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07/11/2013

 
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
 
Survey saysBig Brotherhas arrived
Orwell book seeing surge in sales,Americans concerned over privacy
By Barbara Ortutay 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWYORK — There’s little wonder why George Orwell’snovel “1984” is seeing a resurgence in sales. More thanhalf of Americans polled in a surveyreleased Thursday said they agreed with thestatement “We are really in the era of BigBrother.”The survey from the University of Southern California was conducted lastyear, before recent revelations of large-scale, secret government surveillance pro-grams. Yet it still found that some 35 percent of respon-dents agreed that “There is no privacy, get over it.”Agrowing number of Internet users said they are con-cerned about the government checking on their online
Mosquito agency suingformer finance director
Suit claims she hid assets to avoid embezzlement restitution
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The former finance director of the coun-ty’s mosquito protection agency trans-ferred her Menlo Park home to a familymember to avoid paying a hefty restitu-tion to the district from which she wasconvicted of stealing nearly a half-mil-
By Sally Schilling
DAILY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
The San Mateo County Fair greetsvisitors with high-pitched carnivalmusic, aromas of deep-fried foods andthe roaring of rickety rides. The over-whelming sights and smells can pullyou in all directions at once.The faint sounds and smells of live-stock can pull the curious to the 4-Hbarn and arena. The area is filled withpigs, sheep, goats, cattle, chickens,turkeys and rabbits that young 4-Hmembers have put months — and someeven years — of work into gettingthem ready for competition.Makayla Arvin, 16, of Redwood City,spent four months raising her pig thatis now well over 200 pounds. She spenta lot of time this year walking her pigup and down a hill to get it ready for thefair. Walking the hill allowed the pig tobuild good shoulder muscle and get ridof flabby fat, said Arvin, who has beenin 4-H for 10 years.She sat with her friends in the arenastands and watched the goat showman-ship competition. She explained thatshowmanship is all about the owner.“Showmanship really shows whichkids work with their animals andwhich don’t,” said Arvin.Many of the senior 4-H membershave shown several types of animals.Some started as young as 5 years oldraising chickens or rabbits, said
More than just good showmanship
4-H emphasizes responsibility,collaboration and mentorship
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Nine-year-old Peter Hanson has plans for RoBob.The Redwood City boy, who received his very own robotfrom Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and Santa Clara-basedAnybots, wants to walk around with him. Play with him.And keep his 4-and-a-half year-old sister, Elsa, out of hisroom. Possibly help with homework. Oh, and maybe whenhis bed doesn’t get made, he can blame RoBob, too.But first, Peter said, when he got RoBob home, he plannedto make the QB robot with the adjustable neck “really tall.”Before they got acquainted at Anybot’s manufacturingoffice, the inquisitive Peter peppered engineers with ques-
Robot wish granted
Redwood City 9-year-old gets own ‘RoBob’as part of Make-A-Wish
SALLY SCHILLING/DAILY JOURNAL
Marissa Smith,16,won first place in the 4-H senior goatshowmanship and market goat competitions.
HEATHER MURTAGH/DAILY JOURNAL
Wish kid Peter Hanson takes control of the QB robot at Anybots in Santa Clara Thursday morning.It was the start of trainingfor the 9-year-old who took his own robot home later that day.While in control of RoBob,Hanson’s face is displayed in ascreen on the robot’s head.
 Jo Ann Dearman
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Inside
Lawmaker: Terroristschange tacticsafter leaks
Friday
 June 14,2013
Vol XII,Edition 258
BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD PAGE 11
WILDFIRE
NATION PAGE 5
 TWO DEAD IN COLORADO FIRE
‘MANOFSTEELPACKSA PUNCH
WEEKENDPAGES 16-17
 
City,county spar over jail site
County officials should halt ongo-ing negotiations for a piece of Redwood City land suggested as a new jail and start speaking to the commu-nity before it makesany decisions aboutwhere to place a newcorrectional facility,the City Council saidthe week of June 14, 2008.The Redwood City Council wantedthe Board of Supervisors to take theCemex parcel on Maple Street off thenegotiating table before it began todiscuss jail options with the city andthe community at large.At a meeting on Wednesday of thatweek, county officials agreed to lookoutside Redwood City but did not com-mit to not considering the Cemex site.The battle began after the councillearned the Board of Supervisors wasnegotiating in closed session for landat 1402-1450 Maple Street, less than1,000 feet away from the already-approved 800-unit Peninsula Parkmixed-use development.
Escape report notesconfusion,lacking protocol
Ateenage murder defendant's brazenescape from the county's juvenile hallin February 2008 was met by confu-sion, less than ideal communicationand lackluster protocol resulting inthe wrong ward being identified, anarrest warrant not issued until the fol-lowing morning and the surroundingneighborhood left unaware, accordingto an independent review obtained bythe Daily Journal the weekof June 14, 2008.At approximately 6:30p.m. Feb. 15, 2008,Josue Orozco scaled a wallof the Youth Services Center onPaul Scannell Drive and fled through ahole cut into a perimeter fence with thehelp of two other wards with him in anoutside recreation area. The aftermath,the report found, was one of confu-sion, unclear policy and uncertaintyabout how to obtain an after-hoursarrest warrant. An initial misidentifi-cation of Orozco followed by learninghis most recent photo was more thanthree years old added to the difficulty tolaunching a wide-scale manhunt forthe 17-year-old.
Lantos receivesposthumous Medal of Honor
The late democratic congressmanTom Lantos posthumously receivedthe Presidential Medal of Freedom, thenation's highest civil honor, the weekof June 14, 2008.Lantos, who celebrated his 80thbirthday Feb. 1, 2008 before dying 10days later due to complications fromesophageal cancer, was the onlyHolocaust survivor ever elected toCongress. He served 27 years inCongress, was one of the top rankedDemocrats and chaired the HouseCommittee on Foreign Affairs. Heserved as a senior member of the HouseCommittee on Oversight andGovernment Reform and wasthe founding co-chairman of the 24-year-oldCongressional HumanRights Caucus.
Boomtime forwedding businesses
Commencement of same-sex mar-riages the week after June 14, 2008 hadlocal wedding professionals enjoyinga slight spike in business — fromcakes to flowers and those who offici-ate weddings. “Alot of people are call-ing and asking questions. They are try-ing to marry before the election inNovember,” said Kathy MacDonald of Kathy's Kreative Kakes in San Mateo.Same-sex couple were to be allowedto marry as of 5:01 p.m. of Mondaythe following week after the milestonecourt decision in May 2008 allowinggay couples to wed in California.Marriage licenses were to be availablethrough the San Mateo County Clerk’sOffice at the start of business Tuesday.Meanwhile, an initiative to ban same-sex marriages had qualified for theNovember 2008 ballot.
From the archives highlights stories original-ly printed five years ago this week. Itappears in the Friday edition of the DailyJournal.
FOR THE RECORD2
Friday
 June 14,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 words or less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing.To submit obituaries,emailinformation along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style,clarity,length and grammar.If you would like to have an obituary printedmore than once,longer than 250 words or without editing,please submit an inquiry to our advertising department at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Singer Boy Georgeis 52.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1777
The Continental Congress inPhiladelphia adopted the Stars andStripes as the national flag.
“I am not the flag;not at all.I am but its shadow.” 
— Franklin Knight Lane,(1864-1921)
Real estate mogulDonald Trump is67.Actress YasmineBleeth is 45.
Birthdays
REUTERS
Stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer performs on his BMW motorcycle during a road show in Jerusalem.
Friday...Sunny in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog inthe morning. Highs in the 60s. Northwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.Friday night...Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in theupper 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Local Weather Forecast
The story “Mayor: Community at core of Millbrae’s suc-cess” in the June 13 edition of the Daily Journal had incor-rect information. Millbrae is one of four Peninsula cities —including Burlingame, Hillsborough and San Bruno —researching sharing fire services.
Correction
(Answers tomorrow)CHORD STOOD AFFIRM TOWARDYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:When he ate dinner in his new recliner, heate — COMFORTFOODNow 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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the Continental Army, forerunner of the UnitedStates Army, was created.
In 1801, 
former American Revolutionary War General andnotorious turncoat Benedict Arnold died in London.
In 1922, 
Warren G. Harding became the first presidentheard on radio, as Baltimore station WEAR broadcast hisspeech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at FortMcHenry.
In 1940, 
German troops entered Paris during World War II;the same day, the Nazis began transporting prisoners to theAuschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.
In 1943, 
the U.S. Supreme Court, in West Virginia StateBoard of Education v. Barnette, ruled 6-3 that children inpublic schools could not be forced to salute the flag of theUnited States.
In 1952
, President Harry S. Truman officiated at the keel-laying of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus at theElectric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn.
In 1954
, the words “under God” were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.
In 1967
, the space probe Mariner 5 was launched fromCape Kennedy on a flight that took it past Venus.
In 1972
, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered aban on continued domestic use of the pesticide DDT, to takeeffect at year’s end.
In 1982, 
Argentine forces surrendered to British troops onthe disputed Falkland Islands.
In 1985
, the 17-day hijack ordeal of TWAFlight 847 beganas a pair of Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists seized the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens, Greece.
In 1993, 
President Bill Clinton chose Judge Ruth BaderGinsburg to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.Actress Marla Gibbs is 82. House Minority Whip StenyHoyer, D-Md., is 74. Writer Peter Mayle is 74. Actor JackBannon is 73. Country-rock musician Spooner Oldham is 70.Rock singer Rod Argent (The Zombies; Argent) is 68. SingerJanet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 67. Rock musicianBarry Melton is 66. Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 64.Actor Eddie Mekka is 61. Actor Will Patton is 59. Olympicgold-medal speed skater Eric Heiden is 55. Rock musicianChris DeGarmo is 50. Actress Traylor Howard is 47.ActorFaizon Love is 45. International Tennis Hall of Famer SteffiGraf is 44. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is 35.
Lotto
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Friday
 June 14,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
MENLO PARK
Petty theft.
Staff reports and DVDs were stolen from a storeon the 800 block of Alma Street before 6:15 p.m. Sunday,June 9.
Arrest.
Aman was arrested for driving with a suspendedlicense and having a warrant on Willow Road and NewbridgeStreet before 11:56 a.m. Sunday, June 9.
Arrests
. Two people were arrested for being drunk in publicon the 1300 block of Henderson Avenue before 2:58 a.m.Sunday, June 9.
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for being involved in drug activi-ty on the 1100 block of Marsh Road before 1:33 a.m. Sunday,June 9.
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for driving under the influence onAlmanor Avenue and Newbridge Street before 9:02 p.m.Saturday, June 8.
REDWOOD CITY 
Gun shots.
Gun shots were heard on Oakside Drive before8:58 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.
Vandalism
. Someone reported seeing a rock thrown througha window on Main Street before 8:14 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.
Suspicious person.
Someone reported seeing severalgangmembers loitering in front of a complex on JacksonAvenue before 6:49 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.
Petty theft.
Two women left in a green Infiniti on WalnutStreet before 3:53 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.
Police reports
Untrainable
Aman hanging off the side of a train jumped off atthe intersection of Chestnut Street and MiddlefieldRoad in Redwood City before 8:27 p.m. Tuesday,June 11.
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
The psychiatric patient whosealleged rape of a fellow ward at the SanMateo Medical Center sparked an in-house investigation into safety will berecommitted to a state mental hospitalafter a defense doctor concluded he isnot competent for trial.The judge’s agreement with the doc-tor’s June 6, 2013 report returnsRonald Sunwo O’Brien, 30, to NapaState Hospital where he was treatedfrom 2011 until March of this year.Doctors there declared him restored tocompetency and he was brought backto San Mateo County for prosecution.Defense attorney Paul Demeesterargued his client is not mentally ableto aid in his own defense on severalfelonies stemming from the assaultand a subsequent attack on a correc-tional officer.O’Brien has beenin and out of mentalfacilities includingNapa after priorarrests and twicefollowing his arrestfor the allegedMarch 30, 2010sexual assault at thecounty’s publichospital. Sometime in the early hours,he allegedly entered the hospital roomof a 23-year-old female patient, heldher down on the bed with a hand overher mouth and sexually assaulted hermultiple times. Minutes later, O’Brienallegedly returned with a piece of paperon which he’d drawn a pair of lips witha finger over them to essentially tellher to stay quiet. The following morn-ing, the woman reported the allegedassault and police were contacted.The following month, O’Brien wasalso charged with assaulting a jail offi-cer who tried stopping him from mash-ing food into his cell floor.Following the arrest, the San MateoMedical Center launched its owninvestigation. The result was a list of recommended changes including theaddition of a security officer and nurseto the ward, further investigation intowhether staff members in the unitwere culpable and improving commu-nication and risk evaluations of patients.In August 2010, O’Brien was com-mitted to Napa State Hospital. He wasfound competent the following yearbut his mental health deterioratedbefore he could stand trial and he wasreturned to the hospital where hestayed until this year.
Psychiatric rape suspect returned to state hospital
Ronald O’Brien
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
AWyoming man accused of stealinga yacht from Sausalito and taking aSanta Cruz couple on a joyride toPacifica where the vessel ran agroundis mentally fit for trial, according totwo of three court-appointed doctors.The majority opinion reinstatedcriminal charges against Leslie AlanGardner, 63, and he will have a prelim-inary hearing July 18.Gardner has pleaded not guilty togrand theft, receiving stolen propertyin excess of $3.2 million and vandal-ism in connection with the March 4theft of the 82-footvessel “Darling”from the SausalitoYacht Harbor.Prosecutors sayGardner told a SantaCruz couple he hadinherited a boat andasked if they wantedto take a trip. Thethree, along with afourth person, drove to Sausalitowhere Gardener and the couple climbedaboard with plans to meet the otherman down the Peninsula. The threepartied on board with beer and pizzabefore falling asleep.The yacht was found when it ranaground in shallow water near LindaMar Beach in Pacifica later the morn-ing of the theft. Sausalito policereceived a call from the yacht’s ownerwho saw news coverage of the incident— then thought to be a rescue mission— and recognized the boat as his own.All three aboard were initially arrestedbut the two with Gardner were ultimate-ly released because authorities haddoubts about whether they knew theyacht was stolen.Gardner remains in custody on $1.01million bail.
Six rescued offsinking fishingboat in Pillar Point Harbor
Six adults were rescued from a sink-ing fishing boat in Pillar Point Harborin Half Moon Bay yesterday morning,the San Mateo County Harbor Districtharbormaster said.Around 9 a.m. the group that hadgone out rock fishing on a recreationalfishing boat started taking on waterand called the U.S. Coast Guard,Harbormaster Scott Grindy said.Arescue boat from the nearby PillarPoint Harbor was dispatched out andwas able to get all six onto the boatand safely to shore, Grindy said.
Accused yacht thief competent, doctors say
Leslie Gardner
Local brief

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