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04/21/2014

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
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WEEKENDJOURNAL PAGES 17-22
 THIS YEAR’S FLU SHOT IS DOING DISMAL JOB OF HELPINGSENIOR CITIZENS
853 Industrial Rd. Ste E, San Carlos
652-388-8836
www.cinnabarhome.com
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Stuart James Forrest,the formerSan Mateo County chief probationofficer who retired after federalinvestigators raided his office inDecember on suspicion he pos-sessed child pornography,allegedlyhad more than 400 images and yes-terday wascharged withtwo felonies.Forrest ischarged withtwo counts of possessing —once on Dec. 20and another onDec. 21 — mat-ter involving a person under the ageof 18 having or simulating sexualconduct or exposing their privateareas,according to the complaintfiled Feb. 21 by the state AttorneyGeneral’s Office.Forrest,who was placed on a psy-chiatric hold after attempting to killhimself shortly following the searchof his home and office,is currentlyfree from custody and expected tosurrender himself. The AttorneyGeneral’s Office declined to com-ment further on the charges or whenForrest may turn himself in,accord-ing to spokeswoman LyndaGledhill.The investigation into Forrest’salleged conduct involved severalagencies,with the U.S. PostalService taking the lead because itmay have involved material sentthrough the mail. The U.S. AttorneyGeneral’s Office declined to handlethe prosecution and local prosecu-tors asked the state to take overbecause of Forrest’s previous posi-tion in San Mateo County and
Former probation chief charged with child porn
Stuart Forrest allegedly had more than 400 images on a USB drive and a laptop computer
Board postpones vote to change school’s focus
Stuart Forrest
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A maintenance worker left in acoma after a November accident ontrain tracks in South San Franciscois suing the Peninsula Corridor JointPowers Board and two other compa-nies for negligence,according to acomplaint filed in San MateoCounty Superior Court.The complaint alleges mainte-nance worker Jose Salazar’s injurieswere caused by the negligence of the JPB to provide sufficient super-vision,manpower,equipment andtools for the work required andfailed to provide necessary andappropriate training and updatedequipment and practices so thatSalazar and his coworkers couldsafely perform the work.Salazar was beginning to repairand replace a rail due to an earlierderailment Nov. 8 when his cowork-ers attempted to pick up and move a39-foot piece of rail weighingapproximately 1,768 pounds with a
Worker suesCaltrain aftermajor injury
Man needed brain surgeryand suffered broken back 
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A decision to change the focus of Parkside Elementary School —from Montessori to science,tech-nology,engineering and math —was postponed last night to allowparent input that wasn’t soughtbefore the recommendation wasoriginally placed before the SanMateo-Foster City School DistrictBoard of Trustees.Superintendent Cynthia Simmssuggested the board pull the item toapply for a magnet grant that callsfor moving Parkside to a single
Parents are upset withlack of communication
HEATHER MURTAGH/DAILY JOURNAL
 The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers designed and built a floating breakwater system attached to the end of fourdocks that absorb the waves and keep the water still at the Oyster Point Marina in South San Francisco.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Bigger vessels can use the OysterPoint Harbor while keeping theimpact of waves to a minimum dueto a new breakwater system,whichwill be celebrated with a ribbon-cut-ting ceremony today.The $7.8 million project wascompleted in January by the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers in aneffort to improve navigationalaccess to the 600-berth marina inSouth San Francisco. Working inpartnership with the San MateoCounty Harbor District,the
Oyster Point gets new breakwater system
Calm waters at South San Francisco harbormeans access for larger vessels
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Friday
Feb.22,2013
Vol XII,Edition 162
 
FOR THE RECORD2
Friday
Feb.22,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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Actor PaulLieberstein is 46.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1582
Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull,or edict,outlining his calendar reforms.(The Gregorian Calendar is the calendarin general use today.)
“Three things in human life areimportant:the first is to be kind;the second is to be kind;and the third is to be kind.” 
— Henry James,American author (1843-1916)
White Houseadviser DavidAxelrod is 58.Singer JamesBlunt is 36.
In other news ...Birthdays
Eighteen traffic officers from around San Mateo County participated in the San Mateo County Saturation EnforcementProgram (S.T.E.P.) on Wednesday.The program focused on traffic enforcement in San Carlos,Belmont and Redwood Shores.Officers made more than 225 stops and issued 211 citations.
Friday
:Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph increasing towest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Friday night:
Mostly cloudy. A slightchance of rain. Lows in the lower 40s. Westwinds 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday:
Mostly cloudy. A slight chanceof rain in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Saturday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows around 40. Northwestwinds 10 to 20 mph...Becoming north 5 to 10 mph after mid-night.
Sunday
:Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.Sunday night through Thursday:Partly cloudy. Lows in thelower 40s. Highs in the upper 50s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.09 Win-ning Spirit in first place;No.11 Money Bags insecond place;and No.04 Big Ben in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:40.56.
(Answers tomorrow)GRAFTADAGE DEFEATHOOFEDYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:After hiking down to the bottom of the GrandCanyon, they — GORGEDNow 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 1803,
in its Marbury v. Madison decision,the SupremeCourt established judicial review of the constitutionality of statutes.
In 1821
,Mexican rebels proclaimed the “Plan de Iguala,theirdeclaration of independence from Spain.
In 1863
,Arizona was organized as a territory.
In 1912,
the American Jewish women’s organization Hadassahwas founded in New York City.
In 1920,
the German Workers Party,which later became theNazi Party,met in Munich to adopt its platform.
In 1938
,the first nylon bristle toothbrush,manufactured byDuPont under the name “Dr. West’s Miracle Toothbrush,wenton sale. (Previously,toothbrush bristles were made from ani-mal hair.)
In 1942
,the SS Struma,a charter ship attempting to carryJewish refugees from Romania to Palestine during World WarII,was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine; all but one of the 769refugees on board perished.
In 1961,
the Federal Communications Commission authorizedthe nation’s first full-scale trial of pay television in Hartford,Conn.
In 1983,
a congressional commission released a report con-demning the internment of Japanese-Americans during WorldWar II as a “grave injustice.”
In 1988,
in a ruling that expanded legal protections for parodyand satire,the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a$150,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won againstHustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt.
Ten years ago:
Seeking U.N. approval for war against Iraq,theUnited States,Britain and Spain submitted a resolution to theSecurity Council declaring that Saddam Hussein had missed“the final opportunity”to disarm peacefully and indicating thathe had to face the consequences.Actor Paul Dooley is 85. Hollywood “ghost singer”MarniNixon is 83. Movie director Jonathan Demme is 69. Actor JohnAshton is 65. Actress Miou-Miou is 63. Actress Julie Walters is63. Actress Ellen Greene is 62. Former Sen. Bill Frist,R-Tenn.,is 61. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 54. World Golf Hall of FamerVijay Singh is 50. Actress-comedian Rachel Dratch is 47.Actress Jeri Ryan is 45. Actor Thomas Jane is 44. Actress TamaraMello is 43. Actress-singer Lea Salonga is 42. Actor Jose Solanois 42. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer Michael Chang is 41.Rock musician Scott Phillips is 40. Actress Liza Huber is 38.Rock singer Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s) is 34.
Hillsborough mansion hasunusual sale requirement
As if the $100 million asking pricewasn’t deterrent enough,the owner of amansion for sale in a ritzy SanFrancisco suburb says the buyer canmove in only after his death.The unusual arrangement is for a16,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home on more than 45 acres inHillsborough.The owner,76-year-old Christian deGuigne IV,was born and raised in thehome and doesn’t plan to turn it over tothe new owner until he dies.Sotheby’s International Realty agentGregg Lynn says the arrangement wascommon for property traded up untilthe 20th century. He called the estate aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity.Another home nearby recently soldfor $117.5 million.
Boy,trying toavoid bedtime,calls 911
BROCKTON,Mass. — Police inMassachusetts say a 10-year-old boycalled 911 because he didn’t want to goto bed.Brockton police say the boy made theemergency call just after 8 p.m.Wednesday and told the dispatcher hewas calling to report his motherbecause he did not want to go to bed.There was no emergency.The Enterprise reports that accordingto the police log,an officer went to theboy’s home and explained to him whenit’s appropriate — and when it’s not —to call 911.No one was charged.
Possible mammoth tooth foundin waters offNew Hampshire
RYE,N.H. — A New Hampshirefisherman has discovered whale verte-brae,porpoise skulls and an old fueltank that he thought was a treasurechest. Now,he may have hit the bigtime:a possible mammoth tooth.Mike Anderson of Rye was fishingfor scallops near Rye Harbor onTuesday when he winched up thedredge he trawls behind his boat andnoticed a 6-inch,triangular object amidthe scallop shells and rocks.“We knew right off it was a toothbecause it has a nerve at the top,”hetold the Portsmouth Herald.Will Clyde,a University of NewHampshire associate professor of geol-ogy,said it may be a fossilized mam-moth tooth.He said mammoth and mastodonbones have been dragged up before innearby waters,although they’re morecommonly found in the western andsouthern parts of the country. He wantsto take a closer look,he told Anderson’sco-worker,Shane Nicols,in an email.But closer examination will have towait. Clyde is in Argentina on sabbati-cal until June.Anderson said he pulled the oddobject from a depth of about 120 feetabout eight miles south of the harbor.He said it was the weirdest thing he hasever snared,although previous findsinclude whale vertebrae and porpoiseskulls. He also has found the body of adrowned kayaker.Anderson said he would really like tofind a tusk next.
Penguin found strandedon New Zealand beach dies
WELLINGTON,New Zealand — Aroyal penguin found stranded on a NewZealand beach has died.The penguin was found Sunday byhikers. It was emaciated and sufferingkidney failure and was taken to theWellington Zoo.It was just the fourth time over thepast 100 years that a royal penguin hasbeen found on the North Island of NewZealand. They generally live more than1,000 miles away around MacquarieIsland,about halfway between NewZealand and Antarctica.Lisa Argilla,the veterinary sciencemanager at the zoo,said Friday thatthey suspect the penguin suffered mul-tiple organ failure. It was severelyunderweight,she said,and had noreserves.She said the zoo did the best it could.
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LOCAL
BURLINGAME
Vandalism
. Someone reported graffiti on pub-lic property at the intersection of Cadillac Wayand Carolan Avenue before 9:49 p.m. Sunday,Feb. 17.
Vandalism
. Someone reported their car wasegged on the 1500 block of Cabrillo Avenuebefore 5:51 p.m. Sunday,Feb. 17.
Vandalism
. Someone reported their car wasscratched and that a mirror was broken off onthe 1100 block of Dufferin Avenue before12:16 p.m. Saturday,Feb. 16.
Suspicious activity.
A revolver was found in arental car on the 1400 block of Rollins Roadbefore 5:52 p.m. Friday,Feb. 15.
Burglary
. Someone reported their back doorhad been tampered with but no entry was madeon the 100 block of Bayswater Avenue before8:58 a.m. Friday,Feb. 15.
Assault
. A woman reported being battered onthe 800 block of Mahler Road before 7:53 a.m.Tuesday,Feb. 12.
FOSTER CITY 
Burglary
. Someone reported that $12,000worth of valuables were stolen from a buildingunder construction on Vintage Park Drivebefore 11:26 a.m. Tuesday,Feb. 19.
Vandalism
. Someone reported that their car’sspoiler was damaged on Beach Park Boulevard before 1:19 p.m. Saturday,Feb. 16.
Suspicious circumstances.
Someone reporteda woman wearing glasses and pink pajamasknocked at their door asking to make a call tothe bank on De Soto Lane before 10:15 a.m.Friday,Feb. 15.
Shoplifting
. Someone was arrested for steal-ing a pair of speakers worth $280 on MetroCenter Boulevard before 6:27 p.m. Thursday,Feb. 14.
Police reports
Case clothed
A man wearing a baseball cap,jeans anda black sweater was arrested for stealingitems from a men’s fitting area on WalnutStreet in Redwood City before 1:53 p.m.Tuesday,Feb. 19.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Carlos provides a sense of communitywhether that be through its housing,its serv-ice and building industries or positive finan-cial standing,according to an assortment of members called on by the mayor to take thecity’s temperature.Mayor Matt Grocott assembled the group atlast night’s annual State of the City address toalso weigh in on current and upcoming proj-ects and perspectives on economic and educa-tional trends in the City of Good Living. Thetone of last night’s addresses were fairly glow-ing,explaining why San Carlos is an attractiveplace to both live and work. That said,thespeakers didn’t shy away from mentioningsome of the challenges for those looking toremain or move in. These challenges includ-ed:residential availability,transit-orienteddevelopment and limited office space stock and multi-family housing units.Joining Grocott at Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce-sponsored reception,entitled“Where Everybody Knows Your Name,”wereSteve Divney of Colliers International and aformer planning commissioner,Chuck Gillooley of Alain Pinel Realtors,CityManager Jeff Maltbie,Don Mancini of Pioneer Millwork,Robert Porter of the SanCarlos Elementary School District,BrianSchwartz of Undisputed Boxing and Greg St.Clair of the Avenir Group/Town restaurant.The group told a full house at the HillerAviation Museum theirindividual thoughts onhow the city is doing andwhere it is headed.“We have a huge futureahead of us,”said St. Clair,describing the city as “inthe red zone”but not total-ly scoring yet.St. Clair foresees SanCarlos as a dining destina-tion not just downtown but elsewhere andcommended the city for taking realisticapproaches to issues like parking.Restaurants,he said,are “more than just aneconomic interest,providing also a city iden-tity and social gathering points.San Carlos is also a “go-to location”forcontractors because of its building supplyindustry which is one of the city’s largest salestax generators,Mancini said.Likewise,Gillooley painted San Carlos as ahousing destination,saying the number of homes available have dropped but demandexploded creating an “absolute circus”andseller’s market. Unfortunately for buyers,thatmeans a challenging atmosphere of multipleoffers,he said.The result is a mix of excitement and frus-tration that doesn’t appear headed for changein the future,he said.“Unfortunately for home buyers,that meansmuch more of the same,”he said.For example,as of yesterday there wereeight homes for sale in the city which wouldlikely drop to six by today,he said.Class A office space is equally limited inSan Carlos,with only five buildings of whichone — Circle Star — is currently owned bythe county and poised for lease,Divney said.If the city hits the 7 percent vacancy rate,itwill be pretty healthy,Divney said.“I am cautiously optimistic about it being ...sustainable,Divney said of the city.Backing up the anecdotes with facts,CityManager Jeff Maltbie agreed that “we’redoing all right.”With that in mind,he said now is the time toinvest in San Carlos through projects like theSan Carlos Transit Village. He also highlight-ed the under-construction Palo Alto MedicalFoundation hospital project on IndustrialRoad and ongoing hope that Wheeler Plazacan be developed despite the demise of theredevelopment agency. Even the more mun-dane financial investments are of note,he said,such as sewer capital improvements,streetrepaving and utility undergrounding.“San Carlos is a very special community,”Maltbie said.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102.
Mayor,others address state of San Carlos
STATE GOVERNMENT
• State
Sen. Jerry Hill,D-San Mateo
,willunveil legislation at the
Palo Alto CaltrainStation
creating a safeguard restricting high-speed rail through the Peninsula to a blended,primarily two-track system that will minimizeimpacts to communities along the Caltrainright-of-way. Joining Hill at the news confer-ence will be Caltrain board
Chair Ken Yeager
,members of the
PaloAlto City Council
and other local elected officials from throughoutthe Peninsula. The event is today,10:30 a.m.,Palo Alto CaltrainStation,95 University Ave.,Palo Alto.
CITY GOVERNMENT
• The
Half Moon Bay City Council
unanimously approved a banon plastic bags at most local stores at its Tuesday night meeting. Thechanges mirror a countywide ordinance passed last year and goes intoeffect April 22.
Matt Grocott
 
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