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12/09/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Weekend
Aug.31-Sept.1,2013
Vol XIV,Edition 12
POSSIBLE STRIKE
WORLD PAGE 18
 
 YOU’LL WANTTO‘GETAWAY’
WEEKEND PAGE 19
SYRIANS BRACING FOR POSSIBLE U.S.ACTION
SAMANTHA WEIGEL/DAILY JOURNAL
U.S.Rep.Jackie Speier,D-San Mateo,and Half Moon Bay farmer John Giusti in his field of Brussels sprouts.Giustisupports any immigration reform that would help him maintain a solid workforce.
Snake scamstrikes again
Farmer workers pushfor program reform
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
Two residences in Belmont wereburglarized Thursday by suspectsimpersonating animal control offi-cers dealing with a “snake infesta-tion.” One of the suspects is thesame female who has struck in sev-eral Bay Area cities, including SanMateo, Burlingame,Hillsborough, Millbrae, Fremontand Union City, according toBelmont police.The first burglary was 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 in the300 block of Chesterton Avenue. Afemale, posing as an animal con-trol officer came to the victim’sdoor and explained that there was a“snake infestation” in the neigh-borhood and they would need to settraps in the victim’s backyard. Thesuspect asked to inspect the vic-tim’s home and see the backyard.After being shown around thehome, the suspect told the victimthat everyone in the home neededto come with her into the backyardso she could show them wheretraps would be set. The suspectkept the victim and his teenage
Helpin thefields
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
Federal immigration reform willsignificantly affect the coastalcities of Half Moon Bay andPescadero as they have San MateoCounty’s largest group of agricul-tural workers who have a specificskill needed to keep the area’sfarms producing through the sea-sons.This week, U.S. Rep. JackieSpeier, D-San Mateo, spoke withmembers of the San Mateo CountyFarm Bureau and visited severalcoastal farms to learn more abouttheir needs and speak about thesignificance of pending federallegislation.Members of the San MateoCounty Farm Bureau advocated forlegally hired temporary or perma-nent immigrant farmworkers whothey said sustain the industry, havetaxes taken out of their payroll,
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
This Labor Day weekend, if you’re looking for your fill of handmade sweet treats, you willwant to make your way to theBelmont Greek Festival.For the past few years, MarianPeris, 63, has been the personbehind all those treats and otherGreek specialties. Peris is incharge of coordinating all of thecooking for the festival, which isrun by the Greek Orthodox Churchof the Holy Cross. This is the 43rd
Months of food preparation lead up toannual celebration held this weekend
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
With housing prices up in the coun-ty, Steve Blanton, chief executive offi-cer of San Mateo County Associationof Realtors, is working with Realtorsto contend with the challenges of helping their clients buy homes in thearea.Home prices in San Mateo Countyare up 22 percent since June 2012,while housing inventory has droppedby 27 percent in that same timeframe,according to the real estate data serviceMLS Listings.“There’s a lot of technologyRealtors make use of, but to someextent, real estate continues to be arelationship-driven enterprise,”Blanton said. “We have a tours whereonce a week Realtors can see homesthat have just come on the market, sothey get the first opportunity to see thehouses. It’s important for them toknow what the market is like.”The county’s median price is about$550,000, while the median house-hold income is $85,684, according tocounty statistics for this past year. In2012, household income needed to be$117,400 or higher to afford to buy ahome, according to the San MateoCounty Association of Realtors.Since May 2010, Blanton has runthe association that now boasts morethan 2,600 members. The associationruns from South San Francisco down toMenlo Park in the south.Why does Blanton think it’s been so
At home with real estate
 ANGELA SWARTZ/DAILY JOURNAL
Steve Blanton,chief executive officer of San Mateo CountyAssociation of Realtors,or SAMCAR,chats in his office at 800Woodside Way in San Mateo.
 ANGELA SWARTZ/ DAILY JOURNAL
Marian Peris,thefoodcoordinator forthe BelmontGreek Festival,helps preparethe baklava forthis weekend’sevent.
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SPORTSPAGE 11
 
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Weekend
Aug.31-Sept.1,2013
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Actor Jaime P.Gomez is 48.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1886
An earthquake with an estimated mag-nitude of 7.3 devastated Charleston,S.C., killing at least 60 people,according to the U.S. GeologicalSurvey.
“Fashion can be bought.Style one must possess.” 
— Edna Woolman Chase,American fashion editor (1877-1957)
Actor Richard Gereis 64.Actor Chris Tuckeris 41.
Birthdays
REUTERS
AsleyGonzalezof Cuba(blue)competesagainstVarlamLiparteliani of Georgiaduringtheirmen’sunder90kg finalmatch atthe 2013JudoWorldChampionships inRio deJaneiro,Brazil.
Saturday
: Partly cloudy in the morningthen becoming mostly cloudy. Highs inthe 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday night:
Partly cloudy. Patchyfog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s.West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday
: Partly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Patchy fog in themorning. Highs in the mid 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday night:
Mostly clear in the evening then becom-ing mostly cloudy. Aslight chance of showers and thunder-storms. Lows in the mid 50s. West winds around 15mph...Becoming 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
LaborDay
: Partly cloudy. Aslight chance of showers andthunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1688
, preacher and novelist John Bunyan, author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” died in London.
In 1888
, Mary Ann Nichols, apparently the first victim of “Jack the Ripper,” was found slain in London’s East End.
In 1935
, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an actprohibiting the export of U.S. arms to belligerents.
In 1941, 
the radio program “The Great Gildersleeve,” aspinoff from “Fibber McGee and Molly” starring HaroldPeary, debuted on NBC.
In 1954
, Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern Atlanticstates; Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusettsbore the brunt of the storm, which resulted in nearly 70deaths.
In 1963
, French artist Georges Braque, 81, died in Paris.
In 1972, 
at the Munich Summer Olympics, Americanswimmer Mark Spitz won his fourth and fifth gold medals, inthe 100-meter butterfly and 800-meter freestyle relay;Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut won gold medals in floor exer-cise and the balance beam.
In 1973, 
movie director John Ford, 79, died in PalmDesert, Calif.
In 1980, 
Poland’s Solidarity labor movement was bornwith an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day-oldstrike.
In 1986
, 82 people were killed when an Aeromexico jet-liner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos, Calif.The Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided witha merchant vessel in the Black Sea, causing both to sink; upto 448 people reportedly died.
In 1988, 
14 people were killed when a Delta Boeing 727crashed during takeoff from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
In 1991
, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan declared their inde-pendence, raising to 10 the number of republics seeking tosecede from the Soviet Union.The Hanna-Barbera cartoon series “TheHuckleberry Hound Show” (1958-1962)was the first animated cartoon to win anEmmy Award. In 1959, the show wonfor Outstanding Children’sProgramming.***Yogi Bear debuted in 1958 as a support-ing character on “The HuckleberryHound Show.”***Cartoon character Yogi Bear lives inJellystone Park. His favorite thing todo is steal picnic baskets with his friendBoo Boo. Park Ranger Smith usuallyfoils the plans of the bear that claims tobe “smarter than the averge bear.”***Yogi Bear was named after baseball leg-end Yogi Berra (born 1925) and wasmodeled after the character of Ed Nortonon “The Honeymooners” (1955-1956).***While waiting for his turn at bat duringhis days of playing professional base-ball, Lawrence Peter Berra would sit onthe ground cross-legged in a yoga posi-tion. He reminded his friends and team-mates of a Hindu holy man so theycalled him by the nickname Yogi.***Yogi Berra played in 14 World Series,more World Series games than any otherbaseball player.***The New York Mets were coached andmanaged by Yogi Berra from 1965 to1975. From 1976 to 1985, he coachedand managed the New York Yankees.***Many team names were considered forthe new professional baseball teamformed in New York in 1962. Some of the favorite names were the New YorkBees, Burros, Continentals andSkyscrapers. Ultimately, the team own-ers named their team the New YorkMetropolitans.***Every year, actress Glenn Close (born1947) sings the National Anthem forthe New York Mets’opening-day game.***Glenn Close played villainous dognap-per Cruella De Vil in the live actionmovie “101 Dalmations” (1996). DeVil steals puppies for their fur.***The name Cruella De Vil derives fromthe words cruel and devil.***English novelist Dorothy Gladys“Dodie” Smith (1896-1990) wrote the1956 novel “The Hundred and OneDalmatians.” Five years later, Disneymade the animated movie based on thebook.***Dalmatian puppies are born completelywhite. Their black spots develop asthey mature.***Fire trucks and Dalmatians go together.That’s because more than other breedsof dogs, Dalmatians have a strong bondwith horses. Stagecoach drivers used tohave a Dalmatian travel with them towarn against horse thieves. Fire trucksused to be pulled by horses, and eachgroup of firemen kept a Dalmatian forthe same reason.***Do you know what the difference isbetween a fire truck and a fire engine?See answer at end.***The fire hydrant was invented in 1869by New York native Birdsill Holly(1820-1893). Holly developed a sys-tem of pressurized water, powered bysteam engines, in underground pipesthroughout the city, accessible foremergencies by a fire hydrant. The samebasic system is used today.***California Vehicle Code 22514 statesthat “no person shall stop, park, orleave standing any vehicle within 15feet of a fire hydrant.”***Colonial towns in America had lawsthat required every home and businessto have a bucket of water at their door.The buckets would be used in case of firefor a “bucket brigade,” which was twolines of people stretching from thetown well to the fire passing buckets of water to put out the fire.***
 Answer 
: Afire engine has an onboard water supply, while a fire truck does not. Afire truck, also known as a laddertruck, is equipped with a longer ladderthan a fire engine.
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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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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Japanese monster movie actor Katsumi Tezuka is 101.Baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson is 78. Actor WarrenBerlinger is 76. Rock musician Jerry Allison (Buddy Hollyand the Crickets) is 74. Actor Jack Thompson is 73. ViolinistItzhak Perlman is 68. Singer Van Morrison is 68. Rock musi-cian Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) is 65. Olympic goldmedal track and field athlete Edwin Moses is 58. Rock singerGlenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) is 56. Rock musician Gina Schock(The Go-Go’s) is 56. Singer Tony DeFranco (The DeFrancoFamily) is 54. Rhythm-and-blues musician Larry Waddell(Mint Condition) is 50. Baseball pitcher Hideo Nomo is 45.
 
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SAN MATEO
Disturbance
. Aman wearing a white T-shirtand blue jeans struck and pushed two femaleson the 1800 block of S. Norfolk Street before9:21 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Suspicious person.
Aman was walkingdown the street with a police baton at theintersection of East Third Avenue and FremontStreet before 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Burglary
. Avehicle was burglarized on the900 block of Yates Way before 7:51 a.m.Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Suspicious circumstances
. Someonereported that a woman came to her door andsaid she was pest abatement on the 400 blockof Alameda de las Pulgas before 5:35 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 27.
BELMONT
Reckless drivers.
Two SUVs were seenspeeding on Alameda de la Pulgas before 7:51a.m. Friday, Aug. 16.
Hit-and-run
. Avehicle hit a fire hydrant andfled on Village Court before 12:22 a.m.Friday, Aug. 16.
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for violating hisprobation after he was found drunk outside abank on Ralston Avenue before 10:51 a.m.Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Suspicious person
. Aman hit a child whilegetting gas at a station on Old County Roadbefore 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Police reports
Out of energy
Awoman wearing a PG&E shirt waspassed out on the stairs on the 100block of South Delaware Street in SanMateo before 6:50 p.m. Wednesday,Aug. 28.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Limousines that carry 10 passengers orfewer will get annual inspections, twoworking fire extinguishers and assurancesby owners to authorities that the vehiclesmeet applicable standards under a safety billthat sailed through a key legislative com-mittee yesterday.The bill authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill,D-San Mateo, was sparked by the May 5fatal limousine fire on the San Mateo-Hayward bridge that killed five women head-ed to a Foster City bridal celebration whenthey couldn’t escape the smoke and flames.On Friday, the Assembly AppropriationsCommittee passed Senate Bill 338 on a 12-5 vote with the Republican members dis-senting. The committee also amended Hill’soriginal proposal to let the CaliforniaHighway Patrol defray the estimated$900,000 annual cost of implementationby collecting a $25 per limo fee from oper-ators. The bill now allows a scaled feebetween $25 to $75 depending up on thesize of an operator’s fleet.“It’s really a victory for safety,” Hill saidafter the vote Friday. “Now, the next bigstep is getting the governor to sign it whichI think will happen because the cost issuehas been resolved.”The full Assembly will consider the billby the end of session Sept. 14 before head-ing to the Senate for concurrence.Headed into the vote, Hill said he was“absolutely concerned” itwouldn’t pass eventhough he hopes othersshare his desire to pre-vent future tragedies.While larger capacityvehicles are bound bymandates like inspec-tions, smaller limousineslike that involved in thebridge fire are not. Hill’sbill specifically requires limos with lessthan 10 passengers to carry two fire extin-guishers and mandate the CaliforniaHighway Patrol conduct annual safetyinspections. The owner of an after-marketvehicle modified to increase passengercapacity must also certify to the CHPandCalifornia Public Utilities Commissionthat it meets all applicable federal and statemotor vehicle safety standards, according toHill’s proposed legislation.The bill is backed by the California StateSheriffsAssociation, CaliforniaProfessional Firefighters, California FireChiefs Association and Consumers for AutoReliability and Safety.An investigation into the May 5 fire con-cluded the failure of the vehicle’s suspen-sion system started the fire. Friction fromcontact by the rear driveshaft with the floorpan ignited the carpet and foam paddinginside the vehicle where nine passengerswere seated on their way to a bridal showerin Foster City. The deaths were ruled acci-dental but legislators like Hill and Sen.Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, quicklymoved to introduce bills related to regula-tions and safety measures like pop-out win-dows.When authorities announced the investi-gation results earlier this month theyplayed 911 tapes in which one of the womentells a dispatcher she cannot open the car’sdoor.The CPUC has said the limo company willbe fined $7,500 for allowing nine passen-gers in the vehicle when it was legally onlysupposed to carry seven. The commission’shead of safety and enforcement also said dur-ing the press conference that the commis-sion will work with state legislators onchanging regulations for limousines torequire the emergency pop-out windows.But on Friday, Hill said the CPUC hasalready “proven that safety is not its priori-ty” and should spend more time and energyproactively looking at industries like lim-ousine service to discern lapses like thelack of fire extinguishers.“They should have noticed this andalready developed regulations. They should-n’t have to wait for an accident to happen,”Hill said.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext.102
Limo safety bill passes key committee
Legislation would require fire extinguishersin certain vehicles
 Jerry Hill
 
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