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06/12/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Tuesday
April 2,2013
Vol XII,Edition 195
REALIGNMENTLAW
STATE PAGE 6
 
SYRIA HAS ITSDEADLY MONTH
WORLD PAGE 28
LAWMAKER WANTS SERIOUS DRUG PUSHERS SENT TO STATEPRISONS NOT COUNTY JAILS
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Marshall Ketchum,one of the leading fig-ures behind the Coastside Fire ProtectionDistrict board recall,has apologized to thethree directors he wants to oust for takingthem to court over candidate statements filedfor next week’s election.A settlement agreement also calls forKetchum to stop blogging or commenting onthe fire recall on his keepcalfire.com websiteuntil after the April 9 election.He must also pay $10,000,according to thesettlement agreement.The three on the board facing recall,President Doug Mackintosh,Director MikeAlifano and Director Gary Riddell,intend toditch the district’s contract with Cal Fire infavor of re-establishing a stand-alone firedepartment to serve the coast. It was that deci-sion that prompted the recall effort.Ketchum requested the court to have por-tions of their candidate statements deleted oramended because they are in violation of stateelections code,according to a petition filed inSuperior Court in February.Ketchum,who led the signature-gatheringeffort last year to remove the three,allegedtheir candidate statements contain informa-tion that is false,misleading or inconsistentwith state elections code.A judge found the statements to be OK,however,and Ketchum has already issued anapology on his Keep Cal Fire website.The apology reads:“Directors Alifano,Riddell andMackintosh,
Apology issued in fire recall
Settlement also calls for recall proponent to stop blogging
Seminary workeraccused of theft
Finance director,along with secretary,alleged to have stolen $200K,Mercedes
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The former finance director of a MenloPark seminary and university took morethan $200,000 and stole a donatedMercedes Benz,according to prosecutorswho charged her with four counts of felonyembezzlement.Along with Jennifer Margaret Morris,57,the San Mateo County DistrictAttorney’s Office also charged her secre-tary,Evelyn D. Vallacqua,44,which itclaims helped issue several improper reim-bursement checks to her boss and acceptedunauthorized severance payments from St.Patrick’s Seminary and University.Morris,of Hayward,pleaded not guiltyand is scheduled for a court appearancetomorrow followed by a preliminary hear-ing April 12. She is free from custody on$200,000 bail. Meanwhile,Vallacqua post-ed a $10,000 bail bond shortly after herMarch 28 arrest and will first appear in court April 30 on three
EvelynVallacqua Jennifer Morris
REUTERS
 Third base umpire Clint Fagan watches San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval,left,tag out Los AngelesDodgers left fielder Carl Crawford attempting to steal third in the first inning during their MLB National League baseballgame in Los Angeles.The Giants lost 4-0 in their season opener.
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By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A large dump truck with workers hiredby the city of San Mateo arrived at aShoreview neighborhood home yester-day morning ready to clear it from debrisbut ended up leaving the property with-out loading a single item into the truck.“We’re done. They complied with thecourt order,San Mateo housing officialSandy Council told the Daily Journalafter inspecting the property herself atabout 9 a.m.A judge’s mandatehad given Mark andKimberley Klaiber30 days to complywith a court orderafter the city hadrepeatedly pointedout myriad codeenforcement viola-tions dating back to1995 for the Lindbergh Street property.The city sent the Klaibers an abate-ment letter last Tuesday detailing whatwork city-hired contractors would per-form yesterday including the removal of all broken,inoperative or discarded fur-niture or other household personal prop-erty,litter,garbage or other refuse visi-ble from the street on the exterior of theproperty.After the inspection,Lance Bayerwith the city attorney’s office told theDaily Journal that the Klaibers had
City not needed to clear debris
Family was orderedto clean yard by judge,official rules they are in compliance
BILL SILVERFARB/DAILY JOURNAL
A dump truck arrived at a San Mateo home yesterday morningto clear debris from it as ordered by a judge.The yard wasinspected,however,and considered to be in compliance withthe court order so the truck departed with no items in it.
Mark Klaiber
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‘BUCKWILD’STAR DEAD
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FOR THE RECORD2
Tuesday
April 2,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 words or less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing.To submit obituaries,emailinformation along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style,clarity,length and grammar.If you would like to have an obituary printedmore than once,longer than 250 words or without editing,please submit an inquiry to our advertising department at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Actor AdamRodriguez is 38.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1863
During the Civil War,the RichmondBread Riot erupted in the Confederatecapital as a mob made up mostly of women,outraged over food shortagesand rising prices,attacked and lootedstores.
“We crucify ourselves between two thieves:regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow.” 
— Fulton Oursler,American journalist (1893-1952)
Actress PamelaReed is 64.Singer Aaron Kellyis 20.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
Saudi youths demonstrate a stunt known as ‘sidewall skiing’(driving on two wheels) in the northern city of Hail,in Saudi Arabia.
Tuesday
:Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog inthe morning. Highs in the upper 50s.Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph...Becoming 5 to 10 mphafter midnight.
Wednesday:
Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingpartly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night:
Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain after mid-night. Lows in the upper 40s. West winds 10 to 15 mph...Becoming northwest around 5 mph after midnight.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are CaliforniaClassic,No.5,in first place;Big Ben,No.4,insecond place;and Eureka,No.7,in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:48.65.
(Answers tomorrow)GRANTGOURD STOCKYZENITHYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:He arrested the painter because he was a —CON ARTISTNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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In 1513,
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedi-tion landed in present-day Florida. (Some historians say thelanding actually occurred the next day,on April 3.)
In 1792,
Congress passed the Coinage Act,which authorizedestablishment of the U.S. Mint.
In 1800,
Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Symphony No.1 in C major,Op. 21,in Vienna.
In 1860,
the first Italian Parliament met at Turin.In 1912,the just-completed RMS Titanic left Belfast to beginits sea trials eight days before the start of its ill-fated maidenvoyage.
In 1917,
President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declarewar against Germany,saying,“The world must be made safefor democracy.”(Congress declared war four days later.)
In 1932,
aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condonwent to a cemetery in The Bronx,N.Y.,where Condon turnedover $50,000 to a man in exchange for Lindbergh’s kidnappedson. (The child,who was not returned,was found dead the fol-
lowing month.)In 1942
,Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded “AmericanPatrol”at the RCA Victor studios in Hollywood.
In 1956,
the soap operas “As the World Turns”and “The Edgeof Night”premiered on CBS-TV.
In 1968,
the science-fiction film “2001:A Space Odyssey,”produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick,had its world pre-miere in Washington,D.C.
In 1974,
French President Georges Pompidou died in Paris.
In 1982
,several thousand troops from Argentina seized thedisputed Falkland Islands,located in the south Atlantic,fromBritain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.)
Ten years ago:
During the Iraq War,American forces foughttheir way to within sight of the Baghdad skyline.Actress Rita Gam is 85. Actress Sharon Acker is 78. SingerLeon Russell is 71. Jazz musician Larry Coryell is 70. ActressLinda Hunt is 68. Singer Emmylou Harris is 66. Social critic andauthor Camille Paglia is 66. Rock musician Dave Robinson (TheCars) is 60. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 52. ActorChristopher Meloni is 52. Singer Keren Woodward(Bananarama) is 52. Country singer Billy Dean is 51. Actor Clark Gregg is 51. Actress Jana Marie Hupp is 49. Rock musician GregCamp is 46. Rock musician Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind)is 44. Actress Roselyn Sanchez is 40. Country singer Jill King is38. Actor Jeremy Garrett is 37. Actor Michael Fassbender is 36.
White House tries itshand at April Fools’joke
WASHINGTON — The White House,busy with its annual Easter Egg Roll,also managed to pull off an April Fools’prank.The White House Twitter accountannounced earlier Monday to be on thelookout for a “special video messagefrom the president.”Instead,viewers got a surprise visitorto the press briefing room.The piece began with a shot of thefamiliar lectern regularly used by presssecretary Jay Carney. It was empty asthe presidential entrance march played.Then a small head peeked over the edgeof the stand.“It looks like you were expectingsomebody else.”Indeed. It was Robby Novak,whoplays “Kid President”in a series of pop-ular YouTube videos. “April Fools’on allof you all,”he said.
Freezing weather wipesout German flea circus
BERLIN — An entire troupe of per-forming fleas has fallen victim to thefreezing temperatures currently grippingGermany.Flea circus director Robert Birk sayshe was shocked to find all of his 300fleas dead inside their transport boxWednesday morning.The circus immediately scrambled tofind and train a new batch so it could ful-fill its engagements at an open-air fair inthe western town of Mechernich-Kommern.Michael Faber,who organizes the fair,told the Associated Press that an insectexpert at a nearby university was able toprovide 50 fleas in time for the first showSunday.Faber says he hopes they’ll “getthrough this without any more fatali-ties.”Birk said it was the first time his circushad lost all of its fleas to the cold in onego.
Thicke’s video with nudemodels gets YouTube ban
NEW YORK — Robin Thicke’s newmusic video is too hot for YouTube.A representative for the R&B croonersaid Monday that his unrated video for“Blurred Lines”was banned from thewebsite. The clip features nude modelsprowling around Thicke and rappers T.I.and Pharrell.A rep for YouTube didn’t immediatelyrespond to an email seeking comment.The video is still playing on the musicvideo website Vevo.Thicke’s unrated clip was released lastweek and garnered more than 1 millionviews in days. It became a water coolertopic on the blogs and entertainmentwebsites. The original video wasreleased a week before and has 1.3 mil-lion views.Thicke said in an interview last week that he had sought the approval of hiswife,actress Paula Patton,to shoot withnude models.
Police suspect drug usein San Jose Walmart crash
SAN JOSE — Police said Mondaythey suspect a man was on drugs whenhe rammed his car through the front of aWalmart in California and beganassaulting customers,injuring four peo-ple.Haamid Ade Zaid,33,of Seaside wasbeing held without bail at the SantaClara County Jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon,hit andrun,being under the influence of drugs,and resisting arrest,San Jose policeOfficer Albert Morales said.“In my 18-year career I have neverseen anything like this,Morales said.“After looking at some of the pictures,it’s amazing he didn’t hit anybody withthe vehicle.”Calls to the store by the AssociatedPress were not immediately returned. Itwas open for business on Monday.Zaid was arrested on Sunday after ared,Oldsmobile Cutlass crashed throughthe San Jose storefront and hit a beerdisplay before stopping near the phar-macy.
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Disturbance
. Two men were seen in a physi-cal altercation on Casa De Campo and LaSelva Street before 8:24 p.m. on Saturday,March 30.
Arrest
. A person was arrested for drugs on the100 block of East Bellevue Avenue before7:02 p.m. on Saturday,March 30.
Arrest.
A man was arrested for public intoxi-cation on the 1000 block of South B Streetbefore 3:37 p.m. on Saturday,March 30.
Theft
. An iPhone was stolen from a gym onthe first block of Bovet Road before 3 p.m. onSaturday,March 30.
Disturbance
. A man was seen with his pantsaround his ankles on the 3100 block of ElCamino Real before 7:48 a.m. on Saturday,March 30.
Disturbance
. A group of teenagers wearingmasks were seen in a vehicle on Forth Avenueand El Camino Real before 10:58 p.m. onFriday,March 29.
MILLBRAE
Arrest
. A person was caught driving under theinfluence on El Camino Real before 2:32 a.m.on Thursday,March 28.
Stolen property.
A man was found to be inpossession of stolen property on the 100 block of Park Place before 2:03 a.m. Tuesday,March26.
Found property.
A wallet was found onBroadway and Taylor Boulevard before 7:53p.m. on Monday,March 25.
Police reports
Mystery meat
Two men in a white van were selling meaton Winchester Court in Foster City before5:35 p.m. Wednesday,March 27.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Most people don’t use quadratic equationsin their day-to-day dealings.Even if it’s a formula mastered years ago inhigh school,those returning to school may notbe masters of the math problem. So,whenfaced with a placement test with such ques-tions,those who go in blind may not scorewell.Janet L. Stringer,dean of Science andTechnology at Cañada College in RedwoodCity,said that can change with a week of preparation. Math Jam — an intensive mathplacement test preparation program for stu-dents — helps ready students for placementexams and also review for upcoming classes.Started in the summer of 2009,the programwas originally funded by a STEM (science,technology,engineering and mathematics)grant to help students accelerate in mathfaster.It’s been proven at many colleges:Thelonger it takes a student to get throughrequirements,the less likely he or she will fin-ish,explained Stringer. Many of the STEMprograms require high-level math. If a studentcan test into a higher math level,with a littleprep work,he or she can save themselves timeand money,she said. Since offering the firstrefresher course,the program has expandedand is now offered three times a year. Studentsin Math Jam were found to succeed in theirhigher level classes,stay enrolled in schooland also were more likely to return to the pro-gram to prepare for other courses,saidStringer.Math Jam is one of the 19 programs recog-nized this year by the San Mateo CountySchool Board Association 2012 J. RussellKent Awards. Given to outstanding and inno-vative educational programs,applicants mustdemonstrate how their program promotes stu-dent success,employs a high degree of cre-ativity and demonstrates transferability.“We continue to be impressed by the out-standing innovative programs provided by ourschools in so many areas of academics,stu-dent support and community,”said SethRosenblatt,president of the San MateoCounty School Boards Association and SanCarlos Elementary School District Boardtrustee.Most of the awards are for programs focus-ing on students in kindergarten through highschool. Math Jam is the only college-levelprogram to be recognized this year.Retention Specialist Chris Woo,who over-sees the day-to-day operations at Math Jam,started working at Math Jam in 2011. Shecalled it the best job she’s ever had.“I worked for 30 years [in the financialworld] and maybe three people said ‘thank you.’I worked 30 minutes [here] and had threepeople say ‘thank you,’”she said.Students are so happy to be helped,saidWoo. Now students are returning for help inhigher levels of math as well as to offer serv-ices as tutors. Some days will have afternoonand evening sessions. Students will come as atutor to one and to learn in another,Woo said.A variety of intervention type programs arerecognized by this year’s Kent Awards.Redwood High School’s RedwoodEnvironmental Academy for Leadership,known as R.E.A.L.,is an innovative partner-ship started four years ago to bring hands-onscience lessons to students. Students work with professional partners to build leadershipand learn academics through environmentalservice projects.Principal Frank Wells said what makes thisprogram special is the impact it’s had on stu-dents who were headed toward dropping out.Ninety percent of students who have takenpart in the program changed directions towardgraduation and furthering their education afterhigh school,he said. Wells attributed the pro-gram’s success to the time taken to study bestpractices when designing it as well as contin-ued support from faculty and staff.In the South San Francisco Unified SchoolDistrict,two programs were recognized:
Kent Awards recognize innovative education programs
• Belmont-Redwood Shores School District:RalstonMiddle School — The Storytech Course• Hillsborough School District:North HillsboroughElementary — Lunchtime Electives• Jefferson Elementary School District:Thomas R.PolicitaMiddle School — Dance Program• Jefferson Union High School District:Oceana HighSchool — Garden Program• Las Lomitas Elementary District:Las LomitasElementary School — New Games• Menlo Park City School District:Encinal School —Advisory Program• Pacifica School District:Ortega Elementary — K-5Science Lab Program• Ravenswood City School District:Using CommunityResources for Employment Development• Redwood City School District:Henry Ford Elementary— The Profession Learning Community• Redwood City School District:Kennedy Middle School— Drama Program• San Mateo Community College District:CanadaCollege — Math Jam• San Mateo-Foster City School District:BaysideElementary — STEM & Design Thinking Program• San Mateo-Foster City School District:BeresfordElementary — Spanish Program• San Mateo Union High School District:Mills HighSchool — Intervention Program• San Mateo Union High School District:San MateoHigh School — Family Literacy Night• Sequoia Union High School District:Redwood HighSchool — R.E.A.L.Redwood EnvironmentalAcademy of Leadership• South San Francisco Unified School District:ParkwayHeights Middle School — CommunityPartnership Parkway Summer Youth Program• South San Francisco Unified School District:Alternativeto Expulsion Intervention ProgramEmily Garfield Preventive Counseling Award winnerEvelyn Hall of Redwood High School
2013 Kent Award winners
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