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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
April 27-28,2013
Vol XII,Edition 217
A blog dedicated to Unreal events inReal Estate. For buying or selling a homein the Palo Alto Area,
Call John King at650•354•1100
After near-stall,economy up
Consumers shrug offgovernment cuts,but economists say unemployment,slow growth creating drag
By Martin Crutsingerand Christopher S. Rugaber
WASHINGTON — After nearly stalling inlate 2012,the American economy quickenedits pace early this year despite deep govern-ment cutbacks. The strongest consumerspending in two years fueled a 2.5 percentannual growth rate in the January-Marchquarter.The question is:Can it last?Federal spending cuts,higher SocialSecurity taxes and cautious businesses arelikely to weigh on the economy in comingmonths.Most economists say they think growth,asmeasured by the gross domestic product,isslowing in the April-June quarter to an annualrate of about 2 percent. Many predict growthwill hover around that subpar level for the restof the year.Friday’s Commerce Department report onGDP showed that consumers stepped upspending at an annual rate of 3.2 percent inthe January-March quarter — the biggest such jump since the end of 2010. Growth was alsohelped by businesses,which responded to thegreater demand by rebuilding their stockpiles.And home construction rose further.Government spending sank at a 4.1 percentannual rate,led by another deep cut indefense.Sal Guatieri,senior economist at BMOCapital Markets,foresees more improvementin the second half of the year.“The second-half acceleration will be sup-ported by improved household finances,pent-up demand for autos and the ongoing recov-ery in housing,”Guatieri says. “We are seeingsignificant housing-related consumer pur-chases in such areas as furniture.”
By Sally Schilling
When a Burlingame codeenforcement officer visited herhome,Kathleen Gorman had noidea she was over the legal limit. Forcats. In fact,she had no idea therewas a cat and dog limit.In Burlingame,a household mayhave up to three cats and two dogswithout a permit. The City Councilcan issue a permit to allow a resi-dent to keep any combination of catsand dogs,up to five animals.Gorman’s life is filled with ani-mals. She owns several cats,fostersferal kittens for the PeninsulaHumane Society and works for ananimal supply company.Gorman is constantly “talkingcats”with her clients and neighbors.“I talk cats and talk cats,andsometimes I get them adopted,”shesaid.For the past six years,her foster-ing has helped more than 100 kit-tens find homes,she said.“I don’t have any kids,she said.“This is just my way to give back,what can I say.”Gorman told Code EnforcementOfficer Sue Harris that she was over
Of cats and code enforcement
Burlingame woman finds trouble in her quest to foster feral cats
Kathleen Gorman with her cat Lou,a tamed feral cat.Gorman fosters kittensfor the Peninsula Humane Society.
Crocker Middle School will hold the Cardboard Carnival from 11 a.m.to 5p.m.Saturday,April 27.
By Heather Murtagh
Cardboard was sprawled out onthe ground at Hillsborough’sCrocker Middle School Tuesdayafternoon as students got to work.Using tape,markers,spray paintand cutting tools,the students got towork designing what would becomecarnival games. Inspired by the pop-ular YouTube video “Caine’sArcade,the students worked thisweek constructing their own card-board games. The hard work willcome together for a weekend carni-val. Anyone can play the games,buytreats,win prizes and enjoy a
Cardboard carnival tobenefitlocal nonprofit
A Redwood City man arrested for assaultinghis girlfriend on the 2700 block of DevonshireAvenue in unincorporated San Mateo CountyThursday night escaped custody and is con-sidered dangerous,according to the Sheriff’sOffice.At approximately 8:45 p.m.,sheriff’sdeputies arrived at the location after reports of a domestic violence assault in progress. Theman,identified as Juan Carlos Valencia,27,was handcuffed and placed in the back of apatrol car. He escaped the car and fled on foot.Deputies chased him and established aperimeter but he evadedcapture. He has madecomments that he will notgo back to jail and is con-sidered dangerous,accord-ing to the Sheriff’s Office.How he was able toescape is under investiga-tion,according to theSheriff’s Office.He is described as 5 feet8 inches,200 pounds,with black hair andbrown eyes. He may be driving a silver four-
Man escapes custody after alleged assault
By Michelle Durand
Pooroushasb “PeterParineh went shootingat a range two months before his wife diedinside their Woodside mansion from two bul-lets fired from the same weapon,according toprosecutors who say he claimed not to knowits location when deputies confiscated all hisfirearms following a previous suicide attempt.Parineh had four regis-tered guns but only surren-dered two in March 2010after his wife overdosed onpills,telling sheriff’sdeputies he did not knowwhere the other two were.A month later,his 56-year-
Husband was acting ‘unusual’at gym the day wife was shot
Went to gun range two months before her death
 Juan ValenciaPeter Parineh
April 27-28,2013
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Actor James LeGros is 51.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The Battle of York took place in UpperCanada during the War of 1812 as aU.S. force defeated the British garrisonin present-day Toronto before with-drawing.
“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.No one caneliminate prejudices — just recognize them.” 
— Edward R.Murrow,American journalist (1908-1965)
Announcer CaseyKasem is 81.Singer Patrick Stump is 29.
Rescue workers look for trapped garment workers at the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar,Bangladesh.
:Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Patchy fog in themorning. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwestwinds 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in theupper 40s. West winds 10 to 20 mph.
:Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny.Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 60s. West windsaround 5 mph.
Sunday night
:Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Northwest winds5 to 10 mph.
:Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.
Monday night through Wednesday night:
Mostly clear.Lows in the upper 40s. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s.
Local Weather Forecast
(Answers Monday)SCARF ISSUE MEDIUM PRANCEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:When the beauty pageant winner from the U.S.traveled, sometimes she would — MISS AMERICANow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
©2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
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In 1521,
Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killedby natives in the Philippines.
In 1777,
the only land battle in Connecticut during theRevolutionary War,the Battle of Ridgefield,took place,result-ing in a limited British victory.
In 1805
,during the First Barbary War,an American-led forceof Marines and mercenaries captured the city of Derna,on theshores of Tripoli.
In 1822
,the 18th president of the United States,Ulysses S.Grant,was born in Point Pleasant,Ohio.
In 1865
,the steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi Rivernear Memphis,Tenn.,killing more than 1,400 people,mostlyfreed Union prisoners of war.
In 1938,
King Zog I of the Albanians married CountessGeraldine Apponyi de Nagy-Apponyi.
In 1941
,German forces occupied Athens during World War II.
In 1967
,Expo ’67 was officially opened in Montreal byCanadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.
In 1973,
Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray resigned after itwas revealed that he’d destroyed files removed from the safe of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt.
In 1982,
the trial of John W. Hinckley Jr.,who had shot fourpeople,including President Ronald Reagan,began inWashington. (The trial ended with Hinckley’s acquittal by rea-son of insanity.)
In 1992,
the new Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was pro-claimed in Belgrade by the republic of Serbia and its lone ally,Montenegro. Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics wonentry into the International Monetary Fund and the WorldBank. Betty Boothroyd became the first female Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons.Actress Anouk Aimee is 81. Actress Judy Carne is 74. Rock musician Jim Keltner is 71. Rhythm-and-blues singer CubaGooding is 69. Singer Ann Peebles is 66. Rock singer KatePierson (The B-52’s) is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer HerbieMurrell (The Stylistics) is 64. Actor Douglas Sheehan is 64. Rock musician Ace Frehley is 62. Pop singer Sheena Easton is 54.Rock musician Rob Squires (Big Head Todd and the Monsters)is 48. Singer Mica Paris is 44. Actor David Lascher is 41. ActressMaura West is 41. Actress Sally Hawkins is 37. Rock musicianPatrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket) is 35. Rock singer JimJames (My Morning Jacket) is 35.Ice cream is an $11 billion retail industry.***Ice cream production,and consumption,increased greatly in the 20th century withadvances in refrigeration and power. In1899,U.S. production of ice cream was 5million gallons. In 1909,30 million gal-lons were produced. In 1919,150 milliongallons were made and in 1986,800 mil-lion gallons of ice cream were produced.***California is the nation’s largest icecream producer. The state produced 156million gallons of ice cream last year,including sherbet and frozen yogurt.***In 1905,11-year-old Frank Epperson lefthis fruit-flavored drink outside on theporch with a stir stick in it. The drink froze to the stick. Eighteen years later,in1923,Frank applied for a patent for“frozen ice on a stick.Originally calledthe Epsicle,Frank’s children renamed thetreat Popsicle.***Most popsicle sticks are made from birchwood.***Where can you find these characters?Poncho Punch,Little Orphan Orange,Strawberry Short Kook,Louie-BlooRaspberry,Sir Isaac Lime and Alexanderthe Grape. See answer at end.***During prohibition,many bars were con-verted into ice cream parlors.***Japan receives the most exported icecream from the United States.***We have all experienced a “brain freeze.”When something cold touches the roof of your mouth,the nerves overreact to thecold temperature and assume that thebrain must need heating. Blood vesselsswell to heat the brain. This causes thedreaded,and misunderstood,“brainfreeze.”***Vanilla is the most popular ice cream fla-vor. The favorite ice cream topping ischocolate syrup.***Americans consume the most ice creamin the world. New Zealand comes in sec-ond,Denmark is third.***Chiquita bananas are grown in Honduras,Panama,Costa Rica and Columbia.***Peanuts are sometimes called groundnutsbecause they grow underground. Othernames for peanuts are goobers,gooberpeas,pindars,earth nuts,Manila nuts andgrass nuts.***Around 5 percent of people share theirice cream with their pet cat or dog.***Ben & Jerry’s employees are allowed totake home three pints of ice cream a day.***The largest ice cream scoop pyramidconsisted of 3,100 scoops and stood fourfeet high. The pyramid was made in Mauiin May 2000 by Baskin Robbins execu-tives and franchisees.***It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to makeone gallon of ice cream.***Ice cream is made up of milk,nonfatmilk,sweeteners and flavoring. Ice creammust contain at least 10 percent milkfat.Premium ice cream may contain as muchas 16 percent milkfat.***Ice milk contains 2 percent to 7 percentmilkfat. Sherbet contains milk,but hasonly 1 percent to 2 percent milkfat.Sorbet contains no milk.***Cream is fat that rises to the top of wholemilk. Half & half cream is a mixture of cream and whole milk.***
:They are the characters pictured on each flavor of Otter Pops. Each Otter Pop,frozen juice in a long plastic tube,comes in one-ounce servings. The shelf life of an Otter Pop is 24 months from thedate of manufacture.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments? Emailknowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Lucky Star,No.2,in frist place;Gold Rush,No.1,in second place;and Eureka,No.7,in third place.The race timewas clocked at 1:49.04.
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Suspicious circumstances.
Two boys tackledanother boy and stole his bag on the 600block of Concar Drive before 3:36 p.m.Tuesday,April 23.
. A man’s bank statement was taken onthe 2200 block of South Norfolk Streetbefore 8:11 p.m. Monday,April 22.
Suspicious circumstances.
Two people wentinto the backyard of a home when the ownerwas out of town on the 4000 block of Marshall Avenue before 7:40 p.m. Monday,April 22.
. A computer bag was stolen from avehicle on the 1800 block of South GrantStreet before 5:53 p.m. Monday,April 22.
Grand theft.
A vehicle was stolen on the 700block of First Avenue before 6:51 a.m.Thursday,April 18.
. A vehicle was vandalized on the500 block of Ludeman Lane before 3:18 p.m.Tuesday,April 23.
Controlled substance
. A man was found tobe in possession of controlled substance para-phernalia on Rollins Road before 3 a.m.Tuesday,April 23.
Resisting officer.
A man reportedly resistedan officer who was out on a call for a civildispute on the 500 block of Magnolia Avenuebefore 5:07 p.m. Friday,April 19.
Police reports
Help! I need a handyman
Someone reported their door handle felloff on the 3200 block of CountrysideDrive in San Mateo before 9:24 a.m.Tuesday,April 16.
By Michelle Durand
A Burlingame man’s claim that he fatallybeat his roommate after the 70-year-old mandemanded oral sex is “ludicrous”because of the victim’s age,physical ailments and a blad-der so full at his time of death it was distend-ed,a prosecutor told jurors during closingarguments Friday.But Lawrence Hoffman’s defense team saidnot only did Joseph Consentino propositiontheir client but it released pent-up rage overchildhood sexual abuse that ended with himdead on the floor of their shared apartment andtheir client on trial.“The issue is what happened and what washis mental state when this happened,defenseattorney May Mar said.Mar told the jury her client,while responsi-ble for Consentino’s Dec. 5,2011 death,wasacting in perceived self-defense.“This is a homicide. This is a manslaughter.This is not a murder,Mar said,addingHoffman never would have foreseen himself sitting at the defense table for having killedsomebody.Hoffman,65,is charged with murder,theuse of a deadly weapon and causing great bod-ily injury of a person overage 60. The jury was alsoinstructed in the lesserdegrees of homicide.Consentino,who had nodefensive wounds,diedfrom a massive hole in theback of his head whichprosecutor Al Serrato saidwas caused by at least nineseparate blows.The men weren’t quitefriends but Hoffmanmoved into Consentino’s Garden Drive apart-ment in 2011 to make ends meet and helpConsentino sell off his late wife’s belongings.Serrato said the two immediately butted headsand argued that Hoffman felt Consentinodemeaned his family so he committed a “hor-ribly violent death on a man who posed noharm to him.”According to the defense,Consentino clad only in his boxers — brandished a malletand demanded oral sex from a surprisedHoffman who had a towel in his mouthbecause of panic attack-induced gagging.Hoffman allegedly “snapped”because as achild he was sodomized by his father whileforced to bark like a dog,then grabbed themallet and struck Consentino twice.Hoffman also allegedly was abused by ascout leader and sexually abused his ownyounger brother.Serrato asked jurors not to fall for Hoffman’sstory or give him sympathy. Serrato saidConsentino had physical problems includingemphysema and cardiac issues,atrophied testi-cles and a full bladder — none of whichsounded like a man in the mood for sex espe-cially from a gagging man,he said.The claim is “so ludicrous that if this wasn’ta murder trial it would be laughable,he said.Serrato told jurors if they believed Hoffmanwas responsible for the mallet’s presence theyhad to convict him of murder and pointed outthat despite the claim the tool was for disman-tling metal bookshelves two such pieces of fur-niture were photographed in the apartment.After Consentino’s death,Hoffman coveredthe body with three blankets,left an air fresh-ener nearby and fled first to Reno,then back toSan Francisco where he confessed to a friendand ultimately Glendale where he was appre-hended.Serrato said cleanup of the scene and cover-ing of the body to mask the smell shows clearthinking that proves premeditation.Hoffman remains in custody without bail.
DA claims murder suspects story ‘ludicrous’
Defense said sex demand spurred fatal beating
Prison time for formercollege IT director’s theft
The San Mateo County Community CollegeDistrict’s former information technologydirector was sentenced to three years in prisonFriday for misusing the agency’s credit card tobuy $350,000 worth of goods later sold online.Bradley John Witham,43,faced up to fiveyears and his defense sought two. Withampleaded no contest to four felonies includingthree counts of forging documents and onecount of embezzlement of public funds by apublic official. He also admitted taking morethan $65,000.Prosecutors say,between June 2006 andJune 2012,Witham used the district’s creditcard to buy dozens of electronic items likecomputers,hard drives and memory sticksonline which were then resold on eBay andCraigslist. Witham also submitted for reim-bursement three forged receipts for iPhonesand a bunk bed set.When Witham resigned from the district andheaded to Australia,former worker Mark Anthony Bustos hacked into the vice chancel-lor’s email and learned of the investigation bythe District Attorney’s Office. Bustos thenalerted Witham,according to prosecutors.For his role,Bustos was sentenced to 90days in jail.
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