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07/01/2013

 
www.smdailyjournal.com
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Friday
 June 28,2013
Vol XII,Edition 270
BART STRIKE?
LOCAL PAGE 6
 
WHOWASPICKEDNO.1?
SPORTSPAGE 11
CONCOURS A CARLOVER’S DREAM
AUTO PAGE 16
AGENCYOFFERS NEW CONTRACT
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The California state budget signedyesterday returns approximately$900,000 to the county courtswhich will stave off some plannedlayoffs, keep one courtroom slatedfor closure open and possiblyrestore some of the public servicehours as long as permanent fundingcomes in January.However, the partial restorationof court funding isn’t enough tokeep all of thethreatened cutsat bay.“This is asolid first stepbut it needs tobe followed byessential fund-ing,” said CourtExecutiveOfficer JohnFitton.The new budget includes $60 mil-lion for the state’s trial courts whichincludes the $900,000 for SanMateo County Superior Court. Thefunds will restore one courtroomplanned for closure, one commis-sioner and seven staff members andraise the possibility of eventuallyre-expanding truncated counter andphone hours.However, Fitton and PresidingJudge Robert Foiles said whilegrateful for the $60 million it mustbe viewed in light of $261 millionin current cuts and mounting deficitsfrom prior years of unprecedentedslashing of funds.“It’s clearthe damagecan’t berepairedovernight,”Fitton said.San MateoCounty’scourt systemhas admit-tedly notbeen hit ashard as some such as Los Angelesand San Diego where layoffs numberin the hundreds but then again those jurisdictions are substantiallygreater, too. San Mateo County’scourt staff has dropped 34 percentfrom a high of 385 in 2008 to a pro- jected 254 this fall.Even with the extra money fromthe state budget, the county courtwill still eliminate four court com-missioner positions, of which three
County court cuts reduced
State budget funds of around $900K restore courtroom,jobs and some service hours
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By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
At 5 p.m., a handful of shopperstook the chance to be among thefirst to shop at the newly revampedSafeway in Millbrae.Opened one year, 12 days andfive hours after breaking ground,the podium store at 525 El CaminoReal was celebrated with a privatereception Thursday afternoonbefore a limited opening to thepublic at 5 p.m. Starting at 8 a.m.this morning, the grocery storeopened to the public.Mayor Gina Papan welcomed thenew store for a variety of reason —it’s larger, resulted in 1,000 jobsduring construction and 50 newpositions going forward.“We are very excited because,needless to say, we missed you andyour revenue,” she said with asmile.Plans for the new store wereapproved in 2011 and groundbroke on the new store in June2012.In the last year, the store at 525El Camino Real was torn down anda podium building with street-level parking both in front of andunderneath the store was erected.“What a phoenix,” Keith Turner,director, public and governmentaffairs for Safeway Inc.’s NorthernCalifornia Division, said of thestore which is the first podiumstore in Northern California.Millbrae PlanningCommissioners Catherine Quiggand Lorrie Kalos-Gunn were happy
Go forth and shop
HEATHER MURTAGH/DAILY JOURNAL
A woman checks out the produce options minutes after the newly revamped Safeway at 525 El Camino Real inMillbrae opened 5 p.m.Thursday.The store is officially open for business at 8 a.m.today.
New and improved Safeway opens doors in Millbrae
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — With a solem-nity reserved for momentous occa-sions, the Senate passed historiclegislation Thursday offering thepriceless hope of citizenship tomillions of immigrants livingillegally in America’s shadows.The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the long-porous border with Mexico.The bipartisan vote was 68-32on a measure that sits atopPresident Barack Obama’s second-term domestic agenda. Even so,the bill’s prospects are highlyuncertain in the Republican-con-trolled House, where conserva-tives generally oppose citizen-ship for immigrants living in thecountry unlawfully.Spectators in galleries thatoverlook the Senate floor watchedexpectantly as senators voted oneby one from their desks. Someonlookers erupted in chants of “Yes, we can” after Vice PresidentJoe Biden announced the bill’spassage.After three weeks of debate,there was no doubt about the out-
Senate passesimmigrationoverhaul bill
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
School may be out but the cam-puses in Burlingame are abuzzwith construction activity thissummer.The construction work meanssome of the campuses are closed tothe public. Much of the workshould be completed this summer,resulting in new facilities formany students this fall. Not allwork will be completed when kidsreturn to class in late August.Funds from two bond measures aswell as state construction grantsare funding the work happening atfive of the district’s seven campus-es.
Revamp work underwayat Burlingame campuses
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Auto repair shopowner charged with fraud
The owner and general manager of aRedwood City auto repair shop GroupSpecialist kept dead mice anddroppings on hand, using bothas props to convince cus-tomers they needed $1.2 mil-lion in fraudu-lent repairs,according toprosecutors whocharged the pairwith dozens of felonies theweek of June 28, 2008.The fraud was uncovered by a StateFarm Insurance audit to determine thestatewide average cost of rodent dam-age, said prosecutor Sharon Henry of Insurance and Worker’s CompensationFraud Unit.
Track plan faces delay
The week of June 28, 2008, it wasannounced that the demolition of BayMeadows race track in San Mateocould be delayed to allow a San MateoCounty Superior Court Judge a chanceto hear arguments in a new lawsuit filedby a group trying to save the landmarklocation from its pending redevelop-ment.Bay Meadows representatives hadstated they planned to close the racetrack and start demolition onSept. 1, 2008, after the SanMateo County Fair races con-cluded. An Oct. 10, 2008 courthearing on the lawsuit was sched-uled that week during a mandatorycase management hearing, accordingto court records.
Groundbreaking for first stageof Oyster Point ferry terminal
Agroundbreaking ceremony for thefirst physical activity in the commuterferry terminal being built at OysterPoint in South San Francisco was setto take place in July 2008, a SanMateo County Harbor Districtspokesman said the week of June 28,2008.On July 9, 2008, crews were set tobegin construction to modify theentrance to the marina breakwater atOyster Point. The construction was setto widen and reconfigure the entranceso ferryboats will have better, saferaccess to the terminal, districtspokesman Peter Grenell said.
Oil near $143 on viewdollar will keep falling
Oil futures climbed to a new recordnear $143 a barrel the week of June 28,2008 as the dollar weakened againstthe euro, confirming expectations thatthe falling greenback, a major factorin crude’s stratospheric rise, wouldextend its decline and add to oil’sappeal.Light, sweet crude for August 2008delivery rose as high as $142.99 a bar-rel on the New York MercantileExchange before pulling back sharplyin a spate of late-day profit-taking tosettle up 57 cents at a record $140.21.On Thursday of that week, the contractshot past $140 and rose more than $5to a new settlement record.
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 June 28,2013
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Ex-Def.SecretaryLeon Panetta is 75.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1863
during the Civil War, PresidentAbraham Lincoln appointed Maj.Gen. George G. Meade the new com-mander of the Army of the Potomac,following the resignation of Maj.Gen. Joseph Hooker.
“I am the inferior of any man whoserights I trample under foot.” 
— Robert G.Ingersoll,Americanlawyer and statesman (1833-1899)
Director MelBrooks is 87.Actress KathyBates is 65.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A radio-controlled plane named Ms.Emerson is flown by designer Otto Dieffenbach during a test flight in San Diego.Ottoand business partner Ed Hanley are a small startup company that creates flying radio-controlled planes,designed in theform of people,characters and objects,for commercial and promotional uses.
Friday:
Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Patchy fog in themorning. Highs in the 70s to mid 80s.West winds 5 to 10 mph...Becomingnorthwest 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Friday night:
Mostly clear in theevening then becoming partly cloudy.Lows in the mid 50s to lower 60s. Westwinds 10 to 20 mph...Becoming northwest 5 to 10 mphafter midnight.
Saturday:
Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Highs in the 70s to upper 80s. Northwest windsaround 5 mph increasing to west 10 to 20 mph in the after-noon.
Saturday night:
Clear in the evening then becomingpartly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s to lower 60s. Southwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
(Answers tomorrow)OPERAHEFTYBOUNCE CAMPUSYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The baseball player bought a treadmill for —HOME RUNSNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
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North Korean forces captured Seoul (sohl), thecapital of South Korea.Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., is79. Comedian-impressionist John Byner is 76. Rock musi-cian Dave Knights (Procul Harum) is 68. Actor Bruce Davisonis 67. Actress Alice Krige is 59. College and Pro Football Hallof Famer John Elway is 53. Record company chief executiveTony Mercedes is 51. Actress Jessica Hecht is 48. Rock musi-cian Saul Davies (James) is 48. Actress Mary Stuart Mastersonis 47. Actor John Cusack is 47. Actor Gil Bellows is 46.Actress-singer Danielle Brisebois is 44. Jazz musician JimmySommers is 44. Actress Tichina Arnold is 44. ActorAlessandro Nivola (nih-VOH’-luh) is 41.
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LAS VEGAS — Ahigh pressure sys-tem parking over the West is expected tobring temperatures this weekend andinto next week that are extreme even fora region used to baking during the sum-mer.Notoriously hot Death Valley’s fore-cast calls for 129 degrees, not far off theworld record of 134 logged there July10, 1913. The National Weather Servicecalled for 118 in Phoenix, and at least117 in Las Vegas on Sunday — a markreached only twice in Sin City.Meteorologists are calling for highsat or above 112 through Wednesday inLas Vegas, and there isn’t even relief when the sun goes down. Sunday night’slow is forecast to be 92 degrees.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Gorgeous George,No.9,in first place;Hot Shot,No.3,in second place;and WinningSpirit,No.3,in third place.The race time was clocked at1:49.77.
 
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Friday
 June 28,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
When Kelly Moran first interviewed for aspot on the San Mateo PlanningCommission nearly eight years ago she wasasked what the city’s three most importantissues were.Her answer?Traffic. Traffic. Traffic.Moran just departed the commissionalthough she could have served another four-year term on it if the council chose to reap-point her. She was first appointed to thenBrandt Grotte’s seat after he was appointedto the City Council.“It’s time to step aside.It’s nothing more,”Moran told the DailyJournal.One of the big reasonsMoran volunteered toserve on the commissionwas because of the city’sbig effort toward buildingtransit-oriented develop-ment.“TOD is the pathway toward a sustainablefuture,” said Moran, who is an environmen-tal scientist.Some may have considered her to be anti-development, but she thinks otherwise.“I probably approved more developmentthan any other planning commissioner inthe city’s history,” she said.Much of the developments she approvedare within the city’s rail corridor, where BayMeadows Phase II is currently being builtand where Station Park Green, anothermixed-used housing project near theHayward Park Caltrain station, will one daybe built.The city has approved thousands of newhousing units in the rail corridor in newwalkable neighborhoods.Moran is especially excited to see thecompletion of Bay Meadows Phase II, awhole new neighborhood with more than1,000 housing units, offices, big parks anda private school.She especially cannot wait to see a pro-posed restaurant on Delaware Street in thenew development that will have an ovalface.It was because someone from the publicapproached the commission and said thedevelopment had “too many boxes — youneed some curves.”There were many cases when individualsnot involved in a project weighed in and hadan effect on it, she said.The Draper University of Heroes in down-town faced commission approval last yearand it was a member of the public who calledfor the need of some type of retail compo-nent at the Collective Antiques building onThird Avenue. Draper accommodated thewish and will include pop-up retail kiosks atthe school for entrepreneurs.Moran is a chemist and scientist based inSan Mateo and one of her biggest concernsfor the city going forward is how it plans forclimate change and meeting future waterdemands.“As an environmental professional, I’mscared to death of climate change. It is hap-pening and it is human caused,” she said.Whole parts of San Mateo will be at riskof flooding, she said, and the levees atShoreview are not high enough.The area may also have enough water now,she said, but will have challenges within thedecade. The city will also have to partnerwith its private water provider, theCalifornia Water Service Company, to helpits residents conserve water and meet manda-tory reductions imposed by the state.San Mateo is currently planning to estab-lish a sustainability commission thatMoran thinks will be critical in helping thecity plan for the future.“Sustainability is not an overnightthing,” she said.
silverfarb@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 106
‘Sustainability a must’
Former planning commissioner reflects on job
Kelly Moran
REDWOODCITY 
Burglary.
The window to a rental vehiclewas smashed and a laptop was stolen onVeterans Boulevard before 4:01 p.m.Tuesday, June 18.
Burglary.
Aperson woke up from a nap tofind a handprint and the screen missing fromtheir bedroom window on Jefferson Avenuebefore 3:39 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.
Reckless driver.
Aperson in a Prius wasseen speeding on Highway 101 andWoodside Road before 12:16 p.m. Tuesday,June 18.
Arrest.
Aman was arrested for publicintoxication on El Camino Real before 2:40a.m. Tuesday, June 18.
Petty theft.
Two men stole a 12 pack of beer on El Camino Real before 2:31 a.m.Tuesday, June 18.
Burglary.
Someone was arrested for bur-glarizing a business on Tacoma Way before7:33 p.m. Sunday, June 16.
Strong-arm robbery
. Officers arrestedsomeone for a strong-arm robbery on ElCamino Real before 2:06 a.m. Sunday, June16.
SANBRUNO
Attempted burglary.
Aresident scaredaway a man dressed in black who was tryingto open a window on the 1200 block of South William Avenue before 1:09 p.m.Monday, June 17.
Suspicious circumstances.
Two peoplereported hearing seven loud explosionscoming from near the mall on the 1100block of El Camino Real before 2:48 a.m.Sunday, June 16.
Burglary.
Music equipment, worth a totalof $1,500, was taken from a home on the3100 block of Fasman Drive before 1:13p.m. Sunday, June 16.
Weapons violation.
An employee in theoperation management office brought a gunto work in his backpack on the 1100 blockof El Camino Real before 6:47 p.m. Sunday,June 16.
Disturbance
. Aman was seen attacking awoman in the middle of the street near the500 block of Cypress Avenue before 1:49a.m. Saturday, June 15.
Stolen vehicle.
Avehicle was stolenfrom a secured garage on the 800 block of East Commodore Drive before 9:25 p.m.Saturday, June 15.
SOUTHSANFRANCISCO
Disturbance.
Alarge group of people wereinvolved in a physical fight on Linden Avenuebefore 10:25 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Narcotics.
Four juveniles were seen smok-ing marijuana in a car on Third Lane before5:49 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Petty theft
. Aperson was caught switchingprice tags on items at Costco on El CaminoReal before 2:31 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Burglary.
Luggage was stolen from a vehiclewhile the owner ate at a restaurant on SouthAirport Boulevard before 11:07 a.m. Saturday,June 15.
Disturbance.
Aman kicked a bus windowafter he was asked to leave for refusing to payfor his fare on Airport Boulevard and ButlerAvenue before 9:04 a.m. Saturday, June 15.
Grand theft.
Avehicle was stolen on OliveAvenue before 6:55 a.m. Saturday, June 15.
Police reports
Only needed one
Atire was stolen off a vehicle on AthyDrive in South SanFrancisco before 1p.m. Saturday, June 15.

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