious person.
A man knocked on some-one’s door at 5:30 p.m. asking if she neededrepairs on her house on 500 block of RedwoodAvenue. After he left,another man knocked onher door asking the same thing before 7:19p.m. Wednesday,Feb. 13.
Grand theft.
A man left his laptop on the roof his vehicle and when he went back it was goneon 900 block of Sneath Avenue before 9:24p.m. Tuesday,Feb. 12.
Suspicious circumstances.
A man reportedthat his wife stepped on two hypodermic nee-dles that were sticking out of a drain in thewomen’s rest room on 400 block of ThirdAvenue before 4:23 p.m. Monday,Feb. 11.
Police reports
Dude,where’s my car?
Police found a car for a owner who forgotwhere she parked on the 1400 block of Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame before12:42 p.m. Wednesday,Feb. 13.
Elected officials with the SequoiaHealthcare District are bracing for uncertaintyas they grapple with the implications of thefederal Affordable Care Act and whether newstrategies should be developed as it supportsthe health-care needs of residents in southernSan Mateo County.The board recently reorganized with Dr.Jerry Shefren being appointed president totake over for Kim Griffin and Art Faro beingnamed vice president. Katie Kane was alsorenamed the district’s secretary-treasurer at itsFeb. 6 board meeting.At the same meeting,the district’s Chief Financial Officer Lee Michelson reported thatthe district last year spent $10.3 million onprograms while collecting $8.3 million in taxrevenues. A contractual payment from DignityHealth,operator of Sequoia Hospital,andreserves provided the balance of spending,hereported in his State of the District speech.Dignity Health is the new name for the for-mer Catholic Healthcare West which boughtSequoia Hospital from the district in 1996.Shefren praised the district’s recent direc-tion in terms of tightercontrols on how grants aregiven and pledged carefuloversight of taxpayermoney.“As for the future,in thenext two to three years theboard has to understandthe implications of theAffordable Care Act andhow it affects the care-delivery systems in the district which mayrequire changes in our strategy. We have tomake sure that our activities are in sync withthe major changes that will be occurring inhealth care,Shefren wrote in a statement.Faro wants to make sure as many residentsas possible have access to critical health-careservices.“There are many loopholes in our healthcare delivery system. As best we can,the dis-trict should ensure that no citizen in our dis-trict goes without preventive and curativecare,Faro wrote in a statement.Jack Hickey,who has consistently called forthe district’s dissolution,rounds out the board.The district provides major funding tonumerous nonprofit community health organ-izations that directly assist more than 50,000women,children and seniors in the district,which includes the cities of Atherton,Belmont,Menlo Park,Portola Valley,Redwood City,San Carlos,Woodside andportions of San Mateo and Foster City fromSkyline Boulevard to the Bay.In other health care news:Sequoia Hospitalannounced yesterday that it is one of thenation’s 50 best hospitals for 2013 as meas-ured by Healthgrades,an online resource thathelps consumers search,evaluate,compareand connect with physicians and hospitals.Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitalsnationwide — reviewing and analyzing clini-cal performance across 27 common proce-dures and diagnoses — to determine thenation’s best performing hospitals based onobjective measures of clinical quality. To berecognized with this distinction,according toHealthgrades,hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates thatwere among the lowest 5 percent in the nationfor a minimum of seven years. This is the firstyear that Sequoia Hospital has achieved thisdesignation.
District braces for major changes to health care
Sequoia Healthcare District appoints new leaders;touts program spending
Gerald Shefren
Redwood City has hired a former senioradvisor and project leader for the county asassistant city manager,a newly created role tooversee operations of the office along withhuman resources and public information,thecity announced yesterday.Audrey Ramberg will begin March 18 andwas plucked from a candidate pool of morethan 100 candidates,according to CityManager Bob Bell.“I know she’ll excel as a crucial member of our executive team,”Bell said in a preparedstatement. “Audrey offers Redwood City awide range of experience and success inevery aspect of municipal management,and agreat combination of skills,talent and knowl-edge.”Ramberg most recently worked for thecounty and has a total of 22 years in publicservice including positions as assistant citymanager in Menlo Park,assistant to the city man-ager in Palo Alto andassistant to the San MateoCounty manager.Ramberg also holdsdegrees from Stanford andDuke universities and wasfounder/director of Peninsula Partnership forChildren,Youth andFamilies.Ramberg said the city is an “excellent fit”with her experience and interests.“I want to work with people who thrive oncontinuous improvement,who take very seri-ously their commitment to the community,and who are proud of the excellent servicesthey provide — and that describes the peoplewho work for Redwood City,”Ramberg saidin the announcement of her hiring.Ramberg’s role includes strategic planningand citywide process improvement initia-tives. She will also serve in the city manager’sabsence.Ramberg will earn $191,112 and receivethe same city benefits as other executive-levelemployees.
New assistant manager named in Redwood City
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