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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Wednesday
 July 17,2013
Vol XII,Edition 286
ARGENTINA OIL
BUSINESS PAGE 10
 
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SUMMERSOUPMADESIMPLE
FOOD PAGE 17
CHEVRON AND YPF SIGN $1.5 BILLION DEAL
Family Owned & Operated 
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856 N. Delaware Street San Mateo650-348-3680
Rippin ’Tacos Mondo Burritos
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STAFF AND WIRE REPORT
California regulators on Tuesdaycalled on Pacific Gas & ElectricCo. to pay at least $300 millionin fines in connection with a dead-ly 2010 gas pipeline blast in whatthey said would amount to thelargest fine ever levied by the statePublic Utilities Commission.In an amended brief filed in thepipeline case, the commission’ssafety division cited the eightpeople killed and 38 homesdestroyed in the blast in SanBruno and said there were stepsPG&E could have taken to preventthe explosion.“The tragedy in San Bruno,which was directly caused byPG&E’s unreasonable conduct andneglect for decades, was the worstdisaster in the history of California electric and/or gas util-ities,” the safety division said inits filing.Regulators had originally calledfor a $2.25 billion penaltyagainst PG&E, though it wouldconsist entirely of funds the utili-ty has spent or promised to spendon pipeline system improvementsordered by the commission.Consumer advocates and SanBruno officials had objected tothat penalty. San Bruno officialssaid it was tax deductible and “lit-tered” with credits and perks to
Record fine for explosion
$300M of PG&E $2.25B penalty recommended to go intostate’s general fund
 ANGELA SWARTZ/DAILY JOURNAL
Lifelong Burlingame resident Maureen Byrne,74,sits along Burlingame Avenue during a sunny day of construction.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The former head of the county’sprobation department is a “collec-tor of child pornography” with aparticular fetish of young, nudeboys tied and spanked, a stateprosecutor told jurors who willdecide if the hundreds of imagesdiscovered at his home and officewas work related or proof of crimi-nal activity.The defense for Stuart JamesForrest, 61, didn’t dispute hisclient possessed the films from theCanadian distribution company,Azov Films, whose 2010-11investigationled to the formerprobation chief through cus-tomer transac-tion records.But attorneyJaime Leanossaid investiga-tors rushed to judgment aboutForrest’s intent because he was “abig fish.”The refusal to accept that Forrestpurchased the films with his ownname and credit card for research
Former probationhead begins childpornography trial
Prosecutors:Preference foryoung boys tied,spanked
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The company that owns thebuilding in the six-alarm blaze inRedwood City last weekend thatkilled one and left nearly 100 peo-ple homeless is being sued fornegligence by a couple displacedby the fire, according to a civilcomplaint filed in San MateoCounty Superior Court yesterday.The blaze was the fault of Newport Beach-based KDFHallmark’s “failure to properlyinspect, maintain and safeguardthe property from a foreseeableunit fire,” according to the com-plaint filed by plaintiffs Jorge andJuanita Chavez, who lived on thesecond floor of the 72-unitHallmark House Apartments on
Deadly fire prompts lawsuit
Complaint alleges Redwood Citybuilding had inadequate sprinklers
Stu Forrest
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Those who visit BurlingameAvenue now have two weeks worthof free Friday parking along theavenue under their belts. Has thisboosted business, as the CityCouncil hoped, when theyapproved the temporary free park-ing?Not so, say some business own-ers and customers who frequentdowntown Burlingame and havefelt the impact of the BurlingameAvenue Streetscape project.Reduced parking, fewer patronsand a torn-up street, are among thecomplaints from business owners.The new free parking is part of the city’s plan to alleviate parkingwoes in Burlingame during therevamping and widening of down-town sidewalks for the 14- to 16-month construction.“We did listen to the merchantsand customers and came up withthe free parking on Fridays,” saidMayor Ann Keighran. “I know [theconstruction] is an inconven-ience, but the final goal is anupgraded avenue that will beadvantageous to businesses in thelong run.”At the beginning of July, theCity Council approved making the89 available metered spots on theBurlingame mainstay free, undertwo-hour time limits, until con-struction is completed at the end of next summer.Ben Nielsen has been one of theowners of Copenhagen Bakery &Café at 1216 Burlingame Ave. for36 years and said for free parkingto make a difference for business,free lots would need to be included.“The biggest frustration is thatit’s moving so slow and killing
Construction weighs on merchants
Burlingame Avenue revamp to help business,but short-term impact evident
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Wednesday
 July 17,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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Publisher: Jerry LeeEditorin Chief: Jon Mays
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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.
Actor DavidHasselhoff is 61.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1918
Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and his familywere executed by the Bolsheviks.
“Sometimes it’s worseto win a fight than to lose.” 
— Billie Holiday,jazz singer (born 1915,died this date in 1959)
Actor DonaldSutherland is 78.Actor Tom Cullenis 28.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A 6-day-old newly born giraffe calf is seen next to its parents 6-year-old father Buddy,left,and 11-year old mother Jacky attheir enclosure in Buenos Aires’zoo in Argentina.
Wednesday
: Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog inthe morning. Highs in the lower to mid60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming cloudy. Patchyfog after midnight. Lows in the lower50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday
: Cloudy in the morning then becoming partlycloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s.West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night
: Partly cloudy in the evening thenbecoming cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in thelower 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Friday
: Cloudy in the morning then becoming partlycloudy. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid 60s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
(Answers tomorrow)QUIRK PLUME SOCIALWORTHYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Compared to the competition, the losingpoker player didn’t — STACK UPNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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In 1763
, American entrepreneur John Jacob Astor was bornin Walldorf in present-day Germany.
In 1821, 
Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
In 1862
, during the Civil War, Congress approved theSecond Confiscation Act, which declared that all slaves tak-ing refuge behind Union lines were to be set free.
In 1936, 
the Spanish Civil War began as right-wing armygenerals launched a coup attempt against the SecondSpanish Republic.
In 1938
, aviator Douglas Corrigan took off from NewYork, saying he was headed for California; he ended up inIreland, supposedly by accident, earning the nickname“Wrong Way Corrigan.”
In 1944
, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of themAfrican-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunitionships exploded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine inCalifornia.
In 1955
, Disneyland had its opening day in Anaheim.
In 1962, 
the United States conducted its last atmosphericnuclear test to date, detonating a 20-kiloton device, code-named Little Feller I, at the Nevada Test Site.
In 1975, 
an Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz space-craft in orbit in the first superpower link-up of its kind.
In 1981
, 114 people were killed when a pair of suspendedwalkways above the lobby of the Kansas City HyattRegency Hotel collapsed during a tea dance.
In 1996
, TWAFlight 800, a Europe-bound Boeing 747,exploded and crashed off Long Island, N.Y., shortly afterleaving John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all230 people aboard.
In 1998
, Nicholas II, last of the Romanov czars, was for-mally buried in Russia 80 years after he and his family wereslain by the Bolsheviks.Jazz singer Jimmy Scott is 88. Actress-singer DiahannCarroll is 78. Comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor is 73. Rock musi-cian Spencer Davis is 71. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is66. Rock musician Terry “Geezer” Butler is 64. Actress LucieArnaz is 62. Rock musician Fran Smith Jr. (The Hooters) is61. Television producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “TheApprentice”) is 53. Actress Nancy Giles is 53. Singer ReginaBelle is 50. Country singer Craig Morgan is 49. Rock musi-cian Lou Barlow is 47. Contemporary Christian singer SusanAshton is 46. Actor Andre Royo is 45. Actress Bitty Schramis 45. Actor Jason Clarke is 44. Singer JC (PM Dawn) is 42.Gangster Al Capone (1899-1947) car-ried business cards that said he was aused furniture dealer.***American tobacco magnate PierreLorillard (1833-1901) invented thetuxedo. In 1886, Lorillard attended aball wearing formal wear in a new stylethat he designed himself. Lorillarddubbed it a tuxedo, named after TuxedoPark, N.Y., where he owned 13,000acres.***The last word in most dictionaries iszyzzyva, a tropical American weevilthat is destructive to plants.***According to a survey of teenagers,two out of three boys believe they willmake $1 million by age 40. One out of three girls believe the same thing.***Dick Van Dyke (born 1925) plays RobPetrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show”(1961-1966). Rob writes for a televi-sion show. Do you remember the nameof the show and his co-workersnames? See answer at end.***Awealthy industrialist purchases anisland he wants to develop, but hisplans go awry when he discovers theisland is cursed by voodoo, completewith man-eating plants and zombies.It is the plot of the campy B-movie“Voodoo Island” (1957) starring BorisKarloff (1887-1969).***The tall white hats that chefs wear arecalled toque blanche, meaning whitehat in French. The hats are tall, pleat-ed and rounded at the top.***Some tips for cooking cauliflower:Place a piece of stale bread on top of the cooking cauliflower to stop thehouse from smelling. Cook cauli-flower with a strip of lemon peel tokeep the cauliflower from changingcolor.***The average cow produces 90 glassesof milk per day.***Anne Francis Robbins was born in1921. After her parents were divorcedshe took the last name of her stepfa-ther, Loyal Davis (1896-1982). Aftercollege she became an actress underthe stage name Nancy Davis. She mar-ried Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) in1952, and has been named NancyReagan ever since.***Both John Travolta (born 1954) andJohn Denver (1943-1997) were offeredthe lead role in the 1982 movie “AnOfficer and a Gentleman.” They turnedit down so Richard Gere (born 1949)got the part of officer-in-training ZackMayo.***David Smith Jr., nicknamed “TheBullet,” set the world record in 1998for farthest human cannonball flight.He was shot 181 feet, 1 inch at a speedof about 70 mph.***In the third century B.C., Greek schol-ar and astronomer Eratosthenes (275B.C.-195 B.C.) accurately measured,without instruments, the circumfer-ence and tilt of the Earth and its dis-tance from the sun and moon.***Winston Churchill (1874-1965),prime minister of Britain during WorldWar II, won the 1953 Nobel Prize inLiterature for his book “The SecondWorld War.” The six volume bookseries took five years to complete(1948-1953).***
 Answe
: Rob writes for the fictional Alan Brady Show along with co-work-ers Buddy and Sally, played by Morey Amsterdam (1908-1996) and Rose Marie (born 1923). Petrie’s boss was Mel Cooley, played by Richard  Deacon (1921-1984). Alan Brady was played by Carl Reiner (born 1922).
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments?Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.com orcall 344-5200 ext. 114.
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 July 17,2013
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Norcal Auto Swap Meet
July 21, 6 am to 3 pm
This is a traditional auto swap meet FOR people BY people. Admission: $8, kids 12 and under freeParking: $10 per vehicleFor more information call (916)363-3400
Aloha Festival
August 3 & 4
www.pica-org.org/alohafestThe Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offertheir talents in music and dance during this free, two-dayfestival of arts. Bring the family! Free admission.
BURLINGAME
Burglary
. Tools were stolen from a lockedstorage unit on the 100 block of Anita Roadbefore 5:02 p.m. Monday, July 8.
Burglary
. Apurse was stolen from a vehicleon the 300 block of Dwight Road before 3:04p.m. Monday, July 8.
Theft.
Three bicycles were stolen on the1200 block of Bellevue Avenue before 1:49p.m. Monday, July 8.
Disturbance
. Aman was seen urinating on aperson’s property on the 200 block of Victoria Road before 1:13 p.m. Monday, July8.
Disturbance
. Aperson was in a loud argu-ment on the phone in an apartment on the 500block of El Camino Real before 11:48 a.m.Monday, July 8.
Arrest
. Awoman was arrested for being inpossession of burglary tools on the 1200block of Donnelly Avenue before 3:20 a.m.Monday, July 8.
BELMONT
Suspicious person
. Aman was in the parkafter hours on Twin Pines Lane before 11:59p.m. Wednesday, July 10.
Suspicious circumstances.
Someonereported unknown people were in his neigh-bor’s backyard on Lassen Drive before 8:47p.m. Wednesday, July 10.
Burglary
. Someone reported their jewelrywas stolen on Comstock Circle before 4:20p.m. Wednesday, July 10.
Suspicious person
. Aman was loitering inthe patio area on El Camino Real before 1:12p.m. Wednesday, July 10.
Vandalism
. Autility box was vandalized atthe intersection of Clipper and Treasure Islanddrives before 10:14 a.m. Wednesday, July 10.
Police reports
Can’t wait to be older
Aman wearing makeup to make himsellook older was loitering near a medicalcenter on Redwood Shores Parkway inRedwood City before 12:02 p.m.Tuesday, July 9.
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The Mi Rancho Market on North B Streetin San Mateo was given approval to growits store across the street at a long-aban-doned laundry facility Monday night but notbefore members of the Peninsula Italian-American Social Club of San Mateo madeseveral objections to the project.Club President Daniel Ferlizza told theCity Council the new carniceria will make itunsafe for members to access the B Streetsocial hall and also would impact its abilityto make money by renting out the facilityfor events.Currently, an alley separates the socialclub and the long-vacant Blu-White Laundry& Cleaners site that club members frequent-ly use to access the facility from parkingareas near the downtown Caltrain station.Minerva Pulido first opened the 4,000square-foot market in 1995 when the streetonly had a couple of shops on it near thePeninsula Italian-American Social Club.When she first appliedwith the city to build onthe laundry site, somewith the social clubencouraged the city todedicate the land formuch-needed parking.At Monday’s meeting,the public hearing wasdelayed for about 20 min-utes by Mayor David Limto give Pulido and her team a chance to workout any differences before the council castits vote.After the break was over, the club’s attor-ney said the two sides were able to reach anaccord.The council’s vote was 4-0 withCouncilwoman Maureen Freschet abstain-ing because she is a member of the club.The new two-story market at the old laun-dry site will be 12,000 square feet with a fullkitchen and taqueria with 25 parkingspaces. Mi Rancho currently has no parkingspaces.The former dry cleaner site has beenvacant more than 15 years and needed thestate to approve the demolition since it hadsome environmental issues such as chemi-cals in the soil.Councilman Jack Matthews thankedPulido for investing in the neighborhood atMonday night’s meeting.“I am enthusiastically supporting thisproject,” he said.When Pulido first opened the store, it hadfour employees. That number is now 25 andshe plans to add an additional 10 employeeswhen the larger market opens.
silverfarb@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 106
Market approved to expand
Long-vacant laundry site to be home for larger Mi Rancho
Minerva Pulido
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
San Mateo County’s ban on firearms in itsparks and recreation areas is legal, accord-ing to a state appellate court ruling issuedMonday.The California Court of Appeal upheld thecounty’s ban over arguments by the CalgunsFoundation and National Rifle Associationthat park-goers with permits to carry con-cealed weapons should be allowed to do soin any of the county’s 17 parks and recre-ation areas.Don Horsley, president of the San MateoCounty Board of Supervisors, praised thecourt for its stance, saying that nobodyneeds to carry a weapon in places wherenon-armed visitors mixing with thosearmed could prove dangerous.“Our parks are a refuge not only forwildlife but for visitors,” Horsley said. “Thepresence of guns ramps up the chances of deadly accidents and no one should have toworry that just around the corner some hikerwith a gun is going to mistake you for amountain lion.”The fracas over guns in the parks began in2011 when ban opponents sued on the basisit is preempted by state law. Acounty judgeupheld the ban in July 2012 and the suitbackers appealed. Monday’s ruling fromthat appeal holds that the prohibition verynarrowly addressed only parks and recre-ation areas and is therefore different thanother, broader bans that have not held up incourt.Chief County Counsel John Beiers calledthe ruling a “big victory” for all local gov-ernment agencies statewide that want thepolice power to restrict firearms.“The country has seen that beating theNRAeven post-Newtown is not easy, so weare very pleased with the outcome,” Beierssaid in a prepared statement, referencing thedeadly school shooting last year.
Court upholds county parks as gun free
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