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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
 July 23,2013
Vol XII,Edition 291
By Angela Swartz
How the federal Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act will affect small busi-nesses when it is implemented next yearwas the main topic of conversation at aninformational forum in Redwood City yes-terday morning.The act will take effect in January 2014,and require all Americans to have healthinsurance. Currently, there are 5.3 millionuninsured Californians, according toCovered California, the health careexchange created as a result of theAffordable Care Act.Businesses with 50 employees or fewerwill not be mandated to provide theiremployees with insurance, but experts on apanel to discuss the act highlighted some of the benefits for businesses providing healthinsurance, including tax credits. Largercompanies will pay fees for either not offer-ing insurance or not offering affordableenough insurance plans to their employees.The forum was organized by state Sen.Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, AssemblymanRich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, andAssemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South SanFrancisco.“There’s a lot of uncertainty surroundingthe act,” Mullin said at the event. “Theimplementation is a large undertaking.”The Redwood City-San Mateo CountyChamber of Commerce was a co-host of theforum. Amy Buckmaster, chamber presidentand CEO, said in a press release that thechamber hears from many small businesses
Forum tackles healthcare act questions
Small businesses seek answers on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Grand jury questionscountys budget gap
Report claims deficit no longer exists
By Michelle Durand
San Mateo County has not had astructural deficit for the last 10 years,despite using the alleged gap and theuse of reserves to balance the budget asreason for voters to favor four taxmeasures, according to the civil grand jury.The jury report released yesterdayclaims the Board of Supervisors “sys-tematically” excludes some or all of itsextra property tax revenue when pen-ciling out its budget to create theimpression of a deficit despite havinga multi-million dollar surplus.But board President Don Horsley andCounty Manager John Maltbie counter that the jury is theone that is wrong and that the county’s habit of not includ-ing excess Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds is fis-cally prudent.“Had we thrown all caution to the wind and spent everycent then we’d have real financial trouble,” Maltbie said.
Waste board changeset to move forward
More members signing on to electedrepresentation proposal for SBWMA
By Bill Silverfarb
An idea that first emerged in 2005 out of Belmont maysoon transform how the area’s top waste agency conductsits public business.If three more agencies agree, the makeup of the SouthBayside Waste Management Authority board will shift frombeing comprised of city staff to elected officials as recentlyendorsed by a Blue Ribbon Task Force comprised of theauthority’s 12 member agencies.Today, both the Belmont City Council and San MateoCounty Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to amendthe SBWMA’s joint powers agreement to change the board’s
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Students and parents at the Mills High School gym gather to speak out about AP test invalidations at a community meetinglast night.
By Angela Swartz
Hundreds of frustrated Mills HighSchool parents and students spoke outat a community meeting last night inMillbrae about the College Board’sdecision to invalidate AdvancedPlacement exams taken this Maybecause of seating irregularities.And legal action seems the likelynext step.Last week, the San Mateo UnionHigh School District’s reported thattest distributor College Board invali-dated tests in 11 APsubjects taken thisMay because of seating irregularities.The decision affected more than 200students and resulted in more than 600APexams being canceled because stu-dents tested in multiple subjects.Educational Testing Service, theCollege Board’s security provider thatadministers the APExams, stated ETSwas notified by one student who com-plained via email back in May.During testing, Mills placed some of the students in the library at tables sit-ting diagonally across from each othersince Mills didn’t have enough class-room space. The College Board regula-tion manual stated this may lead toinvalidations since the ideal seatingarrangement states students are sup-posed to sit in individual desks, facingthe same direction. The school districtconfirmed that the ETS had no suspi-cions of cheating, but ETS views it asa problem with the test’s integrity.During the meeting’s public com-
Parents prep lawsuit
Mills community frustrated over AP score invalidations
Fisherman gets 230 poundtuna despite capsized boat
LIHUE, Hawaii A54-year-oldfisherman is safe after his 14-foot boatcapsized as he was landing a 230-pound tuna in the ocean off Hawaii.The U.S. Coast Guard rescuedAnthony Wichman on Friday afterreceiving a distress call from his wife.Wichman was fishing about 10 milessouthwest of Port Allen on the islandof Kauai Friday morning when hehooked the Ahi tuna. Coast Guard Lt.Jessica Mickelson tells Hawaii NewsNow that Wichman was able to use hiscellphone to call his wife for help.The Coast Guard dispatched a heli-copter to rescue Wichman. Friendsarrived on another boat and were ableto right Wichman’s boat. They towedit — and the fish — back to port.
Dennis Farina,star of ‘Law & Order,’dead at 69
NEWYORK — Dennis Farina, a one-time Chicago cop who as a popularcharacter actor played a TVcop on“Law & Order” during his wide-rangingcareer, has died.Death came Monday morning in aScottsdale, Ariz., hospital after Farinasuffered a blood clot in his lung,according to his publicist, Lori DeWaal. He was 69.For three decades, Farina was a char-acter actor who displayed remarkabledexterity, charmand toughness,making effectiveuse of his craggyface, husky frame,ivory smile andample mustache. Hecould be as dapperas Fred Astaire andas full of threat asClint Eastwood.His gift has been described as wry,tough-guy panache, and audiencesloved him for it.“Sometimes you can take those dra-matic roles and maybe interject a littlehumor into them, and I think thereverse also works,” Farina said in a2007 interview with the AssociatedPress. “One of the funny things in lifeto me is a guy who takes himself veryseriously.”Farina’s many films include “SavingPrivate Ryan,” (1998), “Out Of Sight”(1998), “Midnight Run” (1988),“Manhunter” (1986), and his breakoutand perhaps most beloved film, “GetShorty” (1995), a comedic romp wherehe played a Miami mob boss.He recently completed shooting acomedy film, “Lucky Stiff.”Among his numerous TVroles wasDetective Joe Fontana on “Law &Order” during the 2004-06 seasons,replacing longtime cast member JerryOrbach in the ensemble.“Law & Order” executive producerDick Wolf said he was “stunned andsaddened to hear about Dennis’unex-pected passing this morning. The‘Law & Order’family extends sympa-thy and condolences to his family.”Also on TV, Farina was a regular inthe star-studded though short-lived2011-12 HBO horse-track drama“Luck.”He starred in the 1980s cult favorite“Crime Story,” and his stylish pri-vate-eye drama “Buddy Faro” (1998)was warmly received if little-watched.He followed that up with a 2002 sit-com flop, “The In-Laws.”Last season he guest-starred on theFox comedy “New Girl.”Aveteran of the Chicago theater,Farina appeared in Joseph Mantegna’s“Bleacher Bums” and “Streamers,”directed by Terry Kinney, among otherproductions.Born Feb. 29, 1944, Farina wasraised in a working-class neighbor-hood of Chicago, the seventh child of Italian immigrants.After three years in the U.S. Army,he served with the Chicago PoliceDepartment for 18 years, both as a uni-formed officer (he was there for the1968 Chicago riots) and a burglarydetective, before he found his way intoacting as he neared his forties.His first film was the 1981 actiondrama “Thief,” directed by MichaelMann — a future collaborator onnumerous projects as recently as“Luck” — whom he had met through amutual friend.
 July 23,2013
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Actor PhilipSeymour Hoffmanis 46.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
An Air Canada Boeing 767 ran out of fuel while flying from Montreal toEdmonton; the pilots were able toglide the jetliner to a safe emergencylanding in Gimli, Manitoba.
“The most courageous act isstill to think for yourself.Aloud.” 
— Coco Chanel,French fashion designer (1883-1971)
Actor WoodyHarrelson is 52.Actor DanielRadcliffe is 24.
Ukraine’s team perform in the synchronized swimming team technical final during the World Swimming Championshipsat the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona,Spain.
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Tuesday night
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Wednesday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening thenbecoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid 50s.Thursday through Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog.Highs in the mid 60s. Lows in the mid 50s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1885
, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the UnitedStates, died in Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63.
In 1886
, a legend was born as Steve Brodie claimed to havemade a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into NewYork’s East River. However, there are doubts about whetherthe dive actually took place.
In 1888
, author Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago.
In 1914
, Austria-Hungary issued a list of demands to Serbiafollowing the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbassassin; the dispute led to World War I.
In 1945
, French Marshal Henri Petain, who had headed theVichy government during World War II, went on trial,charged with treason. He was convicted and condemned todeath, but the sentence was commuted.
In 1951
, Petain died in prison.
In 1952, 
Egyptian military officers led by Gamal AbdelNasser launched a successful coup against King Farouk I.
In 1967
, a week of deadly race-related rioting that claimed43 lives erupted in Detroit.
In 1977
, a jury in Washington, D.C., convicted 12 HanafiMuslims of charges stemming from the hostage siege atthree buildings the previous March.
In 1986, 
Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Fergusonat Westminster Abbey in London. The couple divorced in1996.
In 1997
, the search for Andrew Cunanan, the suspectedkiller of designer Gianni Versace and others, ended as policefound his body on a houseboat in Miami Beach, an apparentsuicide.
In 2011
singer Amy Winehouse, 27, was found dead in herLondon home from accidental alcohol poisoning.
Ten years ago
: Anew audiotape purported to be from top-pled dictator Saddam Hussein called on Iraqis to resist theU.S. occupation.
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Dennis Farina
 July 23,2013
. Awoman was arrested for driving whileintoxicated on North Cabrillo Highwaybefore 5:44 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.
Petty theft
. Adrill valued at $250 wasstolen from a vehicle on the 400 block of Spruce Street before 9:55 a.m. Wednesday,July 17.
. Three juveniles stole beer out of a neighbor’s garage on the 500 block of Highland Avenue before 12:35 a.m.Wednesday, July 17.
Suspended license.
Aman was cited fordriving with a suspended license on the 700block of Balboa Avenue in El Granada before9:37 a.m. Tuesday, July 16.
. Aman was arrested for driving whileintoxicated on the 100 block of San MateoRoad before 12:31 a.m. Tuesday, July 16.
. Aman was arrested for driving underthe influence on South Cabrillo Highwaybefore 10:36 p.m. Monday, July 15.
. Aman was assaulted by threemen who had been doing drugs on the 500block of East Third Avenue before 9:36 a.m.Sunday, July 21.
Adebit card was stolen and fraudu-lently used to make purchases on the 1900block of Clinton Drive before 9:18 a.m.Sunday, July 21.
. Aperson was assaulted by aco-worker on the 2400 block of DelawareStreet before 10:17 a.m. Saturday, July 20.
. Aman snatched a person’s briefcaseon the 300 block of Baldwin Avenue before10:04 a.m. Saturday, July 20.
Parts were stolen from a motorcycleon the 100 block of El Camino Real before9:20 a.m. Saturday, July 20.
Awoman wearing medical scrubsstole from a store on the 3000 block of Bridgepointe Parkway before 8:08 p.m.Friday, July 19.
. Someone passed a counterfeit $100bill on the 100 block of East Third Avenuebefore 4:57 p.m. Friday, July 19.
. Adisgruntled employee wastaken into custody at the Hillsdale ShoppingCenter before 2:01 p.m. Friday, July 19.
. Aperson was arrested for beingunder the influence of a controlled substanceon the 200 block of Broadway before 7:19p.m. Thursday, July 18.
. Avehicle was burglarized on thefirst block of Rollins Road before 2 p.m.Thursday, July 18.
Warrant arrest.
Aman was booked for hav-ing an active warrant on the 600 block of Hemlock Avenue before 10:04 a.m. Sunday,July 14.
. Avehicle was burglarized on the200 block of El Camino Real before 12:59p.m. Sunday, July 14.
Petty theft
. Someone reported a shoplifteron the 800 block of Broadway before 5:25p.m. Saturday, July 13.
Controlled substance.
Aman wasbooked for possessing a controlled sub-stance and paraphernalia on the 500 blockof El Camino Real before 2:15 a.m.Saturday, July 13.
Police reports
I’d rather have two in the bush
Aman was seen walking around holdinga dead pigeon on the 200 block of ParkRoad in Burlingame before 12:38 p.m.Tuesday, July 16.
By Michelle Durand
San Mateo County is now leasing bothCircle Star office towers to an offshoot of Softbank, the telecom company whichowns a majority of Sprint Nextel and isalready committed to occupying one of theSan Carlos buildings.In April, SoftBank Corp. contracted torent out the 103,948-square-foot tower at 1Circle Star Way. On Tuesday morning, theBoard of Supervisors is expected to sign off on a lease for its 103,904-square-foot sisterproperty, 2 Circle Star Way. The secondlease is estimated to bring in $3.25 millionannually after the county recoups its up-front costs for improvements and $1.42million broker fee. Taken with the firstbuilding’s lease, the county stands to rakein more than $6 million in yearly revenue.“It is absolutely a good deal. With bothleases running concurrently for seven yearswe should net out more than $30 million,”said County Manager John Maltbie.Softbank’s lease for 1 Circle Star includedright of refusal for the second buildingwhich it exercised after another firm in Junesigned a letter of intent to lease three floors.Softbank countered with a proposal to leaseall floors minus the 44-square-foot controlroom for the electronic billboard.Maltbie said he understands the secondbuilding will be populated not withSoftbank itself but other technology firmswith which it is aligned.The 82-month lease expires in May 2020with the option of extending it another 34months with the rent adjusted to 100 percentof the prevailing market rate.The county purchased 1 and 2 Circle StarWay, two four-story office buildings plusparking, for $40 million two years ago as away to escape pricey leases for severaldepartments and relocate 911 dispatch.However, officials ultimately decided leas-ing the buildings was a more financially pru-dent choice, particularly because makingCircle Star compliant for dispatch wouldcost more than constructing an entirely newbuilding.Maltbie said comparing whether the coun-ty leasing the buildings or relocating itsown departments is the better financial dealis “comparing apples and oranges.” Maltbiesaid the original plan for the buildings wasconceived when the county had much greaterspace needs but has since downsized.“Our needs changed dramatically,”Maltbie said.The lease with the county is actuallyStarburst 1, Inc. a subsidiary of SoftBankCorp. In October, SoftBank announcedplans to acquire 70 percent of Sprint Nextelfor $20.1 billion. CEO Masayoshi Son isalso rumored to have purchased a 9-acreWoodside estate on Mountain Home Roadthat at the time made it the most expensiveprivate residence on record in California andpotentially the nation.
The Board of Supervisors meets 9 a.m.Tuesday, July 23 in Board Chambers, 400Government Center, Redwood City.
County leasing bothCircle Star towers
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