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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
April 15,2013
Vol XII,Edition 206
By Heather Murtagh
The San Carlos ElementarySchool District may have a newoffice for the superintendent andother administrative staff after put-ting in a bid on a new building.This week,the district announcedit had put a bid on 1200 IndustrialRoad which,if accepted,wouldallow for a move off the CentralMiddle School campus. The district,which has been heavily affected bygrowing enrollment,included a newhome for the district office as part of the Facilities Master Plan adoptedby the board last month.Superintendent Craig Baker saidthe move will benefit the district inmultiple ways. Currently,districtstaff is spread out at multiple sites.The move will allow all administra-tive employees to be in one spot,which also gives school sites back the space which district staff wereusing. In the new spot,the districtalso hopes to create a larger locationfor community meetings.Much of the Facilities MasterPlan will be funded by Measure Ha $72 million bond measurepassed by voters in November.Under the plan,a new district officewas projected to be a $3.5 millionexpenditure. Baker estimated thenew site will instead cost under $2million with the added perks of being move-in ready with furnitureand IT equipment.The space at 1200 Industrial Roadis about 9,200 square feet. Details of the transaction will be finalized in thecoming months. The district hopes tobe moved in by this summer.
San Carlos schools seek new home for district office
By Samantha Weigel
Many live a fast-paced,on-the-golifestyle and the accessibility of aquick meal is often necessary,butstate Sen. Mark Leno believes thatshould not outweigh fast food pack-aging’s impact on the environmentand theCalifornia coast.Leno,D-SanFrancisco,authored legisla-tion that wouldprohibit fast foodchains with 20 ormore locationsfrom providingdisposable pack-aging or single-use carryout bags that are not recy-clable or compostable by July 1,2014. The legislation,Senate Bill529,has drawn opposition,however,from restaurant officials who say itwould create a burden on the indus-try that often operates with lowprofit margins.Because the bill requires oldpackaging materials to cease beingused,part of the associated costswill fall on the restaurants,saidAngelica Pappas,spokeswoman forthe California RestaurantAssociation. Members of the associ-ation include McDonald’s,TacoBell,KFC and Pizza Hut.Although it may only be a differ-ence of pennies per packaging unit,it can quickly add up,Pappas said.Even if a restaurant implements
Senator seeksnew fast foodwaste policies
San Mateo is ready to becomethe latest Peninsula city to bansingle-use bags and disposablefood storage containers made of polystyrene,commonly knownas Styrofoam,by emulatingcounty-established templates.While other cities tended totake one proposed ban beforethe other — usually the poly-styrene prohibition followedlater by the bags — the SanMateo City Council will consid-er both at Monday night’s meet-ing. The twin ordinances followstudy sessions in January forplastic bags and March for poly-styrene. The vote comes a week before Earth Day,when bans inseveral other cities will see theirrespective bag restrictions kick in. Redwood City’s bag banstarts Oct. 1.The proposed ordinanceallows patrons without reusablebags to request a single-usepaper version from retailers forthe price of first a dime and,after Dec. 31,2014,a quarter.
San Mateoready toban bags,polystyrene
Bill would force restaurants to providenew packaging,foes claim it too costly
Mark Leno
By Heather Murtagh
Four-year-old Janelle Jimenezmaneuvered through a crowd of pro-fessionals,elected officials andpress Friday morning to sit on afoldable red chair set up at theMagnolia Head Start Preschool inEast Palo Alto.Dental hygienist Ushma Patelhelped Jimenez put on a small nap-kin-like bib around the preschool-er’s neck. Nearby,Leslie Estradaprepared the computer. Within min-utes,the women were taking pic-tures of the little girl’s teeth. Photoswere uploaded into a computer,which could be remotely accessedby a dentist in real time or later thatday. The demonstration held Fridaymorning showcased the new VirtualDentist Home program being pilot-ed locally through funding fromFirst 5 San Mateo County. Usingcurrent technology,health care pro-fessionals can set up temporaryshop at schools,residential commu-nities or wherever they can get wire-less.“This new delivery model pro-vides a much-needed community-based virtual dental home for ourstate’s most vulnerable people,whowill access dental services in theirown communities as well as removesome of the barriers to receivingcare in a traditional dental office,”said Dr. Paul Glassman,projectdirector and professor of dentalpractice at the University of thePacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni Schoolof Dentistry.More than 50 percent of childrenentering kindergarten have experi-enced tooth decay and about 25 per-cent on Medi-Cal get preventativedental care,said Dr. Yogita Thakur,dental director of Ravenswood
Bringing dental care to preschool
Four-year-old Janelle Jimenez takes part in a virtual dentist demonstration with the help of Ushma Patel,left,andLeslie Estrada at the Magnolia Head Start Preschool in East Palo Alto Friday morning.
Virtual Dentist Home program helps provide remote access
The British luxury liner RMS Titanicsank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland at 2:20 a.m. ship’s time,more than 2 1/2 hours after striking aniceberg; 1,514 people died,while lessthan half as many survived.
April 15,2013
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Singer SamanthaFox is 47.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
“History would be an excellent thing if only it were true.” 
— Leo Tolstoy,Russian author (1828-1910).
Singer Roy Clark is80.Actor Seth Rogenis 31.
Venezuelans living in Mexico pose with their ink-stained fingers after voting for a successor to the late President HugoChavez,outside their embassy in Mexico City Sunday.Venezuelans went to the polls to decide whether to honor Chavez’sdying wish for a longtime loyalist to continue his hardline socialism or hand power to a young challenger vowing business-friendly changes.
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On this date:In 1850
,the city of San Francisco was incorporated.
In 1865
,President Abraham Lincoln died,nine hours afterbeing shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’sTheater in Washington. Andrew Johnson became the nation’s17th president.
In 1874
,an exhibition of paintings by 30 artists,includingClaude Monet,Edgar Degas,Pierre-Auguste Renoir and PaulCezanne,opened in Paris. (A critic derisively referred to thepainters as “Impressionists,a name which stuck.)
In 1942
,Britain’s King George VI awarded the George Crossto Malta for its heroism in the early days of World War II.
In 1943
,the Ayn Rand novel “The Fountainhead”was firstpublished by Bobbs-Merrill Co.
In 1947
,Jackie Robinson,baseball’s first black major leagueplayer,made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers onopening day. (The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves,5-3.)
In 1959
,Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington tobegin a goodwill tour of the United States. Secretary of StateJohn Foster Dulles resigned for health reasons (he was suc-ceeded by Christian A. Herter).
In 1986
,the United States launched an air raid against Libyain response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April5; Libya said 37 people,mostly civilians,were killed.
In 1989
,96 people died in a crush of soccer fans atHillsborough Stadium in Sheffield,England. Students inBeijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests; thedemonstrations culminated in a government crackdown atTiananmen Square.
In 1998
,Pol Pot,the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge,died at age 73,evading prosecution for the deaths of two mil-lion Cambodians.Actor Michael Ansara is 91. Author and politician JeffreyArcher is 73. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 69. ActorMichael Tucci is 67. Actress Lois Chiles is 66. Writer-producerLinda Bloodworth-Thomason is 66. Actress Amy Wright is 63.Columnist Heloise is 62. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompsonis 54. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 52. Olympic gold,silverand bronze medal swimmer Dara Torres is 46. Rock musician EdO’Brien (Radiohead) is 45. Actor Danny Pino is 39. ActorDouglas Spain is 39. Rock musician Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is 33. Actress Alice Braga is 30. Rock musician De’MarHamilton (Plain White T’s) is 29. Actress Emma Watson is 23.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Eureka,No.7,in first place;Hot Shot,No.3,in second place;andBig Ben No.4,in third place.The race time wasclocked at 1:43.69.
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San Francisco cable caraccidents costs millions
SAN FRANCISCO — In this city of innumerable tourist attractions,theclanging,hill-conquering cable carsstand out as a top draw.The quaint conveyances also stand outfor the inordinate number of accidentsand the millions of dollars annually thecity pays out to settle lawsuits for bro-ken bones,severed feet and bad bruisescaused when 19th-century technologyruns headlong into 21st-century citytraffic and congestion.Cable cars average about an accident amonth and routinely rank among themost accident-prone mass transportationmodes in the country per vehicle miletraveled annually,according to the U.S.Department of Transportation. Over thelast 10 years,city officials have reported126 accidents injuring 151 people.After the latest serious accident —when seven people were injured after acable car slammed to an unexpected stopafter hitting a small bolt in the track —The Associated Press obtained through apublic records request a listing of cablecar-related legal settlements over the lastthree years.Those figures show the city payingnearly $8 million to settle about fourdozen legal claims.The city has paid on average $12 mil-lion annually to settle all claims con-nected to its mass transportation systemthat in addition to cable cars consists of electric street cars and buses,whichtravel many more miles and carry manymore passengers.City officials acknowledge that theopen air cable cars,which ply only eightmiles of track,produce a disproportion-ate amount of accident-related costs.But they say the cars are a muchbeloved and valuable part of the city’slife and character.Their images are inscribed on the SanFrancisco Giants World Series rings.The cars have been immortalized in songand in television ads selling rice. Andtourists line up dozens deep even infreezing weather for a chance to rideover the city’s Nob and Russian hills.“The iconic cable cars of SanFrancisco are a National HistoricLandmark and we work every day tomake them safer,”San Francisco MayorEd Lee said,adding,“While accidentsand injuries are down from just a fewyears ago,we are always working toimprove the system as a whole.”Federal transportation figures show 19injuries and 16 accidents last year,thesecond highest amount reported in thelast 10 years. There were 36 accidentsreported in 2004.Two months ago,five passengers andtwo workers were injured after the boltcaused their cable car to slam to a sud-den stop,tossing them violently insidethe vehicle. The conductor had facialand tongue injuries and the driver suf-fered internal injuries and cracked ribs,transit officials said.Legal claims are expected,as theyalways are after a cable car accident.The city has been settling lawsuitsalmost since the cable cars began opera-tion in 1893. One woman won a 1970 jury verdict of $50,000 after she claimedthat a minor accident on a cable car shewas riding turned her into a nymphoma-niac.“The 19th Century technology of thecable cars does pose some challenges,”said Paul Rose,a spokesman for the cityagency that oversees San Francisco masstransit. “While one accident is too manyand we’re always working to improvesafety,these incidents are rare.San Francisco remains the only placeon the planet with a true,manually oper-ated cable-car system serving the public.
Cable cars average about an accident amonth and routinely rank among themost accident-prone mass transporta-tion modes in the country.
wenty-four year old Eugene Ely sat inhis flying machine as he calculatedthe wind and observed the weather.The weather had been bad,but the rain hadstopped and the wind had let up a little. “Theship is running on a flood-tide,”someone said.Ely,a farm boy from Iowa,had been crazyabout all mechanical things,especially auto-mobiles. After moving to California,he estab-lished himself as one of the best mechanicsand car drivers on the West Coast. He lovedthe speed and the challenge of racing. Whilein Oregon,his wife Mable,whose sister livedin San Bruno,had told Eugene of a Curtissaircraft on display in Portland. It was a 1,000-pound “pusheraircraft that aviator andinventor Glenn Curtiss had put on display,butit was not for sale. Ely talked the salesmaninto selling it,however,and he immediatelytaught himself the fundamentals of flight,putthe plane into shape to fly and took off into theair. Before long he was “barnstorming”throughout the northwest,making as much as$1,000 per performance. A lot of money at thetime.Ely met Glenn Curtiss in Minnesota oneday,and Curtiss signed him on with theCurtiss Air Shows. While in Virginia to see anair show,Ely met Naval Captain WashingtonIrving Chambers who was in charge of avia-tion matters for the Navy. Ely convincedChambers that taking off from a ship wasentirely possible and Ely accomplished thisfeat from the USS Birmingham in November1910.Ely felt that landing on a ship was also pos-sible and,while in San Francisco in January1911,he convinced the Navy to let himattempt this feat on the armored cruiser USSPennsylvania. The ship was outfitted with a120-by-32-foot wooden landing platform atMare Island. Strips of rope were strung acrossthe platform and tied to canvas bags full of sand that were to stop the aircraft by means of a metal hook anchored to the bottom of theplane. A canvas tarp was strung up at the endof the platform in case the plane overshot thelanding area. Ely’s plane was modified so thewings were longer,and a pair of metal tankswere secured underneath to float the plane incase the pilot ended up in the Bay.After the rain stopped,Ely felt it was now ornever for the flight. He had prepared himself for this moment and he was now ready. Theplane was ready. He took off into the windfrom the Tanforan race track center field. Heheaded north to the Hunter’s Point area andturned right. He was now over the Bay andagain headed north to rendezvous with theUSS Pennsylvania.All of a sudden he flew into an area of fogand he lost his bearings. The ship was not inview as he continued north. Suddenly the airwas clear again,and he sighted the ship withher nose pointed toward the Golden Gate. Thecaptain of the ship,Captain Pond,and Ely had
Eugene Ely’s flight into the history books
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Attempted burglary.
A residential frontdoor lock was damaged on Briarfield Waybefore 8:12 p.m. on Friday,April 5.
Suspicious persons.
Two men were seenknocking on residential doors on CambridgeStreet before 4:37 p.m. on Friday,April 5.
Suspicious circumstances.
Four separate caralarms were heard on Continentals Waybefore 9:44 a.m. on Friday,April 5.
A window to a vehicle wassmashed on Emmett Avenue before 1:52 p.m.on Saturday,April 6.
Stolen vehicle.
A green Honda Accord wentmissing on El Camino Real before 9:37 p.m.on Wednesday,April 3.
An iPad was stolen from an unlockedvehicle on Concourse Drive before 12:53p.m. on Sunday,March 31.
A woman came home to find aman burglarizing her residence on MarlinAvenue before 12:10 p.m. on Monday,April8.
Petty theft.
A vehicle registration tab wasstolen on Cartier Lane before 10:38 a.m. onMonday,April 8.
Suspicious circumstances.
A personreceived several harassing emails from anunknown person on Edgewater Boulevardbefore 11:04 a.m. on Friday,April 5.
Eugene Ely made history by landing a plane on the USS Pennsylvania in 1911.

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