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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XIV,Edition 1
Gold, Jewelry,Diamonds
Sliver & Coins
By Bill Silverfarb
The San Mateo City Councilwill hold a special meetingTuesday to interview three con-sulting firms, one of which will betapped to conduct a managementaudit of the CommunityDevelopment Department follow-ing a series of “hiccups” as someon the council have described it.DeputyMayor RobertRoss, however,is looking tobroaden thescope of theaudit to take acloser look atall of the city’sdepartmentsand their poli-cies and procedures to help limitthe city’s future liability.The council decided last monthto conduct the audit although allare not in support of doing it now,such as Councilman JackMatthews.“It is not a process I endorsedbut I will take part in it,”Matthews said.The department may have hadsome “hiccups” such as the con-troversial 7-Eleven on San MateoDrive the council ultimately ruledwas permitted to operate in errorbut, for the most part, Matthewssaid, the CDD’s work has beenexcellent.He also does not like the word“audit.”“It is not a good word. We needto look at what the best practicesare and what a consultant wouldrecommend to make anyimprovements,” Matthews toldthe Daily Journal.Ross, however, wants a processthat will keep the public fullyinformed on how the city conductsits business.An audit would help the city cor-rect its past mistakes so that theydo not happen again, he said.“There has to be accountabili-ty,” Ross told the Daily Journal.
Auditor sought to dig into city
San Mateo to look deep into Community Development Department after ‘hiccups’
Robert Ross
By Michelle Durand
The county’s waste agency ismeeting this week for the first timesince replacing its board withelected officials and members willbegin discussing whether theyneed a technical adviser and a con-duct code.Atechnical advisory committeewould include appointees fromeach member of the South BaysideWaste Management Authority. Thecommittee would be charged withhelping the newly remade boardbetter understand the technicalaspects of waste management.The SBWMAboard already has afinancial conflict of interest codein place but, at Thursday’s month-ly meeting, it will also talk aboutdeveloping a code of conduct. Aprevious code adopted in 2006 waslimited to the contractor selectionprocess but the board may consid-er expanding it to other specificactions like operating theShoreway facility.Both ideas grew out of a blue rib-bon task force convened earlierthis year to evaluate the SBWMA’sgovernance and operations.The SBWMA, also known as
Waste agency greetsnew board,considersnew code of conduct
By Bill Silverfarb
With San Mateo City ManagerSusan Loftus recently announcingher retirement, the City Councilwill decide tonight how it wants togo about recruiting a new boss tohandle the city’s $160 millionannual budget and more than 500employees.Loftus departs her job Nov. 1 andthe council will likely have toappoint an interim city managerto handle her duties while the cityembarks on a hunt to fill hershoes.The council will decide whetherit should hire a consultant to findher replacement or whether thehuman resources departmentshould handlethe job.Staff is rec-ommending thecouncil hire anoutside con-sultant as it didmore than fiveyears ago afterArne Croceannounced hisretirement from the city manager’sposition.Loftus was working under Crocewhen he retired and the councilhired her to the city’s top postafter a recruitment consultant nar-rowed down a list of finalists to just a few.
San Mateo begins searchto find next city manager
Susan Loftus
 The national anthems of the sister cities of San Mateo and Toyonaka,Japan play before thestart of Game 3 of the Toyonaka Sister City Baseball Games on Aug.17 at Fitzgerald Field in SanMateo Central Park.The San Mateo All Stars competed with the Toyonaka All Stars in a seriesof five games as part of festivities celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Sister City relation-ship.A delegation of Toyonaka city officials,student ambassadors,citizens,traditional Japanesedancers,and young baseball players traveled to San Mateo to celebrate the milestone and reaf-firm the Sister City relationship.Below left,San Mateo Mayor David Lim meets the players.
The first of a series of show trialsorchestrated by Soviet leader Josef Stalin began in Moscow as 16 defen-dants faced charges of conspiringagainst the government. All were con-victed and executed.
Paul Frank teams up withNative American artists
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It wasFashion’s Night Out in Los Angeles.Celebrities and models packed partiesand shopping extravaganzas thrown bydesigners and retailers.The people at Paul Frank Industries —famous for putting Julius the monkeyon everything from T-shirts to bicycles— were hoping to have some fun withthe latest trend of Native Americaninspired designs. Theirofferings includedfeather headbands, toytomahawks and glow-in-the-dark war paint.The backlash was infull swing within 24hours.Bloggers and othercritics blasted lastyear’s neon-lit pow-wow as racist and thelatest fashion faux pas to anger NativeAmericans.After apologizing, Paul FrankIndustries spent nearly a year workingwith its most vocal critics and a diverseteam of Native American artists anddesigners to create a new collection of merchandise with a distinct Native flavor.This time, it was done right, said ElieDekel, president of Saban Brands, theparent company of Paul Frank.The beaded sunglasses, brightly col-ored handmade accessories, tote bagsand graphic T-shirts were set to beunveiled Friday evening at the Museumof Contemporary Native Arts in SantaFe as part of the annual Santa Fe IndianMarket festivities.Bloggers Adrienne Keene, a memberof the Cherokee tribe who writes NativeAppropriations, and Jessica Metcalfe, aTurtle Mountain Chippewa from NorthDakota who runs Beyond Buckskin,were among those involved in themonthly conference callsand hundreds of emails thatwere shared over manymonths as the projectdeveloped. Keene, in arecent blog post, called thecollaboration “a big winfor Indian Country” butsaid it was important toremember what sparked thecollaboration.“Remembering thebeginning is how we con-tinue to move forwardtogether,” she wrote. “History is writ-ten by those in power, so we need tocontinue to push to have our versionshared and not forgotten.”People who worked on the projectwere hoping the collaboration willserve as a template for other manufac-turers to be more thoughtful when deal-ing with cultural imagery.“We were sincerely aghast at how wehad found ourselves in that situationabout a year ago, and today it’s trulyhumbling to all involved that it hasemerged into something so positive,”Dekel said. Dekel said it wasn’t until hestarted talking to Keene and Metcalfethat he learned the problem was muchbigger than a Warholesque flier featur-ing Julius in a headdress.“It illuminated a larger issue of wow,Native American imagery and culturalreferences have been appropriated bynumerous companies and businessesand industries over generations now,”he said. “This is an ongoing issue.”Last fall, Victoria’s Secret apologizedfor putting a Native American-styleheaddress on a model for its annual fash-ion show. The outfit was criticized as adisplay of ignorance toward tribal cul-ture and history.The band No Doubt also apologizedafter running into criticism for its cow-boys-and-Indians-themed video. In2011, Urban Outfitters Inc. set off afirestorm with its line of Navajo-brand-ed clothing and accessories that includ-ed underwear and a liquor flask.The collection created by Paul Frankand the Native designers incorporatesbeading techniques and designs that areinfluenced by tribal cultures that stretchfrom the Navajo and Taos Pueblo in theSouthwest to the Great Plains and Canada.The designers include Autumn DawnGomez, who is Comanche and Taos;Louie Gong of the Nooksack Tribe;Candace Halcro, who is Plains Cree andMetis Aboriginal; and Dustin QuinnMartin of the Navajo Nation.
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 Tipper Gore is 65.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
“Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.” 
— Janis Joplin,American rock singer (1943-1970).
Rock musicianGinger Baker is 74.Singer Ivan Nevilleis 54.
Smoke rises after an eruption of Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima,southwestern Japan,in this handout photo taken andreleased by Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory Sunday.
Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fogin the morning. Aslight chance of show-ers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid60s to lower 70s. South winds 5 to 15mph.
Monday night:
Mostly cloudy in theevening then becoming partly cloudy. Aslight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fogafter midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds 5 to 15mph.
Partly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Aslightchance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 60s. Southwinds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
Tuesday night:
Partly cloudy. Aslight chance of showersand thunderstorms.
Local Weather Forecast
Today’s Highlight in History:On August 19, 1848
, the New York Herald reported thediscovery of gold in California.
On this date:In 1807
, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat arrived inAlbany, two days after leaving New York.
In 1812
, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigateHMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812, earn-ing the nickname “Old Ironsides.”
In 1934
, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.
In 1942
, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian andBritish soldiers launched a disastrous raid against theGermans at Dieppe, France, suffering more than 50 percentcasualties.
In 1951
, the owner of the St. Louis Browns, Bill Veeck ,sent in 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel to pinch-hit in a game againstDetroit. In his only major league at-bat, Gaedel walked onfour pitches and was replaced at first base by a pinch-runner.
In 1960
, a tribunal in Moscow convicted American U2pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage. Although sen-tenced to 10 years’imprisonment, Powers was returned tothe United States in 1962 as part of a prisoner exchange.
In 1976
, President Gerald R. Ford won the Republicanpresidential nomination at the party’s convention inKansas City.
In 1991
, Soviet hard-liners made the stunning announce-ment that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removedfrom power, a coup attemp that collapsed two days later.
Ten years ago:
Asuicide truck bomb struck U.N. headquar-ters in Baghdad, killing 22, including the top U.N. envoy,Sergio Vieira de Mello.Actor L.Q. Jones is 86. Actress Debra Paget is 80. ActressDiana Muldaur is 75. Singer Johnny Nash is 73. Actress JillSt. John is 73. Singer Billy J. Kramer is 70. Country singer-songwriter Eddy Raven is 69. Rock singer Ian Gillan (DeepPurple) is 68. Former President Bill Clinton is 67. Actor JimCarter is 65. Actor Gerald McRaney is 65. Political consultantMary Matalin is 60. Actor Peter Gallagher is 58. Actor AdamArkin is 57. Actor John Stamos is 50. Actress Kyra Sedgwickis 48. Actor Kevin Dillon is 48. TVreporter Tabitha Soren is46. Actor Matthew Perry is 44. Country singer Clay Walker is44. Actress Tracie Thoms is 38. Rapper Romeo is 24.
In other news ...
(Answers tomorrow)TIGER ADMITSTRAND PUZZLESaturday’sJumbles:Answer:The circus performer painted during his timeoff because he was a — TRAPEZE ARTISTNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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apt. Paul Boyton created the Shoot-the-Chutes in New York for thefamous Coney Island. It proved amoney winner, so he built one outside the1893 World’s Fair at Chicago where it suc-ceed beyond his dreams.The people loved it.The (flat-bottom boats) Shoot-the-Chutestraveled at 60 mph down an incline whichrose 70 feet above the ground and down aslope 350 feet long into a man-made lake.The ride thrilled everyone. Accidents didoccur and some took a bath when the boatsoverturned but the passengers only got a lit-tle wet. Boyton decided to go national so hesold rights to use his model to many cities.The first city to build a chute happened out-side the 1894 Mid-Winter Fair in SanFrancisco, inside the Golden Gate Park.Railroad attorney Charles Ackermanacquired property on Haight Street betweenCole and Clayton streets and opened it tothe public Nov. 2, 1895. The site was with-in walking distance of the Children’s Parkin Golden Gate Park’s east end. Atrolley ranby the chute and ended at the Children’s Parkin Golden Gate Park.The Shoot-the-Chutes became an instantsuccess. He charged 10 cents for adults and 5cents for children. When it opened, it hadonly the chutes and a food concessionstand. At the top of the chute, he had aCamera Obscura housed in a Japanese struc-ture. It had a convex lens focused on a mir-ror that gave the view of the area around thechutes. It was totally dark in this structureand the operator suddenly pulled a lever thatreleased the chute and the passengers sud-denly dropped down the slope at 60 mph.What a thrill.Later in the year, he enlarged his conces-sion (for an extra fee) to include a scenicrailway that was almost a roller coaster. Itmade dips and circled the perimeter of thepark, almost a mile in length. At the end of the ride, it went into a 600-foot tunnel thathad lit-up scenic worldwide views of foreignlands. The chutes offered food concessionsbut no alcoholic beverages were sold. It wasa very clean operation and family-oriented.Aminiature railway, named “LittleHercules,” that ran on a 9-inch track gaugewas built for the park as well as a English-built merry-go-round named the “TheGalloping Horses” that gave a gently up anddown movement that the American merry-go-rounds were lacking at this time. Thiswas free to the children.Numerous activities were added to theShoot-the-Chutes. A“bewildering LondonDoor Maze” challenged patrons and drovemany crazy in their effort to get out.The zoo opened in 1896 with animalsfrom around the world. Animals such asWallace the Lion, a jaguar, bears, a smallpride of lions, kangaroos, leopards and afamily of Orangutans, plus other animals. ADarwinian Temple housed a variety of mon-keys with a glass case in the middle of thetemple that had reptiles in it.Achutes museum of animals was built thathoused dead stuffed animals. Agreat curiosi-ty for the kids.On June 27, 1897, a 100-foot-wide-by-130-foot-long theater was opened. It had
Shoot-the-Chutes in San Francisco
Auto burglary.
The rear window of a rentalcar was smashed and a Microsoft Surfacetablet, a Kindle, two digital cameras, cloth-ing, shoes and jewelry were stolen on FosterCity Boulevard before 10:38 a.m. Saturday,Aug. 10.
Ashopping cart was placed ontop of a vehicle, causing damage, on BalboaLane before 7:26 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.Robbery. Acustomer took money from a cabdriver on Cortez Lane before 10:14 p.m.Friday, Aug. 9.
Grand theft.
Asecond vehicle is missingit’s catalytic converter on Hatteras Courtbefore 12:09 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.
Grand theft.
Two catalytic converters to avehicle were cut and removed on HatterasCourt before 11:43 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9.
Vehicle burglary.
Avehicle was burglar-ized on the 700 block of Elm Street before12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Controlled substance.
Aman was arrest-ed and booked for possessing a controlledsubstance on the 3000 block of EatonAvenue before 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.14.
Property was burglarized on the900 block of Sunset Drive before 10:24p.m. Monday, Aug. 12.
Police reports
The youth are getting restless
Two juveniles broke into a clubhousegym and vandalized the equipment onFoster City Boulevard in Foster Citybefore 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Shoot-the-Chutes was a very popular feature in San Francisco during the turn of the century.

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