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01/01/2014

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Weekend
 June 8-9,2013
Vol XII,Edition 253
AFFORDABLECARE
LOCAL PAGE 7
 
PADRESDRAFTED
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‘MUCHADO’CHARMING
WEEKEND PAGE 17
OBAMA PITCHES NEW HEALTH CARE LAW IN BAY AREA
Belmont council to decide on extending contract;effectiveness questioned
 Jail for dadwho tookboat,kids
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The father who took his young chil-dren from South San Francisco and sailedaway on a stolen yacht in September wassentenced to three years in jail andordered not to have any contact with hisson and daughter during 16 months of subsequent mandatory supervision.Christopher Maffei, 43, told the courtFriday he acted out of concern for hischildren but now realizes his actions were inexcusable.
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Last month, a two-year contract exten-sion for Belmont’s red light cameraprovider was all set to be approved as it wason the City Council’s consent agenda.The item was pulled, however, and thecouncil will take up the item again at itsTuesday night meeting after some requestedmore information on their effectiveness.The police department contends the twocameras, one at Ralston Avenue and OldCounty Road and the other at RalstonAvenue and El Camino Real, help keep thepublic safe considering the department’slimited resources.The program has met its goals and helpswith enforcement, Police Chief DanDeSmidt told the Daily Journal.The cameras are installed in a geographicarea that is difficult to patrol by traffic offi-cers, DeSmidt said.The Redflex-owned cameras average about173 citations a month or less than six a daycompared to the more than 25,000 vehicletrips Ralston Avenue has every day.“It’s a very low percentage,” DeSmidtsaid.But Councilwoman Coralin Feierbach andCouncilman Dave Warden are not keen onhaving the cameras. Feierbach told theDaily Journal she has changed her mindrelated to the cameras, in part, becauseRedflex officials have been embroiled in analleged bribery scandal in recent months.Warden has not supported the cameras fromthe beginning.
End of the road for redlight cameras?
San Bruno pushing for$3.85 billion PG&E fine
Proposal comes on heels of fourCPUC attorneys’reassignment
Man to have no contact with hischildren he brought on stolen yacht
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Bruno officials are pushing for a$3.85 billion pre-tax fine and penaltyagainst Pacific Gas and Electric for thefatal natural gas fire and explosion thathappened Sept. 9, 2010, according tolegal arguments filed with the California
ChristopherMaffei Jim Ruane
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Crews at the San Mateo Event Center put the final touches on rides and games before the Saturday opening of the 2013County Fair.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
It’s not just pigs and pie at the SanMateo County Fair.Don’t worry! The fastest swine off the line are still racing in hopes of earning a delicious Oreo. Many frieddelicacies on a stick will be for sale —served alongside a brick of Frenchfries, of course. Big name artists of thepast and local musicians trying tobreak out will be performing through-out the nine-day event held at the SanMateo County Event Center. There will
Time for the fair
San Mateo County Fair kicks off this weekend
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FOR THE RECORD2
Weekend
 June 8-9,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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Former U.S.Rep.Gabrielle Giffords,D-Ariz.,is 43.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1953
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unani-mously that restaurants in the Districtof Columbia could not refuse to serveblacks. Eight tornadoes struckMichigan’s Lower Peninsula, killing126 people, according to the NationalOceanic and AtmosphericAdministration; most of the deathswere caused by an extremely powerfultwister in Flint.
“I do believe one ought to face facts.If you don’t they get behind you and may become terrors,nightmares,giants,horrors. As long as one faces them one is top dog.” 
— Katherine Mansfield,New Zealander author (1888-1923)
Comedian JoanRivers is 80.Rapper KanyeWest is 36.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A Palestinian youth performs stunts on the beach in Gaza City.
Saturday
: Sunny in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid60s to lower 70s. Southwest winds around5 mph increasing to south 10 to 20 mphin the afternoon.
Saturday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Breezy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lowsin the lower 50s. South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts toaround 45 mph.
Sunday
: Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Patchy fog in the morn-ing. Highs in the lower 60s. South winds 20 to 30 mphdecreasing to around 15 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening then becom-ing mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around50. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Local Weather Forecast
(Answers Monday)OFTEN AWARE MOSAIC MOTIONYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Bill Gates bought the new cashmere robe becausehe wanted to upgrade his — “SOFTWEAR”Now 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 A.D. 632, 
the prophet Muhammad died in Medina.
In 1845, 
Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the UnitedStates, died in Nashville, Tenn.
In 1861, 
voters in Tennessee approved an Ordinance of Secession passed the previous month by the state legisla-ture.
In 1915, 
Secretary of State William Jennings Bryanresigned in a disagreement with President Woodrow Wilsonover U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.
In 1942, 
Bing Crosby recorded “Adeste Fideles” and“Silent Night” in Los Angeles for Decca Records.
In 1967, 
34 U.S. servicemen were killed when Israelattacked the USS Liberty, a Navy intelligence-gatheringship in the Mediterranean. (Israel later said the Liberty hadbeen mistaken for an Egyptian vessel.)
In 1972
, during the Vietnam War, an Associated Press pho-tographer captured the image of 9-year-old Phan Thi KimPhuc (fahn thee kihm fook) as she ran naked and severelyburned from the scene of a South Vietnamese napalm attack.
In 1973, 
Gen. Francisco Franco relinquished his post asSpain’s prime minister while remaining as chief of state.
In 1978, 
a jury in Clark County, Nev., ruled the so-called“Mormon will,” purportedly written by the late billionaireHoward Hughes, was a forgery.Former first lady Barbara Bush is 88. Actor-comedian JerryStiller is 86. Actress Millicent Martin is 79. Actor JamesDarren is 77. Actor Bernie Casey is 74. Singer Nancy Sinatrais 73. Singer Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) is 71.Musician Boz Scaggs is 69. Rock musician Mick Box (UriahHeep) is 66. Author Sara Paretsky is 66. Actress Sonia Bragais 63. Actress Kathy Baker is 63. Country musician Tony Riceis 62. Rock singer Bonnie Tyler is 62. Actor Griffin Dunne is58. “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams is 56. Actor-director KeenenIvory Wayans is 55. Singer Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) is53. Musician Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 51.Aperson who reaches the age of 110 ormore is called a supercentenarian.***The first supermarket was King KullenGrocery Company, a 6,000-square-footself-service store opened in 1930 inQueens, N.Y. Michael Cullen (1884-1936) opened the one-stop shoppingstore that adhered to the motto “Pile ithigh. Sell it low.”***ASuper Big Gulp drink at 7-Eleven is 44ounces. ADouble Gulp is 64 ounces. Anaverage can of soda is 12 ounces.***Lake Superior, one of the Great Lakes, isthe largest freshwater lake in the world.***When a California chemist created com-pressed rubber that had remarkablebounce, he wasn’t sure what could bedone with it, so he brought it to a toycompany. Wham-O toys used the rubber,dubbed zectron, to make the Super Ball,which quickly became a fad of the1960s.***The Super Bowl was originally calledthe World Championship Game. Whiletrying to think of a better name for theend of season playoff game, Lamar Hunt(born 1932), coach of the Kansas CityChiefs and creator of the AFL(AmericanFootball League), remembered hisdaughter playing with a Super Ball. Hesuggested the name Super Bowl.***Former President George H.W. Bush(born 1924) was the first president toparticipate in a Super Bowl coin toss inperson. Bush and Hall of Fame quarter-back Roger Staubach (born 1942) didthe coin toss in 2002. In 1985,President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)participated in the coin toss via satellitefrom the White House with HughMcElhenny (born 1928).***Do you know who the first person was totravel at supersonic speed, breaking thesound barrier? The year? See answer atend.***“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” asong in the Disney movie “MaryPoppins” (1964), was the subject of alawsuit in 1965. Two songwriters suedDisney for $12 million for copyrightinfringement. They claimed they wrote asong in 1951 called“Supercalafajalistickespeealadojus.”Disney proved that variants of the longword were used before 1949 and won thecase.***Supernovas have been seen in space, butthe last time one was seen in the Earth’sgalaxy, the Milky Way, was in 1604.The exploding star was so bright thatGerman astronomer Johannes Kepler(1571-1630) saw it with his naked eye.***Supermodel Cindy Crawford (born1966) has been on more than 600 mag-azine covers.***Superman, Batman, Robin, WonderWoman and Aquaman were the super-heroes that made up the group in theSaturday morning cartoon “SuperFriends” (1973-1977). The superheroessidekicks were Wendy, Marvin andWonder Dog.***Superstition says a broken mirror is anomen of bad luck. It dates back to thebelief that the mirror was a reflection of the soul, therefore damaging a mirrordamaged the soul. To minimize the badluck, the mirror should be buried in theearth, or at least removed from thehouse.***Mario and Luigi are the brothers in the1985 Nintendo video game “SuperMario Brothers.” In the game, the SuperMushroom turns Mario into SuperMario, which gives him power and dou-bles his size.***
 Answe
: American aviator Chuck Yeager (born 1923) was the first humanto fly faster than the speed of sound.Yeager flew the rocket-powered Bell X-1 plane at Mach 1 on Oct. 14, 1947.
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.
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Hot Shot,No.3,in first place;Gorgeous George,No.8,in secondplace;and Whirl Win,No.6,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:43.95.
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 June 8-9,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
SAN BRUNO
Suspicious circumstances
. Three menwere holding a red bucket and walked intothe bushes on the 1200 block of GrundyLane before 8:34 p.m. Wednesday, June 5.
Burglary.
AGPS unit was taken from agreen Toyota Corolla on the 800 block of Cherry Avenue before 7:57 p.m. Wednesday,June 5.
Burglary
. Avehicle’s side door lock wastampered with and a stereo was stolen on the800 block of Green Avenue before 4:54 p.m.Wednesday, June 5.
Suspicious person.
Aman was goingdoor to door asking if a person lived thereon the 400 block of Milton Avenue before3:43 p.m. Wednesday, June 5.
HALF MOON BAY 
Theft.
Abicycle was stolen from a schoolbike rack on the 600 block of Church Streetbefore 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 4.
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for an outstand-ing warrant after stealing several cases of beer on the 100 block of Highway 1 before4:54 p.m. Tuesday, June 4.
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for driving witha suspended license while receiving a DUIand being in possession of marijuana afterbeing pulled over for throwing cigaretteashes on Highway 1 and Poplar Avenuebefore 6:55 p.m. Monday, June 3.
Police reports
Couldn’t find the path
Stepping stones were stolen near abocce ball court at a park on TennisDrive in South San Francisco before1:04 p.m. Monday, June 3.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Music came quite naturally to CesarVelazquez.At 9, the Half Moon Bay native volun-teered to start playing piano at his church,Our Lady of the Pillar, despite not know-ing how to play. He also joined the band atCuhna Intermediate School playing thetrumpet. Despite being a bit shy,Velazquez’s decision to jump in helped himmusically and also with general confi-dence in choices. This year, Velazquezbecomes not only the first in his family tograduate from high school but also thefirst to attend college, the University of California at Merced, where he plans topursue mechanical engineering.“Cesar’s impact in his community ismore than just direct. He represents hopeto his community and his peers, a repre-sentation that is well deserved and man-aged gracefully and with maturity. Heinspires those around him and can becounted on when asked to help — on mycounseling caseload, I have many of hiscousins who, when discussing grades,always look to Cesar to tutor them,” saidHalf Moon Bay High School counselorSayuri Buritica.Velazquez grew up the middle of threechildren. The only boy, he described him-self as a shy little one. It wasn’t until hestarted playing music that Velazquez begancoming out of his shell. He had alwaysbeen drawn to the piano, which is why hevolunteered to play at church without real-ly knowing what he was doing.Velazquez’s uncle, however, played by earand taught his nephew the tricks of thetrade. Velazquez was drawn to the musicalinstrument and asked for lessons a coupleyears in. Then, in middle school, he addedtrumpet to his repertoire.“I like what I can do with it,” Velazquezsaid of playing music, adding that thosewho attend mass seem to really appreciatehis effort.Velazquez has been dedicated to musicplaying in both jazz band and the windensemble at Half Moon Bay High School.At church, Velazquez started playing dur-ing the Spanish services. When a newfather joined the church last year, heencouraged Velazquez to play at bothEnglish and Spanish services as a part-time job, which he still does.During sophomore year, Velazquez joined the school’s varsity wrestling teamat the encouragement of a cousin who livesin Oregon. He enjoyed the sport,wrestling in the 125-pound and 130-pounddivisions over the past three years. Thisyear, Velazquez’s teammates named himmost inspirational.As Velazquez prepares to graduate, he’splanning to work this summer to helpcover the costs for college.
 Half Moon Bay High School’s gradua-tion will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13on the football field, 100 Lewis Foster Drive.
Great Grads is in its eighth year profilingone graduating senior from each of ourlocal schools. Schools have the option to participate. Those that choose to partici- pate are asked to nominate one student whodeserves recognition.
heather@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext.105.
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