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06/12/2013

 
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
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By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A jury deliberated just two days before con-victing a Burlingame man of fatally beatinghis roommate with a mallet in a fit of anger.That anger,the defense had claimed,was theresult of suppressed rage stemming fromchildhood sexual abuse that came to a headwhen the dead man demanded oral sex.Lawrence Hoffman,65,was found guiltyThursday morning of mur-dering Joseph Consentino,70,in the first degree,using a deadly weapon todo so and causing greatbodily injury of a personover age 60. With its ver-dict,the jury sided withprosecutor Al Serrato’sversion of events which isthat Hoffman “snapped”on Dec. 5,2011 after feeling Consentinodemeaned his family and struck him at leastnine times in the back of the head until he wascertain of death. Hoffman then covered thebody with three blankets and fled,confessingto a friend in San Francisco and eventuallylanding in Southern California where he sur-rendered.Hoffman faces 26 years to life when sen-tenced July 12.“Justice was served today,Serrato said,adding that the jury “concluded he had notbeen honest.”Defense attorney Geoff Carr said he wouldhave found a second-degree conviction morereasonable.“Clearly we dropped the ball in providing adefense that would not have resulted in a first-degree verdict,”Carr said.He expects to seek a new trial.
Roommate convicted of murder
Jury rejects repressed memory of childhood sexual abuse defense
LawrenceHoffman
Driver to trial forpedestrian death
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A driver whose out-of-control car sent aconcrete garbage can flying into a 67-year-old San Mateo pedestrian who died afterthe motorist allegedly checked on thepinned man and fled was held to answeryesterday on several charges.
SSF officialsOK PlannedParenthood
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Green and pink signs showed the split nature of the opinionsof those at the South San Francisco Planning Commission lastnight when a proposal to open a Planned Parenthood in down-town was approved.After more than two hours of comments,a majority of the67 speakers opposed the plan but not necessarily for the same
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Developers of the debated TransitVillage mixed-use project around theSan Carlos train station plan to resubmitdesigns for a scaled-down project butprefer residents view the changes per-sonally at public unveilings that mightstart in late May.“A picture is worth a thousand wordsand we encourage people to come to themeetings because a few small wordsdon’t begin to explain the overalldesign,said Jeff Byrd,senior managingdirector of Legacy Partners. “We don’twant people to read one word or sen-tence and make a judgment.”Byrd said Legacy planned to announcethe new design when it is officially sub-mitted to the city in a few weeks butword leaked out when Councilman Mark Olbert blogged that the developer wasshowing the revisions to councilmem-bers who approved the environmentalimpact report. Olbert voted against theEIR and wrote that he was not contactedalthough the company called him after
New Transit Village plans to be unveiled
Developers want public vetting of scaled-down project
 Josue Lopez
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 The South San Francisco Planning Commission approved aproposal to open a Planned Parenthood despite protestsfrom many who attended the meeting last night.
REUTERS
Golden State’s Stephen Curry celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets during Game 6 of their NBAWestern Conference quarter-final playoff.
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Friday
May 3,2013
Vol XII,Edition 222
 
STOCKSGAIN ON JOBLESS CLAIMS
BUSINESSPAGE 10
 
 Judge says sorry,pays $100,000
In an unusual act of contrition,a statecourt judge publicly apologized andagreed to pay $100,000 to Silicon Valleybillionaire Tom Siebel the week of May3,2008 for wrongfully besmirching himin a lawsuit she filed as an attorney morethan a decade prior."I write to express my sincere regretfor pursuing claims against you thatwere determined to be without merit,"San Mateo Superior CourtJudge Carol Mittlesteadtwrote in an apology toSiebel that was releasedthat week.Mittlesteadt,who was appointed tothe bench in 1998,also acknowledgedher actions "may have caused substan-tial expense and inconvenience,anddamage to (Siebel’s) reputation andgood name."The apology was part of a settlementthat ended a 12-year legal battle.The odyssey began after Siebel’s soft-ware company fired its top sales repre-sentative,Debra Christoffers.Representing Christoffers,Mittlesteadtfiled a wrongful termination and sex dis-crimination lawsuit that named Siebel aswell as his company. A court later ruledthat the charges against Siebel wereunfounded.
Shark kills San Mateo bartender
A San Mateo bartender with a win-ning smile died the week of May 3,2008 from a shark attack off the PacificCoast of Mexico.Adrian Ruiz,25,diedthat week on the first dayof his 10-day surf trip.He was likely catchinghis first waves when ashark bit a 15-inch gash inhis right leg. He bled to death as friendsand rescuers tried to rush him to the hos-pital.
On-ramp to close
The week of May 3,2008,it wasannounced that access to Coyote PointRecreation Area was to be limited fortwo weeks and the nearby on-ramp wasto be closed for more than a year asCaltrans works on the elevated road atAirport Boulevard near the PeninsulaAvenue overpass.The work was set to begin May 5,2008 and continue until May 19,2008.The construction was part of a $150 mil-lion contract to add 4.5 miles of auxil-iary lanes between Millbrae and Thirdavenues and construct a new PeninsulaAvenue overpass.
Trio stuck off Devil’s Slide
Rescuers were forced to closeHighway 1 at Devil’s Slide the week of May 3,2008 after anOregon couple and anOklahoma transient gotstuck on the beach below thedangerous cliff.Dozens of rescue crews converged onthe north end of Devil’s Slide afterreceiving a 911 call shortly after 3 p.m.on Monday of that week. The three-houreffort to find the stranded travelersresulted in a complete closure of thehighway while crews parked their vehi-cles on the road.
From the archives highlights stories original-ly printed five years ago this week. It appearsin the Friday edition of the Daily Journal.
FOR THE RECORD2
Friday
May 3,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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Sports announcerGreg Gumbel is67.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1973
Chicago’s 110-story Sears Tower (nowthe Willis Tower) was topped out aftertwo years of construction,becoming theworld’s tallest building for the next 25years.
“ 
Nobody is bored when he is trying to make somethingthat is beautiful,or to discover something that is true.” 
— William Inge (1913-1973)
Singer Frankie Valliis 79.Dancer CherylBurke is 29.
Birthdays
REUTERS
Riders compete during the ‘Kings of the Off-road’quad bike amateur regional race in a Siberian boggy district near thevillage of Kozhany,Russia.
Friday
:Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.North winds around 5 mph...Becomingnorthwest in the afternoon.
Friday night
:Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday
:Sunny. Highs in the lower to mid60s. Light winds...Becoming southwestaround 5 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night
:Mostly clear in the evening then becomingmostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. South winds 5 to 15mph.
Sunday
:Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partlycloudy. Highs around 60.
Sunday night:
Mostly clear in the evening then becomingmostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the upper40s.
Local Weather Forecast
(Answers tomorrow)SENSE AGENTGARLIC ZEALOTYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:When it came to the twins, she was interestedin the — SINGLE ONENow 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.
BEEOSCONUEREVDIRFATCEF
©2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
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In 1791,
Poland adopted a national constitution.
In 1802,
Washington,D.C.,was incorporated as a city.
In 1913,
Clorox had its beginnings as five entrepreneurs agreedto set up a liquid bleach factory in Oakland Author-playwrightWilliam Inge was born in Independence,Kan.
In 1916,
Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others wereexecuted by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.
In 1933
,Nellie T. Ross became the first female director of theU.S. Mint.
In 1943,
Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to Thornton Wilder forhis play “The Skin of Our Teeth”and Upton Sinclair for“Dragon’s Teeth.”
In 1948,
the Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibitingthe sale of real estate to blacks or members of other racialgroups were legally unenforceable.
In 1952,
the Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for thefirst time on CBS; the winner was Hill Gail.
In 1960,
the Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones musical “TheFantasticks”began a nearly 42-year run at New York’s SullivanStreet Playhouse.
In 1971,
the National Public Radio program “All ThingsConsidered”made its debut.
In 1979,
Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher waschosen to become Britain’s first female prime minister as theTories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamen-tary elections.
In 1986,
in NASA’s first post-Challenger launch,an unmannedDelta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff,forcing safety officers to destroy it by remote control.
Ten years ago:
President George W. Bush told a news confer-ence in Crawford,Texas,it was a matter of when — not if —weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq.Folk singer Pete Seeger is 94. Actress Ann B. Davis is 87.Actor Alex Cord is 80. Pop singer Mary Hopkin is 63. SingerChristopher Cross is 62. Country musician Cactus Moser(Highway 101) is 56. Rock musician David Ball (Soft Cell) is 54.Country singer Shane Minor is 45. Actor Bobby Cannavale is 43.Music and film producer-actor Damon Dash is 42. Country musi-cian John Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) is 42. Country-rock musi-cian John Neff (Drive-By Truckers) is 42. Country singer BradMartin is 40. Actress Christina Hendricks (TV:“Mad Men”) is38. Actor Dule Hill is 38. Country singer Eric Church is 36.
Official:Shiny dogbowl sparks house fire
SANTA ROSA — A NorthernCalifornia couple might be able toblame this one on the dog.Authorities say sun refracted off thedog’s shiny water bowl and ignited a fireat Terry and Shay Weisbrich’s SantaRosa home on Wednesday afternoon.The fire was quickly put out,but it lefta hole in the siding.The Press Democrat of Santa Rosareports that a fire department engineerhelped discover the dog bowl’s role inthe fire.Rene Torres returned the bowl to itsoriginal position during his investigationof the fire’s cause. He found it concen-trated light right on the area of the homethat was charred.
In other news ...Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are GorgeousGeorge,No.8,in first place;california Classic,No.5,in second place;and Gold Rush,No.1,in thirdplace.The race time was clocked at 1:46.72.
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Friday
May 3,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
650-354-100
REDWOOD CITY 
Suspicious person.
Two women were solicit-ing residents without permits at the intersec-tion of Arlington Road and Somerset Streetbefore 3:16 p.m. Monday,April 29.
Suspicious package.
An unattended backpack was left in a room on Middlefield Road before2:42 p.m. Monday,April 29.
Suspicious person
. A man wearing a whiteshirt and tan pants was seen walking up drive-ways of residentshomes on West OakwoodBoulevard before 2:31 p.m. Monday,April 29.
Suspicious person.
A man was tamperingwith a bike lock in front of a Dress Barn on ElCamino Real before 1:22 p.m. Monday,April29.
Suspicious person.
Someone reported seeinga man leaving cards for a tree service andseemed to be trying the front door at the inter-section of Inner Circle and James Avenuebefore 10:39 a.m.
Police reports
Shell shock
Several vehicles were egged at the inter-section of Valota Road and MadisonAvenue in Redwood City before 9:11 a.m.Monday,April 29.
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Former Foster City Mayor Russ Harter diedApril 24 with his wife Betty at his side.He was 84.Harter served on the Foster City Councilfrom 1995 to 2003 and was the city’s mayortwice.“He really cared for Foster City. He devotedhis time to make Foster City the best it couldbe,”said Rick Wykoff,who served alongsideHarter on the council.Harter was a fiscal conservative,Wykoff said,who helped mold what the city hasbecome today.“When it came to spending taxpayer money,he was fiscally responsible,”Wykoff said.He will also be missed,many of his col-leagues said.“Russ set the bar for all those that followedwith his compassion and love for Foster City.He took such pride in being a councilmemberand mayor. He will be missed,Mayor PamFrisella wrote the Daily Journal in an email.Harter’s passing was a sad day for the city,Vice Mayor CharlieBronitsky said.“Russ devoted much of his time and energytoward making Foster Citythe great place to live,work and play that it hasnow become and our citywill miss him and hiswonderful spirit of com-munity,”Bronitsky wrotethe Daily Journal in an email.Harter was raised in upstate New York andworked at the Remington Arms Factory beforeattending Pratt Institute in New York Citywhere he earned a degree in mechanical engi-neering and also met his wife Betty.After graduating in 1951,Harter attemptedto join the Army but was rejected because hewas too short,his family told the DailyJournal.He then worked as an engineer atWestinghouse Electric and got his master’sdegree in mechanical engineering at theUniversity of Pittsburgh.He worked for Atlantic Research in Virginiawhere he designed oxygen and air regenerat-ing and scrubbing systems for nuclear sub-marines and for the preservation of fresh fruit.He and Betty had two children,Sheila andDavid,before being transferred to SanFrancisco to work for the U.S. Postal Servicein the construction division.The family moved to Foster City in 1976.He was also one of the key reasons why thecity ended up building a park for skateboard-ers.“For every child who participates in anorganized sport,there are three who skate-board,Harter said while serving on the coun-cil before it approved the construction of askate park.He is survived by his wife,two children andtwo grandchildren,Steven and Michael.
There will be a celebration of Harter’s lifeat the Foster City Recreation Center,2 p.m.,Saturday,May 11,650 Shell Blvd.,Foster City.
silverfarb@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 106
Russ Harter,former Foster City mayor,dies
Russ Harter

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