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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Tuesday
March 19,2013
Vol XII,Edition 183
PRECARIOUS BALANCE
NATION PAGE 8
 
EA’SCEOLEAVING
LOCAL PAGE 5
REPUBLICANS ROLLS OUT ROADMAP AMID PARTY DIVISIONS
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A Central Valley farmer is suingthe California High-Speed RailAuthority for breaking its promiseto voters by committing Proposition1A bond money for the so-called“blended system”on the Peninsula.Hanford farmer Jon Tos,AaronFukuda and Kings County filedbriefs and declarations Friday for atrial set to begin May 31 inSacramento County Superior Court.They are being represented bylocal attorney Mike Brady,who hassued the authority repeatedly foryears,particularly for having the railalignment go over the Pacheco Passto Gilroy and then up to San Jose.The plaintiffs argue that the railauthority is attempting to justifyspending about $6 billion of federaland state funds on the speculativeassumption that the future will bringmore funds,which is not what vot-ers were promised,nor was theLegislature’s intent,according to thecomplaint.The authority’s officially adoptedblended system also uses existingrail transit at the bookends near LosAngeles and San Francisco that isnot authorized by Proposition 1A,
Rail authority sued again
By Sally Schilling
DAILY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
By this summer,almost all citiesin San Mateo County will haveadopted a reusable bag ordinance,banning plastic bags at most retailstores.Many small markets in SanBruno,including Los PrimosProduce and Grocery,are alreadydisplaying the informational signsprovided by the city to inform shop-pers of the change.“I’m actually in favor of it,saidmanager Elisia Guzman,who thinkscustomers will start bringing in theirown bags once the ordinance takeseffect in San Bruno on April 22,Earth Day.The store wastes money by allow-ing people to request multiple plas-tic bags for very small items,saidGuzman.“They get one lime and three
Merchants welcome bag ban
San Mateo County cities all moving toward single-use bag ordinance
Complaint alleges ‘blended system’violates bond language
By Don Thompson
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO — TheCalifornia High-Speed RailAuthority voted Monday to issuenearly $8.6 billion in taxpayer-approved bonds to build thenation’s first bullet train as the staterushes to begin construction in
Board seeking $8.6B inhigh-speed rail bonds
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By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Trustees of the San Mateo CountyCommunity College District couldbe chosen through a district electionlater this year — a change from theat-large system currently in place.The district’s five trustees are cur-rently elected by voters countywidebut there has been recent attentiongiven to the process — including arecently settled lawsuit against thecounty for its own at-large ratherthan district supervisorial elections.Previously,the district wasadvised by state chancellors to look at the way local elections are set up.In recent months,the board heldpublic hearings on the matter andoffered a 90-day comment period onthe proposed boundaries. On
College boardmoving towarddistrictelections
 Trustees to measure shiftfrom at-largeelections and new representative areas
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A church volunteer who had inap-propriate relationships with youngboys he met through graphic onlineads was sentenced to 10 years inprison and lifelong sex offender reg-istration for nine felonies,includinglewd acts with a minor.Brandon Lee Hamm,37,of SanFrancisco,was originally chargedwith 59 feloniesbut accepted thenegotiated pleaon fewer chargesin Decemberbecause trial was“not a good ideawhen he admit-ted some of thebehavior and
Former church volunteerimprisoned for 10 years
Man charged with soliciting boys online;sentence avoids trial andvictim testimony
Brandon Hamm
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Customers walk with plastic bags on San Mateo Avenue in San Bruno.Soon,such bags will be banned frommost merchants.
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A LOOKBACKATWINTER SEASON
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Tuesday
March 19,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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Actress GlennClose is 66.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
2003
President George W. Bush ordered thestart of war against Iraq. (Because of the time difference,it was early March20 in Iraq.)
“One friend in a lifetime is much;twoare many;three are hardly possible.” 
— Henry Brooks Adams,American author (1838-1918)
Actress UrsulaAndress is 77.Actor Bruce Willisis 58.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
A man climbs up a smooth wooden column to win a contest during the celebrations of Maslenitsa,or Pancake Week,at theBobrovy Log ski resort on the suburbs of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
Tuesday
:Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday night:
Rain likely. Lows in themid 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday
:Showers likely. Highs in theupper 50s. South winds around 10 mphincreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.Chance of showers 60 percent.
Wednesday night:
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becom-ing partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the evening.Lows in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph...Becomingnorthwest 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Chance of showers 20percent.
Thursday
:Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s.
Thursday night through Monday:
Mostly clear. Lows in themid 40s. Highs around 60.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby Race winners are Solid God,No.10,in first place;Whirl Win,No.6,in second place;and Lucky Charms,No.12.in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:40.62.
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In 1687,
French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier,Sieur de LaSalle — the first European to navigate the length of theMississippi River — was murdered by mutineers in present-day Texas.
In 1863,
the Confederate cruiser Georgianna,on its maidenvoyage,was scuttled off Charleston,S.C.,to prevent it fromfalling into Union hands.
In 1918,
Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time.
In 1920,
the Senate rejected,for a second time,the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 49 in favor,35 against,falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.
In 1931
,Nevada Gov. Fred B. Balzar signed a measure legal-izing casino gambling.
In 1943
,gangster Frank Nitti,leader of Al Capone’s ChicagoOutfit,shot himself to death in a railroad yard.
In 1945,
724 people were killed when a Japanese dive bomberattacked the carrier USS Franklin off Japan; the ship,however,was saved. Adolf Hitler issued his so-called “Nero Decree,”ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall intoAllied hands.
In 1953,
the Academy Awards ceremony was televised for thefirst time; “The Greatest Show on Earth”was named best pic-ture of 1952.
In 1962
,Bob Dylan’s first album,titled “Bob Dylan,”wasreleased by Columbia Records.
In 1965,
the wreck of the Confederate cruiser Georgianna wasdiscovered by E. Lee Spence,102 years to the day after it hadbeen scuttled.
In 1979,
the U.S. House of Representatives began televising itsday-to-day business.
In 1993,
Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White announcedplans to retire. (White’s departure paved the way for RuthBader Ginsburg to become the court’s second female justice.)Former White House national security adviser Brent Scowcroftis 88. Theologian Hans Kung is 85. Jazz musician OrnetteColeman is 83. Author Philip Roth is 80. Actress Renee Taylor is80. Actress-singer Phyllis Newman is 80. Singer Clarence“Frogman”Henry is 76. Singer Ruth Pointer (The PointerSisters) is 67. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is 61. PlaywrightNeil LaBute is 50. Actor Connor Trinneer is 44. Rock musicianGert Bettens (K’s Choice) is 43. Rapper Bun B is 40. Rock musi-cian Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) is 37. Actress Abby Brammellis 34. Actor Craig Lamar Traylor is 24. Actor Philip Bolden is 18.
Speeding Iowa dad ignorespolice with baby coming
IOWA CITY,Iowa — An Iowa manwho was pulled over for speeding as herushed his pregnant wife to the hospitalsaid he was determined to keep goingdespite the police lights flashing behindhim.Tyler Rathjen planned to keep goingas his wife,Ashley,began giving birth totheir son in the passenger seat. But a redlight with heavy traffic finally forcedhim to stop.“I should not stop,I’m not going to,I’m going to get to the hospital,TylerRathjen recalled thinking in an interviewwith Cedar Rapids TV station KCRG.The baby’s head and arms werealready out by the time Iowa CityOfficer Kevin Wolfe reached the passen-ger door.“We were all having a different expe-rience,Wolfe said.Ashley Rathjen gave birth to her thirdson,Owen,just blocks from Mercy IowaCity hospital on March 10.“I kept saying:there’s no break (incontractions) there’s no break,she said.“He was coming at that time.”Wolfe helped with the final steps of delivery and then escorted theWilliamsburg family to the hospital. Hisdashboard camera captured the episode.Owen is now home with his parentsand two brothers.Ashley Rathjen said her newborn sonwill probably retell the story for years tocome.
Police:Couple bringskids along for bank heist
TOOELE,Utah — Police in Utah saythey’ve arrested a husband and wifebank robbery team that took their twochildren along for the illegal excursion.An arrest report from Tooele policesays the man and woman,both 27,werecaught Monday soon after a Wells Fargobranch was robbed. A 5-year-old and a2-year-old were in the back seat.According to The Salt Lake Tribune,the couple told police they robbed thebank because they faced eviction andgrowing medical bills.Employees told police the womanentered the bank and showed the teller anote demanding money.The woman reportedly ran from thebank to the car,which was driven by theman.Police say they searched the vehicleand found the demand note,along withhundreds of dollars in cash.
Phoenix-bound dogends up on flight to Ireland
PHOENIX — An English SpringerSpaniel named Hendrix ended up takinga serious detour on his way from NewJersey to Phoenix this week.He ended up in Ireland after being puton the wrong flight.United Airlines spokeswoman MeganMcCarthy says the 6-year-old dog wastraveling in cargo Thursday when themix-up happened. When the error wasrealized,she says the airline took imme-diate steps to get Hendrix back to hisowner.Phoenix television station KNXVreports that the first word ownerMeredith Grant got about the mix-upwas in a phone call from the airlinebefore Hendrix’s original flight was sup-posed to land in Phoenix.
Authorities:Burglartracked by pickax bar code
METAIRIE,La. — Authorities inLouisiana say they tracked a manaccused of stealing drugs from a phar-macy because he left behind a pickax heused to break in — and forgot to removethe price tag.Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Col. JohnFortunato says the sticker included a barcode indicating when and where thepickax was bought. The store had videoof the purchase.Fortunato tells The Times-Picayunethat a store near the pharmacy had sur-veillance video from the night of theburglary,showing the same man and avehicle license plate.Fortunato says drugs from the phar-macy were found during a search of 43-year-old Scott Rodrigue’s home.
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Donald Tateosian
Donald Tateosian, 81, of Hillsborough, passedaway peacefully on March 15, 2013, surroundedby his family after a short illness.He was born on May 7, 1931, in Fresno, to Deron“Ted” and Marian Tateosian. He graduated withthe San Mateo High School class of 1949 as wellas the College of San Mateo.He had a successful career in the automobilebusiness retiring after 36 years as Vice Presidentand General Manager of Rector Motor Car Company in Burlingame. Don was well respectedand touched a great number of people sociallyand professionally. Don and Nancy enjoyed their second home at Silverado Country Club for 32 years, where they made manyspecial friendships. Don’s interests included tennis, annual trips to Maui, andcollecting classic cars.Don loved his family above all else in life. He is survived by Nancy, his belovedwife of 60 years; his much-loved children; son and daughter-in-law Jeff andSuzanne Tateosian of Burlingame; daughter and son-in-law Joni and Michael Amaroli of Hillsborough; and four treasured grandchildren Nic and Kevin Amaroli, and Sarah and Michael Tateosian.In accordance to his wishes, there will be no memorial service. A private familyservice has been held. The family wishes to thank the Burlingame Villa for their compassionate care during his stay there. Those wishing to remember Don maysend a memorial donation to Mission Hospice, 1670 S. Amphlett Blvd. #300, SanMateo, CA 94402.“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.They must be felt with the heart.” ~
 Helen Keller 
Don touched us all.
Obituary
SAN MATEO
Theft
. License plates were stolen on the 400block of Rogell Court before 1:55 p.m. Friday,March 8.
Suspicious circumstances.
A resident hasbeen infuriated with a neighbor who keepsstealing items out of their garage for no reasonon the 1300 block of Beacon Avenue before11:48 a.m. Tuesday,March 5.
Suspicious person.
A man with a blue base-ball cap has been going door to door askingresidents if they need work done to their houseon the 1700 block of Herschel Street before12:27 p.m. Tuesday,March 5.
Suspicious person.
A man wearing all black was yelling at people at the intersection of EastFifth Avenue and San Mateo Drive before 8:21a.m. Tuesday,March 5.
BURLINGAME
Arrest
. A man was arrested for driving whileunder the influence on Broadway and CarolanAvenue before 8:39 p.m. on Thursday,March14.
Grand theft.
A woman’s vehicle was stolenafter she dropped it off at an auto service shopon the 1300 block of Rollins Road before 6:21p.m. on Thursday,March 14.
Theft
. A child’s scooter was stolen from aschool on the 800 block of Howard Avenuebefore 6:05 p.m. on Thursday,March 14.
Police reports
I’m detecting some hostility
A man using a metal detector threatenedto kill a man’s dogs at a park on BoothbayAvenue in Foster City before 6:55 a.m. onSunday,March 17.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
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,was sen-tenced Monday to a year in jail on twofelony charges of domestic violence.Yoshiaki Nagaya,33,will serve about sixmonths and must surrender to the jail May 4.He was also given three years probation and104 hours of domestic violence counseling.He was originally charged with more thana dozen counts of domestic violence forinjuries his wife,Yuka,documented in pho-tographs but a judge dropped one after a pre-liminary hearing and prosecutors dismissedthe rest as part of the plea deal reached inDecember.Nagaya was on his way toward a trial andthe possibility of up to 20 years in prisonwhen he abruptly pleaded no contest inreturn for no more than a year in jail. Onecount stemmed from a May 3,2011 incidentin which he bruised her arm and anotherincident in which he bruised her left thigh.Both the prosecution and Judge CraigParsons agreed Nagaya appeared onlyremorseful when he was arrested,not for theactual conduct,said Chief Deputy DistrictAttorney Karen Guidotti.Despite the no contest plea,defense attor-ney Gerrick Lew said in a prepared state-ment after sentencing that the couple had amutually abusive rela-tionship. He said YukaNagaya’s testimony at thepreliminary hearing andstatements to police wereinconsistent which “putin question whetherevents ... occurred at all.”He had argued for a 90-day sentence instead.Nagaya is the vice con-sul at the Japanese con-sulate in San Francisco but he and his wifemoved to San Bruno. The case drewJapanese media to San Mateo County andsaw several bizarre moments during a five-day preliminary hearing last fall,includingthe abrupt quitting of one translator whosaid he was too tired to continue and YukaNagaya trying to secretly record her testimo-ny for a civil personal injury lawsuit againsther husband. Consulate members were alsochastised by the judge not to intimidate YukaNagaya during her testimony whichstretched over multiple days because of translation issues,claims she couldn’t recallincidents and lengthy cross-examination.Yuka Nagaya testified that the couple,who had married in April 2010,often quar-reled over suspicions he was having a rela-tionship with a fellow consul employee. Thealleged abuse began when they lived in SanFrancisco and continued after they moved toSan Bruno. She said between January 2011and March 31,2012,the incidents includedhitting her over the head with a laptop,stab-bing her hand with a miniature screwdriver,pouring milk over her head and striking herface so hard she later lost a tooth. A judgelater dismissed the tooth allegation. SanBruno police arrested Yoshiaki Nagaya April1 after she said he threw her from a car in theparking lot of their San Bruno apartment.Yuka Nagaya said after one incident shefled their apartment barefoot in the middleof the night out of fear but,after crying inthe stairwell,returned because she alsofound it frightening to be alone in a foreigncountry. She also testified she did not callpolice because that’s not how people inJapan handle domestic disputes.During the preliminary hearing,prosecu-tors presented photographs Yuka Nagayatook of the injuries.Yoshiaki Nagaya has been free from cus-tody on $350,000 cash bail and remainsemployed with the consulate in SanFrancisco.He must also return to court April 25 for arestitution hearing. His wife submitted arequest for nearly $200,000 but provided nodocumentation,Guidotti said.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102.
 Japanese diplomat gets year in jail
Man pleads no contest to domestic violence,eligible for sheriff’s work furlough
YoshiakiNagaya
 
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