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April 16, 2013 edition of the San Mateo Daily Journal
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11/25/2013

 
www.smdailyjournal.com
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Tuesday
April 16,2013
Vol XII,Edition 207
DEADLYDAYINIRA
WORLD PAGE 28
 
DEATHTOLLFROMBIRDFLUONRISE
HEALTH PAGE 19
SERIES OF CAR BOMBS KILL 55 LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE VOTE
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Non-violent theft,or larceny,is a crime onthe rise locally and police think they knowwhy — the perpetrators,even if caught,risk light punishment.The latest trend sweeping San MateoCounty is the so-called door-knock burglary inwhich criminals simply canvas neighborhoodsand knock on doors to see if anyone is home.If someone is home,they move on,but if not,they find a way into the house through a reardoor or window and make off with jewelry,electronic items or other valuables.The crimes are taking place almost every
‘Door-knock’ burglaries on the rise
Light punishment,possibility of easy gains part of the cause
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The county’s pension plan may havemore than a $2 billion unfunded liability,twice what the organization reports,andelected leaders have failed to monitor orsignificantly reduce retirement costs,according to the civil grand jury.In a document released yesterday,the civilgrand jury found that the San Mateo CountyEmployees Retirement Association lost morethan $11 million on its investments for fiscalyear 2012 and on average has failed to achieve
Grand jury knocks county pension plan
Report claims $2 billion in unfunded liability
By Dan McMenamin
BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE
In the wake of the deadly explo-sions near the finish line of theBoston Marathon Monday,SanFrancisco’s mayor and police chief said they are not aware of anythreats locally,but that authoritieswill be reviewing security plans forupcoming events that will drawlarge crowds to the city.The explosions,which occurredaround 2:50 p.m. Boston time,leftat least three people dead anddozens more injured.San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee andpolice Chief Greg Suhr spoke toreporters Monday afternoon,sayingsecurity measures will be scruti-nized for all big events in the com-ing months,including the CraigslistBay to Breakers race next month.“We’re looking at every singleevent that we have scheduled,”Leesaid.The mayor said his office hasalready been in contact with Bay toBreakers organizers and that addi-tional steps may be taken before the
Local event security under scrutiny
San Francisco police,mayor make plans for Bay to Breakers,other races
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Terror in Boston
By Jimmy Golen
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BOSTON — Two bombs explod-ed in the crowded streets near thefinish line of the BostonMarathon onMonday,killing at leastthree peopleand injuringmore than 140in a bloodyscene of shat-tered glassand severed limbs that raised alarmsthat terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.A White House official speakingon condition of anonymity becausethe investigation was still unfoldingsaid the attack was being treated as
Marathon attack kills three,injuresmore than 140
Loved ones seekword on runnersafter explosions
By Tammy Webber
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — Far-flung familymembers,co-workers and friendsfrantically used social media,cell-phones and even a “people finder”website Monday to try to learn thefate of participants and spectators atthe Boston Marathon,where twopeople were killed and dozensinjured after a pair of bombs explod-ed near the finish line of one of theworld’s great races.
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Rihanna cancels Houstonshow because of illness
NEW YORK — Rihanna has canceledanother date on her latest tour becauseshe is ill.Live Nation says the Grammy-win-ning singer is unable to perform atMonday’s concert in Houston “as aresult of illness.”The concert promotersays fans should retain their tickets touse at a rescheduled show.Rihanna canceled shows in Baltimoreand Boston on her “Diamonds WorldTourlast month because she was sick.The next date on the singer’s tour isTuesday in Dallas. She’s supporting herseventh album,“Unapologetic,whichfeatures the hits “Diamonds”and“Stay.”Rapper A$AP Rocky is the openingact on Rihanna’s tour.
 Judge holds self incontempt for his smartphone
IONIA,Mich. — A Michigan judgewhose smartphone disrupted a hearingin his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $25 for the infrac-tion.Judge Raymond Voet has a postedpolicy at Ionia County 64A DistrictCourt stating that electronic devicescausing a disturbance during court ses-sions will result in the owner being citedwith contempt,the Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and MLive.com reported.On Friday afternoon,during a prose-cutor’s closing argument as part of a jury trial,Voet’s new smartphone beganto emit sounds requesting phone voicecommands. Voet said he thinks hebumped the phone,and the embarrass-ment likely left his face red.“I’m guessing I bumped it. It startedtalking really loud,saying ‘I can’tunderstand you. Say something likeMom,”’he said.Voet has used a Blackberry mobilephone for years,and said he wasn’t asfamiliar with the operation of the newtouchscreen,Windows-based phone.“That’s an excuse,but I don’t takethose excuses from anyone else. I set thebar high,because cellphones are a dis-traction and there is very serious busi-ness going on,he said. “The courtroomis a special place in the community,andit needs more respect than that.”Over the years,the judge whose courtis about 110 miles northwest of Detroithas taken phones away from police offi-cers,attorneys,witnesses,spectatorsand friends. During a break in the trial,Voet held himself in contempt,finedhimself and paid the fine.“Judges are humans,Voet said.“They’re not above the rules. I broke therule and I have to live by it.”
Woman cited forcalling 911 seeking divorce
GIRARD,Pa. — Police have cited a42-year-old Pennsylvania woman fordisorderly conduct after she called 911requesting a divorce and police assis-tance to make her husband leave.Troopers say the woman called justafter 1 a.m. Saturday asking that officersbe sent to her home in Girard Townshipin northwestern Pennsylvania.Police say they explained to thewoman,whom they are not identifying,that a divorce is a civil matter and thatthey could not make her husband leavethe residence because no crime had beencommitted.Instead,police have cited the womanfor disorderly conduct and misusing theErie County 911 system.
Weinstein,Chapmanwelcome baby boy
LOS ANGELES — Harvey Weinsteinand Georgina Chapman have added ababy boy to their family.A spokeswoman for the 61-year-oldco-chairman of the Weinstein Co. saidMonday that Weinstein and his 37-year-old fashion designer wife welcomed ason Thursday in New York.Weinstein and the Marchesa co-founder are already parents to a 2-year-old daughter. The Oscar-winning pro-ducer of such films as “Silver LiningsPlaybookand “Django Unchained”also has three daughters from his previ-ous marriage to Eve Chilton.Chapman and Weinstein married in2007.
FOR THE RECORD2
Tuesday
April 16,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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NFL coach BillBelichick is 61.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1963
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “Letterfrom Birmingham Jail”in which thecivil rights activist responded to a groupof local clergymen who’d criticized himfor leading street protests; King defend-ed his tactics,writing,“Injustice any-where is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Chaos is the score uponwhich reality is written.” 
— Henry Miller,American author (1891-1980)
Pope EmeritusBenedict XVI is 86.Actor MartinLawrence is 48.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A Hindu devotee hanging from a rope throws offering toward other devotees during the ‘Chadak’ritual in Kolkata,India.
Tuesday
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Tuesday night
:Clear. Lows in themid 40s. North winds 10 to 20 mph.Gusts up to 35 mph in the evening.
Wednesday
:Sunny. Highs in thelower 60s. North winds 10 to 20mph.
Wednesday night:
Clear. Lows in the upper 40s.Northwest winds around 20 mph...Becoming northaround 10 mph after midnight.
Thursday
:Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.
Thursday night:
Clear. Lows in the upper 40s.Friday through Monday:Mostly clear. Highs in themid 60s. Lows in the upper 40s.
Local Weather Forecast
(Answers tomorrow)FRONTSWEPTFICKLE RATHERYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The author’s expenses related to doing researchfor a new book would be — WRITTEN OFFNow 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 1789,
President-elect George Washington left Mount Vernon,Va.,for his inauguration in New York.
In 1862,
during the Civil War,President Abraham Lincoln signeda bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. TheConfederacy conscripted all white men between the ages of 18 to35.
In 1879
,Bernadette Soubirous,who’d described seeing visionsof the Virgin Mary at Lourdes,died in Nevers,France.
In 1912
,American aviator Harriet Quimby became the firstwoman to fly across the English Channel,traveling from Dover,England,to France in 59 minutes.
In 1917
,Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile.
In 1935,
the radio comedy program “Fibber McGee and Molly”premiered on NBC’s Blue Network.
In 1945,
U.S. troops reached Nuremberg,Germany,during theSecond World War.
In 1947,
the French ship Grandcamp blew up at the harbor inTexas City,Texas; another ship,the High Flyer,exploded the fol-lowing day (the blasts and fires killed nearly 600 people).Financier Bernard M. Baruch said in a speech at the SouthCarolina statehouse,“Let us not be deceived — we are today inthe midst of a cold war.”
In 1962,
Bob Dylan debuted his song “Blowin’in the Wind”atGerde’s Folk City in New York; Walter Cronkite succeededDouglas Edwards as CBS-TV’s principal anchorman.
In 1972,
Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon withastronauts John W. Young,Charles M. Duke Jr. and KenMattingly on board.
In 1996
,Britain’s Prince Andrew and his wife,Sarah,theDuchess of York,announced they were in the process of divorc-ing.
In 2007,
in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. histo-ry,student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking his own life.Actor Peter Mark Richman is 86. Singer Bobby Vinton is 78.Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II is 73. Basketball Hall-of-FamerKareem Abdul-Jabbar is 66. Ann Romney is 64. Rock singer-turned-politician Peter Garrett is 60. Actress Ellen Barkin is 59.Rock musician Jason Scheff (Chicago) is 51. Singer JimmyOsmond is 50. Rock singer David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is 49.Actor Jon Cryer is 48. Rock musician Dan Rieser is 47. ActorPeter Billingsley is 42. Actor Lukas Haas is 37.
In other news ...Lotto
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Tuesday
April 16,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
BURLINGAME
Public intoxication.
An intoxicated personwas picked up by a family member afterbeing found walking on the 1100 block of Capuchino Avenue before 11:15 p.m. onThursday,April 4.
Arrest
. A man was arrested for shoplifting onthe 1400 block of Howard Avenue before5:28 p.m. on Thursday,April 4.
Suspicious circumstance.
An unoccupiedstolen vehicle was recovered on the 1200block of Bayshore Highway before 2:19 p.m.on Thursday,April 4.
Grand theft.
A vehicle was stolen on the 800block of Walnut Avenue before 6:12 a.m. onThursday,April 4.
Arrest
. A man was arrested for public intox-ication and bothering citizens downtown onthe 200 block of Lorton Avenue before 2:06p.m. on Wednesday,April 3.
Accident
. A street sign was damaged by ahit-and-run on the first block of PeninsulaAvenue before 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday,April 2.
Accident
. A parking meter was damaged by ahit-and-run on the 1100 block of Chula VistaAvenue before 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday,April 2.
REDWOOD CITY 
Suspicious person.
A man was goingthrough garbage cans on Bonita Avenuebefore 9:54 p.m. Wednesday,April 10.
Suspicious person
. A man wearing glassesand a black sweatshirt was banging on resi-dents’doors on Union Avenue before 7:16p.m. Wednesday,April 10.
Stolen vehicle
. A vehicle was stolen on ElCamino Real before 4:07 p.m. Wednesday,April 10.
Suspicious vehicle.
A suspicious vehicle wasspotted on Brewster Avenue before 3:19 p.m.Wednesday,April 10.
Vandalism.
A motorcycle parked in a drive-way was spray painted on Rosemary Lanebefore 2:48 p.m. Wednesday,April 10.
Vandalism
. Someone reported ongoing dam-age to their yard by the gardener on CopleyAvenue before 2:13 p.m. Wednesday,April10.
Suspicious person.
Six men were loiteringand smoking marijuana on Redwood Avenuebefore 12:24 p.m. Wednesday,April 10.
Vandalism
. Someone reported their vehiclewas broken into but nothing was stolen on IrisStreet before 11:58 a.m. Wednesday,April10.
SAN CARLOS
Suspicious person.
A suspicious person wasseen at the 2200 block of Eaton Avenuebefore 11:53 a.m. Wednesday,April 10.
Burglary
. Someone reported a burglary onthe 1100 block of Industrial Road before10:10 a.m. Wednesday,April 10.
Stolen vehicle.
A vehicle was stolen at the1500 block of Cherry Street before 8:45 a.m.Wednesday,April 10.
Hit-and-run
. A hit-and-run accidentoccurred on the 1100 block of IndustrialRoad before 4:33 p.m. on Tuesday,April 9.
Burglary
. A burglary occurred on the 900block of Rosewood Avenue before 11:42 a.m.on Monday,April 8.
Arrest
. A man was arrested for driving with-out a license at Eaton Park before 10:30 p.m.on Thursday,March 28.
Police reports
Cleaned out
Someone reported their housekeeper stolea jewelry box on Maple Street inRedwood City before 4:51 p.m. Tuesday,April 9.
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Tres Amigos in downtown San Mateoserved its last tacos Christmas Day but theowners were served with something a littleless tasteful Friday — a civil complaintalleging sexual harassment by two formerfemale employees over four years.Although the two women quit the taqueriaalmost two years ago,they were cleared totake action against the three owners andseven other male employees after theyreceived a “right-to-sue”letter from theCalifornia Department of Fair Employmentand Housing,their lawyer Rafael Crespo toldthe Daily Journal yesterday.The founding partners,or three amigos,arebeing sued for subjecting both ReynabeMercado and Luz Maria Torrez to a hostilework environment.The Tres Amigos owners denied the allega-tions during the DFEH process,Crespo said.The owners could not be reached for com-ment.Mercado and Torrez quit Tres Amigos onthe same day in 2011,April 27,after severalmale employees allegedly harassed them.They both came to work for the taco shop in2007.The two women allege they were shownpornographic images by three male co-work-ers of a man having sex with a horse andpornographic cartoons of men and women,according to the complaint.The women allege they were touched inap-propriately; shown and encouraged to readthe Kama Sutra to learn about sexual posi-tions; asked to simulate sex acts with a hose;and subjected to co-workers who pretendedto masturbate.The women were also told,according tothe complaint,that “if you don’t like it,well,there are other people who need a job.”Named in the civil complaint are ownersAdrian Valle,Salvador Valle and PilarContreras. The employees named in the suitare Gabriel Chaidez,Javier Rodriguez,Almiku Lnu,Ricardo Chaidez,AntemioRamirez,Jose Fonseca and Adrian Fonseca.The complaint,filed in San Mateo CountySuperior Court,alleges that ownershipencouraged the hostile work environmentagainst women by its male employees.The woman contend in the complaint thatthey have suffered and continue to sufferhumiliation,emotional distress,mental andphysical pain and anguish and that theharassment was done with intent.They are seeking unspecified damages.The downtown San Mateo taco shop isclosed now but the partners operate two otherrestaurants in Half Moon Bay and SanMateo.
silverfarb@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 106
Taco shop sued forsexual harassment
Former female employees allege hostile work environment
 
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