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11/28/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Friday
March 8,2013
Vol XII,Edition 173
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SENATE PANEL VOTES TO UP PENALTIES AGAINSTILLEGAL FIREARMS PURCHASES
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Prosecutors yesterday dismissedcharges against a Redwood Cityspecial education teacher accused of abusing two developmentally chal-lenged 4-year-old boys in her careafter school aides who made theallegations backed off their claims.“Their testi-mony was essen-tial to the prov-ability of thecase,saidDistrict AttorneySteve Wagstaffe.“That was thekey component.”Alexia AlikaBogdis,43,of Millbrae was chargedwith five counts of child cruelty andfour counts of battery on schoolgrounds. She had pleaded not guiltyand was due to stand trial inDecember but instead prosecutorsThursday asked a judge to drop thecase.Wagstaffe said the former schoolemployees who accused Bogdissoftened their accusations duringsubsequent interviews and there isno independent evidence Bogdisinjured any child. The aides,whohave since been fired for not report-ing their suspicions to schoolauthorities,were given immunity bythe prosecution so they could not becharged with violating their duty asmandated reporters. In recent inter-views,the aides said what they toldpolice was “not precisely what wemeant,Wagstaffe said.Bogdis,who has been free on a$15,000 bail bond,has been onadministrative leave from RooseveltElementary School where sheworked and has a court order bar-
Teacher abuse case dropped
Redwood City special ed teacher had been arrested for abusing two 4-year-old boys
Alexia Bogdis
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Three East Bay men,spotted nearthe scene of a Lakewood Circle bur-glary in San Mateo,led police on ahigh-speed chase through threecities yesterday morning beforethey were finally apprehended inBelmont.Police say a handgun was alsorecovered from the scene but noshots were fired.The pursuit ended in a cul-de-sacon Rinconada Circle in the hills of Belmont near Fox ElementarySchool but the suspects took off onfoot before finally being taken downby responding police from SanMateo,Belmont and the San MateoCounty Sheriff’s Office.One suspect was apprehendedseveral blocks away on Hallmark Drive from where the suspectsditched their gold Hyundai Santa Feafter crashing into a police car. Oneofficer suffered minor injuries in theincident and was transported to alocal hospital.
Pursuit ends in arrests
Burglary suspects lead police on three-city chase
Superintendentgets go-ahead toseek school land
Search on for alternative highschool and district office site
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Mateo Union High SchoolDistrict officials will spend the nextsix months searching for land inhopes of finding new homes forPeninsula High School and the dis-trict office.Last night,the Board of Trusteesgave Superintendent Scott Laurencethe go-ahead tolook for acres of central land overthe next sixmonths. Therewas some skepti-cism about find-ing options thatmeet staterequirements fora school,butdoing a comprehensive search willgive the board more informationbefore finalizing a plan. WhileLaurence said finding land was histop priority,he added that if suitableproperties couldn’t be found thenthe district will need to revisit otheralternatives like moving the schoolonto land around San Mateo HighSchool on Delaware Street andPoplar Avenue. This was an optionthe meeting’s audience did not wel-come. The board was happy to givetime but declined to rank otheroptions.Trustee Bob Griffin said he strug-gles with continuing to providequality programs for all students.With that in mind,he suggestedlooking,he said,“at property andnot prioritizing other alternativesuntil we see what the options are.”Trustee Linda Lees Dwyer wasagainst relocating the alternative
BILL SILVERFARB/DAILY JOURNAL
A paramedic attends to a suspect after a high-speed chase in the Belmont hills yesterday morning.Three men,suspects in a San Mateo burglary,were arrested at the scene after a foot chase.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Teachers representing two differ-ent districts protested in San MateoCounty this week over stalled con-tract negotiations.On Wednesday night,teachersworking for the San Mateo CountyOffice of Education voiced con-cerns. On Thursday,Millbrae teach-ers protested in both the morningand afternoon. In both instances,theteachers and employers havereached impasse over contract nego-tiations.“After nearly six years with nopay increases — which also includ-ed two years of salary cuts thatequaled 4 percent annually — weare only seeking a 3 percent salaryincrease this year,said MillbraeEducation Association bargainingchair Trish Althaus.The district has offered a 2 per-cent pay raise contingent on a con-
Teachers protest over contracts
 ANDREW SCHEINER/DAILY JOURNAL
 Teachers gathered in downtown Millbrae yesterday morning to protesttheir contract with the Millbrae Elementary School District.
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March 8,2013
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Actor FreddiePrinze Jr.is 37.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1917
Russia’s “February Revolution”(socalled because of the Old Style calendarused by Russians at the time) beganwith rioting and strikes in Petrograd;the result was the abdication of theRussian monarchy in favor of a provi-sional government.
“Contemplation seems to beabout the only luxury that costs nothing.” 
— Dodie Smith,English playwright (1896-1990)
Actress AndreaParker is 43.Actor James VanDer Beek is 36.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
Santa Clara firefighters Bruce Ingle,left,and David Sosine attach a flag to an overpass in preparation for the motorcade as aprocession honoring Santa Cruz Police Department officers Loran Baker and Elizabeth Butler travels to the officers’memorialservices in San Jose.
Friday:
Partly cloudy in the morning thenbecoming sunny. Breezy. Highs in the mid50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph increas-ing to west 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon.
Friday night:
Partly cloudy in the eveningthen becoming mostly clear. Lows in theupper 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday:
Sunny. Highs around 60.Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday night:
Mostly clear. Lows around 40. Northwestwinds 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday
:Sunny. Highs around 60.
Sunday night through Monday night:
Mostly clear. Lows inthe lower 40s. Highs in the lower 60s.
Tuesday through Thursday:
Partly cloudy. Highs around 60.Lows in the mid 40s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.07 Eurekain first place;No.04 Big Ben in second place;andNo.12 Lucky Charms in third place.The race timewas clocked at 1:47.09.
(Answers tomorrow)DWARF TABOO TRENDYDISCUSYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Installing the new fan at the gym was NO SWEATNow 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 1702,
England’s Queen Anne acceded to the throne upon thedeath of King William III.
In 1854
,U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry made his secondlanding in Japan; within a month,he concluded a treaty withthe Japanese.
In 1862
,during the Civil War,the ironclad CSS Virginiarammed and sank the USS Cumberland and heavily damagedthe USS Congress,both frigates,off Newport News,Va.
In 1874,
the 13th president of the United States,MillardFillmore,died in Buffalo,N.Y.,at age 74.
In 1917
,the U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adoptingthe cloture rule.
In 1930,
the 27th president of the United States,WilliamHoward Taft,died in Washington at age 72.
In 1942
,Imperial Japanese forces occupied Yangon in Burmaduring World War II.
In 1963
,a military coup in Syria brought the Baath Party topower.
In 1965,
the United States landed its first combat troops inSouth Vietnam as 3,500 Marines were brought in to defend theU.S. air base at Da Nang.
In 1971,
Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali by decision inwhat was billed as “The Fight of the Century”at MadisonSquare Garden in New York. Silent film comedian HaroldLloyd died in Beverly Hills,Calif.,at age 77.
In 1983
,in a speech to the National Association oEvangelicals convention in Orlando,Fla.,President RonaldReagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.
In 1988,
17 soldiers were killed when two Army helicoptersfrom Fort Campbell,Ky.,collided in mid-flight.Actress Sue Ane Langdon is 77. College Football Hall of Famer Pete Dawkins is 75. Baseball player-turned-author JimBouton is 74. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 69. Actor-direc-tor Micky Dolenz is 68. Singer-musician Randy Meisner is 67.Pop singer Peggy March is 65. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Jim Riceis 60. Singer Gary Numan is 55. NBC News anchor Lester Holtis 54. Actor Aidan Quinn is 54. Country musician JimmyDormire is 53. Actress Camryn Manheim is 52. Actor Leon is 50.Rock singer Shawn Mullins (The Thorns) is 45. Actor BorisKodjoe is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kameelah Williams(702) is 35. Rock singer Tom Chaplin (Keane) is 34.
Demi Moore seeks spousalsupport from Kutcher
LOS ANGELES Demi Moore isseeking spousal support from estrangedhusband Ashton Kutcher.The actress states in a court filingThursday that she also wants the “Twoand a Half Men”star to pay her attor-ney’s fees in the divorce proceedings.Kutcher filed for divorce in December,more than a year after Moore announcedthe marriage was over. Kutcher didn’ttake a position in his filings on whetherhe should pay Moore any spousal sup-port.The couple was married in September2005,and they have no children together.Kutcher didn’t specify when the cou-ple separated,but Moore listed Nov. 17,2011,as the breakup date.Moore publicly announced the cou-ple’s breakup that day,but until Thursdayhad not filed any divorce paperwork.
 Jessica Simpson revealsshe’s expecting a baby boy
LOS ANGELES — This time,it willbe a boy for Jessica Simpson and fianceEric Johnson.Simpson revealed on “Jimmy KimmelLive!”Wednesday that she is expecting ababy boy. She and Johnson are alreadyparents of a daughter,Maxwell,who wasborn in May.Simpson announced in December thatMaxwell would be a big sister,but shehadn’t revealed the gender of her newbaby.She didn’t plan to reveal it Wednesday,either. She told Kimmel that she hadn’tbeen feeling well during her secondpregnancy,adding,“I never knew awiener could actually make me nau-seous.”She followed up by saying she “could-n’t believe”she “just told the world”she’s having a boy.
Cash can bribe dietersto lose weight,study finds
Willpower apparently can be bought.The chance to win or lose $20 a monthenticed dieters in a yearlong study todrop an average of 9 pounds — fourtimes more weight than others who werenot offered dough to pass up the dough-nuts.Many employers,insurers and Internetprograms dangle dollars to try to changebad habits like smoking or not exercis-ing,but most studies have found thisdoesn’t work very well or for very long.The new study,done with Mayo Clinicemployees,was the longest test yet of financial incentives for weight loss.Doctors think it succeeded because it hada mix of carrots and sticks — penaltiesfor not losing weight,multiple ways toearn cash for succeeding,and a chance torecoup lost money if you fell off the “dietwagon”and later repented.Incentives are “not like training wheelswhere people learn healthy habits andthen will continue them on their own”you have to keep them up for them towork,said one study leader,Dr. SteveDriver of Mayo in Rochester,Minn.And if you’re looking to set up a sys-tem like this at work or among friends,the key is to make it self-sustaining,Driver said. The Mayo one did that byhaving people who didn’t lose weight putpenalties into a fund that paid rewards tothose who did.It’s also a good idea to make peoplepony up in advance. One woman flewinto a tizzy when she stepped on a scaleat a weigh-in and was told she’d have topay.“She headed for the door”but latercame back and paid,Driver said. “Peoplein Minnesota are pretty honest.”Driver will discuss the study thisweekend at an American College of Cardiology conference in San Francisco.The group released results Thursday.Mayo paid for the study and Driver ownsstock in Gympact,a company with anInternet program that gives financialincentives for exercising.The diet study involved 100 obeseemployees at Mayo Clinic but was not aworkplace wellness program. Half weregiven weight-loss counseling,monthlyweigh-ins and a three-month gym mem-bership. The others had those things plusfinancial incentives.
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MILLBRAE
Burglary
. Someone reported their burglaralarm went off on the 800 block of ClearfieldDrive before 4:24 p.m. Monday,March 4.
DUI
. A person was cited for driving whileunder the influence on the 300 block of Millbrae Avenue before 2:35 a.m. on Sunday,March 3.
Public intoxication.
A person was detainedfor being drunk in public on the 4000 block of San Mateo Avenue before 2:15 a.m. onSunday,March 3.
Arrest
. A man was arrested for stealing a vehi-cle on the 300 block of Richmond Drivebefore 6:36 a.m. on Friday,March 1.
BELMONT
Burglary
. Miscellaneous items were stolenfrom an apartment on El Camino Real before8:33 p.m. on Sunday,March 3.
Disturbance
. People were engaged in a phys-ical fight on Ralston Avenue before 6:23 p.m.on Sunday,March 3.
Attempted theft.
A person attempted to steala bike from a parking garage on F Streetbefore 4:32 p.m. on Sunday,March 3.
Police reports
Hung out to dry
Someone reported their laundry wasstolen at a laundromat on the 900 block of Hunington Avenue in San Bruno before12:01 p.m. Wednesday,March 6.
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
A 32-year-old Redwood City man accusedof raping a high school girl at a party andgroping another teen he invited to his homewas sentenced to 11 years in prison for sevencrimes including forcible rape,lewd acts on achild and false imprisonment.Gabriel Jason Cavazos must also registeras a sex offender and pay restitution to thevictims and Redwood City PoliceDepartment.Judge Barbara Mallach imposed the termafter first denying Cavazos a new trial on thebasis his defense attorney was incompetent.Mallach also called a Cavazos a “predator”who refuses to accept any responsibility forhis conduct,according to the DistrictAttorney’s Office.Cavazos was tried for several encounters of various degrees with fourgirls in September 2009.His convictions alsoinclude misdemeanor sex-ual battery and felonycommunication with aminor to commit a lewdact.Prosecutors sayCavazos,then 29,exchanged contact infor-mation with two highschool girls at the Metro PCS store in SequoiaStation and later asked one to send him nudephotographs after she indicated an interest inmodeling. On one occasion,he reportedlytook one to his home where he got her toremove most of her clothing under the pre-tense of taking modeling shots. Prosecutorssay he then drove her to school with his handon her leg and refused to let her out of the carunless she kissed him.He also sexually assaulted a girl after fol-lowing her into the bathroom at a party. Thegirl contacted police three weeks later andmade a pretext phone call in which Cavazosreportedly admitted having sex with her butimplied it was consensual,according to pros-ecutors.Cavazos also reportedly invited two minorsisters he met on the street to his home andasked if they were going to have sex. One girlleft but the other stayed and authorities sayCavazos grabbed and groped her when shealso tried leaving.Cavazos fled to Mexico for eight monthsafter learning Redwood City police wereinvestigating him. He was apprehended cross-ing the Mexican border back into the UnitedStates.
Man imprisoned 11 years for raping teen
GabrielCavazos
By Judy Lin
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers gaveinitial approval Thursday to a pair of bills thatwould expand Medicaid to more than 1 millionlow-income Californians,a critical step toimplementing federal health care reforms.On mostly party-line votes,Democrats inthe Senate and Assembly passed similar meas-ures to expand the federal-state health programfor the poor. The bills will switch houses whilelawmakers work with Democratic Gov. JerryBrown,who wants to minimize state costs.Expansion of the program is optional forstates.Called Medi-Cal in California,expansionwould take advantage of generous fundingfrom the Obama administration to add thosewho make up to 138 percent of the federalpoverty level,or about $15,400 for an individ-ual. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’sOffice estimated the expansion will bring anadditional 1.2 million new enrollees by 2017.The program already serves about 8 millionadults and children,nearly one of every fiveCalifornia residents.
Lawmakers give initial OK to Medi-Cal expansion

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