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06/12/2013

 
www.smdailyjournal.com
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Monday
May 27,2013
Vol XII,Edition 242
LOCAL SPORTS
SPORTS PAGE 11
 
ONE DEAD,10 INJUREDIN PARTY BUS CRASH
LOCALPAGE 5
Never forgetthe fallen
SERRA, MENLO BOYS BASEBALLPLUSHMB SOFTBALLALLFALL
Stubborn Fat?
Dr. Bruce Maltz, M.D.Dr. Carie Chui, M.D.
ALLURA SKIN & LASER CENTER
280 Baldwin Ave. Downtown San Mateo
(650)344-1121
Family Owned & Operated 
 Established: 1949
MEMORIAL DAY 
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The possibility of a large-scalefitness center at the gateway of San Carlos moved one step closerto reality with the PlanningCommission’s recommendationthat zoning restrictions in the areanot be tightened.However, the suggestion muststill pass muster with members of the City Council who aren’t com-pletely sold on the idea becausethe area has long been set aside fora hotel that has yet to materialize.The fight over land known aslandmark properties — particular-ly the three parcels a developerwants for a gym complex at HollyStreet and Industrial Road but thathave long been earmarked for ayet-to-arrive hotel — pits person-al property rights over the city’sdesire for revenue-generatingbusiness. Both the PlanningCommission and the City Councilhave also been posed with thesame question: does any hoteleven want to build on the particu-lar land in San Carlos?The City Council in June willconsider the PlanningCommission recommendation toleave the industrial area aloneinstead of creating a new zoningdistrict. The council previouslyopted on a 3-2 vote not to extendan urgency ordinance halting newbusiness in the area until staff could work out a more permanentsolution, but that doesn’t neces-sarily portend what it will do now.If the current zoning is upheld,the property owners do not needextra city review for permitteduses such as a recreation facilitygreater than 5,000 square feet.The denied proposal calls for anew zoning district called land-mark commercial along theHighway 101 gateway. The newzoning would indicate preferreduses for landmark sites like large-scale office complexes and hotels.The zoning would also call forregional retail and destination-oriented uses — again office andhotels — along with ancillaryuses like eating, drinking andentertainment. All other useswould require a use permit, beallowed only on an interim basis
Hotel quest leaves city in stir
 
Fitness center in works,but San Carlos council weighs desire for large revenue producer
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Solitaryfor juviesobjected
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The state Senate will consider a bill thisweek to limit the use of solitary confine-ment at juvenile correctional facilities — apractice already banned in Connecticut,Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, West Virginiaand Alaska.Senate Bill 61, authored by state Sen.Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo,cleared the Senate AppropriationsCommittee Thursday.The legislation states that solitary con-finement shall only be used when a minorposes an immediate and substantial risk of harm to others or the security of the facilityand all other less restrictive options have
Uncaptainedrental boatsfor lagoon?
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The Elegant Lagoon Cruise experience inFoster City has ended as its concession con-tract with the city expired at the end of theyear but a new proposal the city is enter-taining will allow “uncaptained” electricboat rentals, if it meets approval first withthe Parks and Recreation Committee.
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By Sally Schilling
DAILY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
Last week, Capt. Patrick Constantino,26, and his Army company within theSecond Stryker Brigade, Second InfantryDivision decided to create something toremember the soldiers in their companywho paid the ultimate price for their service.“There was no [physical] memorial forthese people,” saidConstantino, who grew up in Burlingame.“It was just the right thing to do for theseguys. They’re fathers and sons.”Constantino’s company made a memorialof commemorativeplaques and pictures fortheir soldiers who werekilled or wounded inaction during the compa-ny’s last two deploy-ments, from 2009 to2010 and 2012 to 2013.It is displayed on awall in a conferenceroom at the company’sbase of Fort Lewis nearTacoma, Wash.On Thursday, a few former members of thecompany flew out for a ceremony for thememorial. Someone read a letter written bya former sergeant from the 2009-2010deployment, in which five soldiers werekilled.“It wasn’t a big pomp and circumstanceceremony,”ˇ said Constantino. “It was veryemotional and familiar. It was meaningful.”For the families of these five fallen sol-diers and the several wounded, the memorialmay serve as a destination to visit toremember the sacrifices and contributions of loved ones. For Constantino, who is alwaysmeeting in the conference room, “Every
Everyday memorial
 
Army captain reflects on service,leadership and the fallen
Capt.Constantino,center,with fellow leaders of the Attack Company,Second Infantry Division,Second Stryker Brigade Combat Team insouthern Afghanistan.
Patrick Constantino
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Fame part of family businessfor Will,Jaden Smith
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.— Will Smith has a new outlook onteenagers: Parents do indeed under-stand.The rapper-turned-actor says he’s“grown a lot” since writing theGrammy-winning 1988 hit thathumorously declared they didn’t.All three of his children now at leastdabble in music and acting, mostnotably 14-year-old Jaden, who starswith his father in the new sci-fifilm“After Earth,” opening Friday. Even inthe midst of a globe-hopping promo-tional tour for the movie, Smith rec-ognizes the downside to making star-dom a family affair.“I think that the major risk of thisparticular business is strictly emotion-al,” he said in a recent interview. “Thebusiness has almost a narcotic quality.So it’s almost as if you’re introducing anarcotic into your kid’s life.“So for (wife) Jada (Pinkett Smith)and I, the most important thing is thatthey have to stay focused and groundedon the fact that they are giving. Youdon’t make movies for your ego. Youmake movies to transfer information,to bring joy, to add value to the world.”At an “After Earth” promotionalevent at the under-construction VirginGalactic spaceport in the New Mexicodesert, Smith does everything he canto playfully poke at his son’s ego.When Jaden loudly drops a water bot-tle during a TVinterview, he’s quicklyreprimanded: “You’re kidding, right?You’re kidding. That’s the most unpro-fessional thing I’ve seen you do.”Smith reaches over to shield hisson’s face from bright camera lights,taunting the teen as a “super megamovie star, towering over you like ashadow over you. And you’re living inhis shadow. And you’ve got to dointerviews in his shadow.”Jaden, obviously accustomed to theteasing, responds with calm confi-dence and some of dad’s hammyhumor, saying he lives “naturally” inthe spotlight.“You have to try to put your shadowon me,” said Jaden, who rode hisskateboard through a hall betweeninterviews. “But eventually your armgets tired and it falls away and you letme go back to my natural state.”His father nods in mock sincerity.“Oh that’s deep. You are a deep being,”he says.Their film is set in a future wherenature has turned on humans and sur-vivors were forced to start a new civi-lization on another planet. Jadenplays a trainee trying to follow in thefootsteps of his father, a famous mili-tary leader played by Smith. When thetwo crash-land on an inhospitableEarth, Jaden’s character must provehis own abilities to survive, and savehis father in the process.“It is very allegorical in a way,right?” said screenwriter Gary Whitta,who developed the story with Smithand co-wrote the film with director M.Night Shyamalan. “Jaden I’m surelooks up to Will and is like ‘Wow, mydad is like the biggest movie star inthe world. How can I ever live up tothat?’But he’s trying.”Smith, 44, and Jaden first co-starredtogether in 2006’s “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Smith produced his son’shit 2010 remake of “The Karate Kid”with Jackie Chan, which made over$350 million worldwide.Smith said he wants his family to besuccessful in the entertainment industryacross generations, and has searchedHollywood history for models.“I’ve looked for a lot of years. TheBarrymores got really close to what Isee in my head for my family,” Smithsaid, referring to the clan of theatreand film actors famed in the 1930s andnow represented by Drew Barrymore.
FOR THE RECORD2
Monday
May 27,2013
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Singer SiouxsieSioux is 56.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1933
The Chicago World’s Fair, celebratingACentury of Progress,” officiallyopened. Walt Disney’s AcademyAward-winning animated short “TheThree Little Pigs” was first released.
“Every new opinion,at its starting,is precisely in a minority of one.” 
— Thomas Carlyle,Scottish critic and historian (1795-1881).
Actor LouisGossett Jr.is 77Actor EthanDampf is 19.
Birthdays
PHOTO COURTESY OF JACKIE SPEIER’S OFFICE
U.S.Rep.Jackie Speier helps a local Cub Scout plant a flag for a fallen veteran at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in SanBruno Saturday as part of annual Memorial Day ceremonies.
Memorial Day:
Mostly cloudy. Aslightchance of rain in the morning...Then achance of rain in the afternoon. Highsaround 60. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Monday night:
Mostly cloudy. Achance of showers. Lows around 50.South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday:
Mostly cloudy. Aslight chanceof showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. Southwinds 5 to 10 mph... Becoming west in the afternoon.Chance of showers 20 percent.
Tuesday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening then becom-ing mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. West winds 5 to15 mph.
Wednesday:
Mostly cloudy. Aslight chance of showers.Highs in the upper 50s.
Local Weather Forecast
(Answers tomorrow)AWAKE HURRYDEPICTOUTINGSaturday’sJumbles:Answer:When all the cartoonists gathered for the week-end, they were — DRAWN TOGETHERNow 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.
GREVEBIORNTREERVBACFIR
©2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
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On this date:In 186
1, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a federal cir-cuit court judge in Baltimore, ruled that President AbrahamLincoln lacked the authority to suspend the writ of habeascorpus (Lincoln disregarded the ruling).
In 1896
, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St.Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill.
In 1929
, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. married Anne Morrow inEnglewood, N.J.
In 1935
, the Supreme Court struck down the NationalIndustrial Recovery Act.
In 1936
, the Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary left England onits maiden voyage to New York.
In 1937
, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge con-necting San Francisco and Marin County, was opened topedestrians (vehicles began crossing the next day).
In 1941
, the British Royal Navy sank the German battle-ship Bismarck off France, with a loss of some 2,000 lives,three days after the Bismarck sank the HMS Hood.
In 1942
, Navy Cook 3rd Class Doris “Dorie” Millerbecame the first African-American to receive the Navy Crossfor his “extraordinary courage and disregard for his own per-sonal safety” during Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
In 1962
, a dump fire in Centralia, Pa., ignited a blaze inunderground coal deposits that continues to burn this day.
In 1964
, independent India’s first prime minister,Jawaharlal Nehru, died.
In 1985
, in Beijing, representatives of Britain and Chinaexchanged instruments of ratification for an accord return-ing Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997.
Ten years ago:
Two Iraqis shot and killed two Americansoldiers in Fallujah (fuh-LOO’-juh), a hotbed of support forSaddam Hussein.Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Herman Wouk (wohk) is 98.Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 90. Actress LeeMeriwether is 78. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 78. Countrysinger Don Williams is 74. Singer Bruce Cockburn (KOH’-burn) is 68. Actor Richard Schiff is 58. Rock singer-musicianNeil Finn (The Finn Brothers) is 55. Actress Cathy Silvers is52. Comedian Adam Carolla is 49. Actor Todd Bridges is 48.Actor Dondre Whitfield is 44. Actor Paul Bettany is 42. Rocksinger-musician Brian Desveaux (Nine Days) is 42. RapperAndre 3000 (Outkast) is 38. Rapper Jadakiss is 38. TVchef Jamie Oliver is 38. Actor-singer Chris Colfer is 23.
In other news ...
 Jaden and Will Smith
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Money Bags,No.11,in first place;Eureka,No.7,in second place;and California Classic,No.5,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:46.53.
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I
n 1835, there was one family in YerbaBuena (San Francisco) — theRichardsons. After 10 years, the popu-lation had increased to about 250 and theseconsisted mainly of men who were con-cerned with the selling and buying of tallowand cow hides. California was to be ceded tothe United States in January 1848 and, twoyears later, California held its first conven-tion in San Jose. On Sept. 9, 1850,California was admitted as the 31st state tothe Union as a free state.On July 31, 1846, Samuel Brannan, alongwith 244 Mormons, landed at Yerba Buenaand the population immediately shot up toalmost 500 residents. In August 1847, therewere approximately 41 places of business.In January 1848, the first gold nuggets werefound at Sutter’s Creek. In mid-May 1848,Brannan strode down Montgomery Streetwith a vial of gold in his hand and shouting“GOLD, GOLD, GOLD” to everyone around.This is when the world began to believe inthe gold strike.Portsmouth Square was developed in 1839with the Custom House the prominent build-ing. Later to the south, the jail with the firstschool in California was built south of it(These buildings were all destroyed in the1851 fire).The first merchant to have a semi-perma-nent building, made of adobe, at the cornerof Clay and Kearny streets, was owned byWilliam Leidesdorff. When he retired, hesold it to Voiget who used it as a grocerystore as well as a hotel.After gold was discovered in January1948, the California people eventuallybegan to believe that it was real and virtual-ly everybody who was able-bodied took off for Sacramento. San Francisco became aghost town in the summertime. Winterswere extreme in the gold country and themen — young, virile, adventurous men withvery few women available in the area —returned to the only real town in NorthernCalifornia, San Francisco, to wait out theweather. President Polk’s final address toCongress announced that there was a goldstrike in California — and the rush was on.This is when San Francisco developed thereputation of a wild-western hell-town.The facilities for the sudden rise of popu-lation were not sustainable and the mer-chants and gamblers immediately tookadvantage of the situation. Gamblers at firstput up a tent and went into business. Thenights were cold and windy and during theday the winds from the west generatedclouds of dust that covered everything in thevicinity. In the first three years of the GoldRush, more than 200,000 men, women anda few children went to California (where lessthan 500 people were in 1845) — one of thegreatest peaceful migrations in history.It was a perpetual carnival. Constructionwas occurring everywhere, tents by thethousands rose overnight, merchandise wasstacked everywhere and sold off of thestreets, gambling was the greatest pastimewith liquor sales reinforcing it. Only 50 or60 ships were put into port in a year before1845, but that many docked in a week now.
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Monday
May 27,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
Police reports
Dream catcher
Apatient of a care facility reported anunwanted man in his room who was hav-ing a dream there on the 200 block of Myrtle Road in Burlingame before 1:15a.m. Wednesday, May 22.
BELMONT
Suspicious circumstances.
Aman used aladder to climb to the top of a home onPonce Avenue before 3:48 p.m. Tuesday,May 21.
Suspicious person.
Aman was actinginappropriately on Biddulph Way before7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21.
Suspicious circumstances.
Aman wasseen walking a child off trail at a dead end atthe intersection of Village Drive andGeraldine Way before 8:09 p.m. Monday,May 20.
Suspicious person.
Adrunk man wearingall red was last seen on Carlmont Drivebefore 5:03 p.m. Monday, May 20.Vandalism. Avehicle was vandalized onIsland Park before 12:07 p.m. Monday, May20.
Burglary vehicle.
Someone reported theirvehicle’s window was smashed on CarlmontAvenue before 7:40 a.m. Monday, May 20.
FOSTER CITY 
Suspicious person
. Awoman was seengoing through a drive-through restaurantwith a baby on her lap on Triton Drivebefore 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.
Disturbance.
Aman fell off the roof of hisgirl friend’s car after she drove off onCatamaran before 11:07 a.m. Tuesday, May21.
Gambling houses,hustlers and hookers
 
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM
 The Parker House in San Francisco was the best,most extravagant and expensive gamblinghouse in the 1850s.
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