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June 8, 2010 issue for the SMDJ
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By Heather Murtagh
Daniel Cho,a 17-year-old fromAragon High School,died Sundayafter falling nearly 100 feet from aviewing platform at the CapilanoSuspension Bridge in Vancouver,British Columbia during a schoolmusic trip.Cho fell nearly 100 feet from theplatform during a school tripSunday night. The Royal CanadianMounted Police are investigatingthe death,on which they were notwilling to rule,MichaelMcLaughlin,a constable with theRCMP,said in a press conferenceyesterday. An autopsy is scheduledfor today,butfull results willnot be availablefor four to sixweeks.About 105students andmore than 20chaperonesarrived inVancouver overthe weekend for a music tour. Thegroup was scheduled to remain inCanada through June 11.Television reports described a res-cue effort that required ropes tolower crews to the teen,who wasdead once rescuers reached him.On Monday morning,AragonPrincipal Patricia Kurtz,a schoolcounselor and a district officialheaded to the airport to meet withthe students in Canada,said MattBigger,associate superintendent of instruction for the San Mateo UnionHigh School District. The groupwill work together to determine if the trip should be cut short.In the meantime,a local school inCanada and the police departmentoffered counseling for the students,said Bigger. The Holiday InnExpress,where the group is staying,opened up conference rooms for thegroup to use.“Our hearts go out to the familyand friends of the guest who died
Aragon teen dies in bridge fall
Students visiting British Columbia,Canada for school music trip
Daniel Cho
Site where a Daniel Cho fell to his death at the Capilano suspension bridgein Vancouver,British Columbia.
By Michelle Durand
San Mateo County’s programsand services will take a $116 millionhit under the governor’s May budg-et revision,a proposal that will alsoshift prisoners to local jails,elimi-nate welfare payments for thou-sands of residents and could shutterthe methadone clinic.Although county of 
cials knewthe budget revision looked devastat-ing when it was released mid-May,exactly how the proposals penciledout for San Mateo County wasunclear. Nearlya month later,CountyManager DavidBoesch is givingthe Board of Supervisorsspecifics onwhat the countycan expect if Gov. ArnoldSchwarzenegger’s recommenda-tions get the green light from theLegislature.
County hit hard byMay budget revise
Schwarzenegger’s plan will take$116 million from local services
By Heather Murtagh
Joaquin Estrada grew up constant-ly changing his mind as to what hewould grow up to be.At 17,and days away from gradu-ating high school,that unknownfuture remains. Estrada,a senior atSummit Preparatory High,has sim-ply been introduced to too manywonderful possibilities. With somany interests,Estrada will beenrolling at Permian College,a lib-eral-arts college in Claremont,Calif.,with an open mind and a sim-
Lending a helping hand
By Bill Silverfarb
The San Mateo City Counciladopted an ordinance last nightintended to make parking in down-town more convenient and to dis-courage the use of on-street parkingby employees and business owners.The council voted to increase thetime limit for all on-street parkingspaces from two hours to four hours.The Downtown San MateoAssociation Parking and SafetyCommittee proposed the changes.Core pricing currently for on-street parking is 50 cents an hour.That will remain,and the councilvoted to increase that to $1 each forthe third and fourth hours.Time limits will be increased fordrivers using public parking at citygarages from two hours to fourhours as well but the rate willincrease from 25 cents an hour to 50cents an hour.Permit parking and 10-hour park-ing in garages and along RailroadAvenue will be unchanged.The changes will make garagesand parking on the edges of down-town the most economical parkingfor employees and owners,accord-ing to a staff report by VinceHansen,San Mateo’s facilities man-ager.“The intent is not to be a revenuegenerator but to simplify parkingdowntown,”Hansen told the CityCouncil at its meeting last night.However,Councilman JackMatthews pointed out that themeters will not roll over time for thenext user of the space,which couldbring in the city additional revenue.The existing 24-minute meterswill remain as single-space metersto avoid confusion and to identifythem as 24-minute only.
Changes to downtown parking
 The city of San Mateo is increasing the amount of time motorists can park in downtown from two hours to fourhours and will charge $1 an hour for the third and fourth hours.The first two hours will remain at 50 cents each.
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This Day in HistoryInsideSnapshotThought for the Day
Strange but True
During the Six-Day War,34 U.S. ser-vicemen were killed when Israeli
ght-er jets and torpedo boats attacked theUSS Liberty,a Navy intelligence-gath-ering ship stationed in theMediterranean.
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,
Tennessee seceded from the Union.
In 1864,
Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term aspresident during the National Union (Republican) Party’s con-vention in Baltimore.
In 1905
,President Theodore Roosevelt offered to act as amediator in the Russo-Japanese War.
In 1915
,Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned ina disagreement with President Woodrow Wilson over U.S. han-dling of the sinking of the Lusitania.
In 1948,
the “Texaco Star Theater”made its debut on NBC-TVwith Milton Berle guest-hosting the
rst program. (Berle waslater named the show’s permanent host.)
In 1966,
a merger was announced between the National andAmerican Football Leagues,to take effect in 1970.
In 1978
,a jury in Clark County,Nev.,ruled the so-called“Mormon will,”purportedly written by the late billionaireHoward Hughes,was a forgery.
In 1995
,U.S. Marines rescued Capt. Scott O’Grady,whose F-16C
ghter jet had been shot down by Bosnian Serbs on June2.
Ten years ago:
Two gunmen shot to death Brig. StephenSaunders,a British defense attache,in Athens,Greece; the elu-sive terrorist group November 17 claimed responsibility,say-ing it killed Saunders because of his role in NATO airstrikesagainst Yugoslavia. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jeff MacNally died in Baltimore at age 52.“Malice drinksone-half of its own poison.”— Seneca,Roman statesman (circa 5 B.C.-A.D. 65)
Actor-comedianJerry Stiller is 83.Rapper KanyeWest is 33.
Couple weds in sharktank,wearing wet suits
RIVERHEAD,N.Y. — A New Yorkcouple has taken the plunge inside a sharktank.April Pignataro and Michael Currywere lowered in a steel cage into the tankto exchange their wedding vows atAtlantis Marine World in Riverhead,N.Y,on Sunday.She wore a white wet suit; he wore ablack one.The experienced divers spoke theirvows into radio headgear transmitted to aminister outside the tank. About 75 guestswatched from behind glass.The tank is part of the Lost City of Atlantis shark exhibit.
Speed camera foe buysTennessee city’s police website
BLUFF CITY,Tenn. — After aTennessee police department let its web-site expire,the site was snatched up by anew owner — a man who uses it to gripeabout traf 
c cameras that issue speedingtickets.Computer network designer BrianMcCrary says he discovered the Bluff City Police Department site was up forgrabs,so he paid domain provider GoDaddy for the rights to http://www.bluffc-itypd.com.McCrary,who says he received a $90speeding citation earlier this year,tookover the site May 22.His site now shows a smiling cartoonpolice badge clutching green currency. Italso posts gripes from others who’ve beencited.Police Chief David Nelson said the of 
-cer who managed the site had been onmedical leave and the expiration slippedup on the department.
Bikini coffee shopsparks boycottin Colorado
AURORA,Colo. — A suburbanDenver city councilwoman is urging peo-ple to boycott businesses near a coffeeshop that sends bikini-clad women ontonearby city streets to advertise.Councilwoman Molly Markert sent aletter of complaint,signed by about 30Aurora residents,to the manager of theproperty where Perky Cups operates.Markert suggested in the May 20 letterthat the women promoting the coffee shopwere in danger of being “raped and mur-dered.”She wrote that the petition signershave pledged to not buy anything at theshopping center until the women stopadvertising in the streets.
California freeway closedafter bear wanders in lanes
LOS ANGELES — A SouthernCalifornia freeway was brie
y shut downwhile state wildlife of 
cials tried toremove a bear that wandered into lanes.Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. KerryCarter says the adult black bear was spot-ted just after midnight Sunday on surfacestreets near the Foothill Freeway inDuarte. The animal later walked onto thefreeway,which was closed for about a half hour. Fish and Game Department workerswere eventually able to corner the bear ina
ood control channel,where they tran-quilized it with a dart gun.The bear,estimated at 250 pounds,wastaken to a remote forest area for release.Duarte is about 20 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the San GabrielValley.
South American critter foundsleeping on Chicago porch
CHICAGO — A small,furry,long-tailed critter found napping on a Chicagoporch is apparently more than 2,000 milesaway from where it belongs.Animal control experts say an exotickinkajou was found sleeping Thursday inthe city’s Pilsen neighborhood. Nobodyknew what it was until Lincoln Park Zooexperts identi
ed it. The NationalGeographic Web site says kinkajous arerelated to raccoons. They’re typicallyfound not on Chicago porches but in thetrees of tropical forests in Central andSouth America.
Revelers take part in the ‘La Patum’festival in Berga city,Spain.
More medicalcare is notalways better
See page 19
Wall Street
Stocks fallin last hour,Dow down 115
See page 10
Widespread low clouds and fog inthe morning then patchy low clouds. Highsin the 50s to mid 60s. West winds 10 to 20mph.
Tuesday night:
Clear in the evening thenareas of low clouds and fog.
“We’re not sure what it will look like.We might have some borrowingand cuts.We might have fees.There will definitely be more taxes....But what the final  product looks like,we just don’t know yet.” 
—Connie Juarez-Diroll,legislative coordinator
“County hit hard by May budget revise,”see page 1
Local Weather Forecast
• The story “Caltrain declares emergency”in the Friday edi-
tion of the Daily Journal should have said “there will be threepublic meetings in mid-August to receive comments about theservice changes.There will be a public hearing on Sept. 2about the proposed fare increase.”
• The photo caption on the front page of the June 5-6 edition
of the Daily Journal had incorrect information. Sequoia HighSchool’s principal is Bonnie Hansen.
CorrectionsLottoQuote of the Day
 The Daily Derby race winners are Winning Spirit,No.9,in first place;Lucky Star,No.2,in secondplace;and Solid Gold,No.10,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:44:74.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush is 85. Comedian JoanRivers is 77. Actress Millicent Martin is 76. Actor JamesDarren is 74. Actor Bernie Casey is 71. Singer Nancy Sinatrais 70. Singer Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) is 68. MusicianBoz Scaggs is 66. Actor Don Grady is 66. Rock musician MickBox (Uriah Heep) is 63. Author Sara Paretsky is 63. ActressSonia Braga is 60. Actress Kathy Baker is 60. Country musi-cian Tony Rice is 59. Actor Grif 
n Dunne is 55. “Dilbert”cre-ator Scott Adams is 53. Singer Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) is50. Musician Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Doris Pearson (Five Star) is 44. Actress JuliannaMargulies is 43. Actor Dan Futterman is 43. Actor DavidSutcliffe is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nicci Gilbert is 40.Actress Kelli Williams is 40. Actor Mark Feuerstein is 39.Contemporary Christian musician Mike Scheuchzer(MercyMe) is 35. Blues-rock musician Derek Trucks (TheDerek Trucks Band) is 31. Folk-bluegrass singer-musicianSara Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 29.
(Answers tomorrow)FIFTYLAPELFEEBLE SIMILEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The cameraman described his photo of themoonshiners as a — “STILL” LIFENow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
by Mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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Attempted crime.
Pry marks were found onthe front door of a home on the 700 block of Vernon Way before 3:57 p.m. Tuesday,June 1.
. A man and his roommate were heardyelling and cursing at each other on the 1700block of Marco Polo Way before 11:02 p.m.Tuesday,June 1.
Drunk in public.
A man wearing blue jeansand a blue T-shirt was on the ground refusingto get up on the 100 block of Anza Boulevardbefore 10:35 p.m. Monday,May 31.
Reckless driving
. A vehicle ran a stop signand almost hit a mother and daughter crossingthe street on the intersection of Burlingameand Lorton avenues before 5:06 p.m. Monday,May 31.
Vandalism to vehicle.
A blue minivan wasegged on the 100 block of Howard Avenuebefore 10:36 p.m. Sunday,May 30.
. A car was broken into on South ElCamino before 9:34 a.m. Wednesday,June 2.
Missing person.
A man on the 900 block of Clear
eld Drive reported his father missing atthe same time transit police in Palo Alto foundhim before 5:15 p.m. Thursday,May 27.
. A laptop was stolen from the trunkof a car parked at a hotel on the
rst block of Old Bayshore Highway before 10:45 p.m.Thursday,May 27.
Police reports
Cleaned out
A man with a beard was inside a laundryroom breaking into the machines on the1100 block of Capuchino Avenue inBurlingame before 9:39 a.m. Sunday,May 30.
San Mateo moved forward with the demoli-tion of one of its
re stations last night and thedevelopment of temporary facilities as it pre-pares to select a contractor to build a new
re-house at 27th Avenue and Edison Street.The City Council approved four contracts lastnight for the demolition,pavement and removalof hazardous material; installation of temporaryelectricity; leasing a temporary apparatus bayfor its engines; and leasing temporary trailersfor staff.The trailers will serve as temporary of 
cesand living quarters for the station’s
ghters.The four contracts totaled just under$363,000.Public Works staff is working with an archi-tect to develop the project plans and speci
ca-tions as it seeks bids to build a new station thissummer.The existing structure,built in 1951,will betorn down to make way for a two-story,9,300-square-foot facility at a cost of $3.5 million. Thecurrent station is seismically un
t and will bethe fourth of six San Mateo
re stations to ben-e
t from needed upgrades.The new station will feature three bays fortrucks. Two of the bays will be drive-through toaccommodate larger ladder trucks and truckswill no longer have to be backed into the bays,according to architect Bill Louie.The new station will have six individual bed-rooms rather than the dorm-style bunks the sta-tion currently has and will better accommodatewomen. It will also have a training tower and befar more energy ef 
cient than the current build-ing.The station has the largest geographic area tocover than any station in San Mateo,with aservice area stretching from 20th Avenue to42nd Avenue.Funding for the station comes partially fromMeasure C,which allocated a portion of thecity’s hotel occupancy tax for the project.
Second death reportedamong Cow Palace rave-goers
Authorities are reporting the death of a sec-ond man who attended a Cow Palace ravemore than a week ago.Of 
cials said Monday that Trung Nguyen of San Jose died at Washington Hospital inFremont on Sunday,eight days after he joined16,000 partyers at the “Pop 2010:The Dream”festival in Daly City.The 25-year-old Nguyen died after a week-long effort by doctors to bring him back fromthe brink.The Alameda County coroner has not deter-mined the cause of his death.A week earlier 23-year-old Anthony Mataof Santa Clara was pronounced dead of anapparent ecstasy overdose.At least nine other people who attended theCow Palace rave were taken to Bay Area hos-pitals.Some of 
cials have called for a ban on ravesat the Cow Palace.
Fire station demolition moves forward
By Bill Silverfarb
San Mateo faces a $5 million budget short-fall next year and will lean on its employeesheavily to help bridge the gap.To close the de
cit,the city is seeking laborcost concessions to the tune of $2.2 million,City Manager Susan Loftus informed the CityCouncil last night.“A balanced budget depends on some laborconcessions,Loftus said. “Some laborgroups have not voted yet.”The city has already identi
ed about $2.5million in savings by not
lling vacant posi-tions and through other cost controls.The city will also use unspent capital proj-ect funds,about $2 million,to supplement the2010-11
scal operating budget.The city’s general fund,which pays for pub-lic safety and other essential city services,isapproximately $76.9 million,according to astaff report by Doris Koo,the city’s treasuryand budget manager.The overall total city and RedevelopmentAgency budget is about $167 million.The city’s major source of funding,proper-ty tax revenue,is projected to remain
at nextyear,although revenue from sales taxes,prop-erty transfer taxes and hotel taxes are expect-ed to increase modestly.Part of the modest increases to the sales andhotel taxes comes from the passage of meas-ures L and M in November.The city expects a budget shortfall of about$3 million for its
scal year 2011-12 budget.City employees are being asked to give uppay raises once again to close the de
cit andthe city has to also reallocate about $1.6 mil-lion to the worker’s compensation fund. Thecity is setting aside about $2 million to com-bat any future state takeaways or in case rev-enue unexpectedly declines. The city has lost40 employees in the last year.
Council considers updated budget
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