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11/01/2013

 
www.smdailyjournal.com
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Friday
Sept.27,2013
Vol XIV,Edition 35
AGREEMENTMADE
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SPORTSPAGE 11
U.N.SECURITY COUNCIL REACHES RESOLUTION ON SYRIAWEAPONS
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
After San Mateo Mayor DavidLim and Deputy Mayor RobertRoss made it clear Thursday nightthey would not recommend thatthe City Council support MeasurePto upgrade local school facili-ties, a strangething happenedthat may havestrained thealready tenuousrelationshipbetween theschool district and city — some-body did not shake somebody’shand.Or did they?Lim and Ross are on the city’sLegislative Subcommittee andheard arguments for and againstsupporting the $130 million bondmeasure Wednesday night.The measure is on the Novemberballot and proposes to add capaci-ty and upgrade a few schools in theSan Mateo-Foster City ElementarySchool District.After the meeting concluded,attended by about 20 people, dis-trict Superintendent Cynthia
Handshake-gate?
Measure P discussion leads to ‘awkward’moment between mayor,school chief 
Government shutdown looms
David Lim,Cynthia Simms
KENNY MARTIN/DAILY JOURNAL
Brian Ogata,Barbara Anderson,Marc Samuels and Eric Fronberg rehearse before their live Blue Blanket Improvshow at Odd Fellows Hall in Half Moon Bay.
REUTERS
U.S.House Speaker John Boehner speaks to the press after aHouse Republican meeting on Capitol Hill.
By Andrew Taylorand Donna Cassata 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Moving closer tothe brink of a government shutdown,House Republicans vowed Thursdaythey won’t simply accept the stopgaplegislation that is likely to remainafter Senate Democrats strip away aplan to dismantle President BarackObama’s health care law.The defiant posture sets the stage forweekend drama on Capitol Hill afterthe Senate on Friday sends the frac-tious House a straightforward bill tokeep the government operatingthrough Nov. 15rather than part-ly closing downat midnightMonday.Speaker JohnBoehner of Ohioand several rank-and-fileRepublicans saidthe House sim-ply won’t accepta “clean” spend-ing measure, even though that’s beenthe norm in Congress on dozens of occasions since the 1995-96 govern-ment closures that bruised Republicansand strengthened the hand of Democratic President Bill Clinton.“I don’t see that happening,”Boehner said. Still, he declared that “Ihave no interest in a government shut-down” and he doesn’t expect one tooccur on Tuesday.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said the Democratic-led cham-ber will not relent.“The Senate will never pass a billthat guts the Affordable Care Act,”Reid declared.Apartial government shutdownwould keep hundreds of thousands of 
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By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Longtime South San FranciscoCouncilwoman Karyl Matsumotois suspending her campaign for atwo-year seat she had sought as away to help the council remain sta-ble in the wake of one mid-termvacancy and several high-levelretirements.However, Matsumoto, 70, willstill appear on the ballot and hercandidate state-ment printedbecause thedeadline to for-mally withdrawfrom the racewas Aug. 14,the close of thefiling period.Voters can stillcast a ballot for
Councilwoman suspends hercampaign for two-year seat
By Kenny Martin
DAILY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
If you make your way to OddFellows Hall, located on Half Moon Bay’s Main Street, on thesecond Saturday of the month,you’ll be treated to a night of sillyantics and humorous scenarios.For the cozy, intimate secondstory of Odd Fellows Hall is whereBlue Blanket Improv calls home.Marc Samuels, 46, founded BlueBlanket Improv in 2001 to create achallenge for himself, and others,and to force himself to keep hiswit and mindset sharp. Samuels’passion for improv started inSouthern California, growing upin the San Fernando Valley, wherehe was a part of the JFK HighSchool drama program.“Improv interested me because Iliked to mess with people,”Samuels said. “Even in regularshows, I might change a line tosee how the other people wouldreact.”Samuels eventually moved toSan Francisco in 2000, and later toHalf Moon Bay in 2001, and hestarted teaching improv classes
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‘BREAKINGBADFINALE ISHERE
WEEKEND PAGE 18
 
Officials questioncounty investment fund
School and city officials werescrambling the week of Sept. 27, 2008 to fig-ure out the ripple effectof the national finan-cial fallout andwhether losses in a county invest-ment fund would decrease localcredit ratings.There were more questions thananswers at the County InvestmentFund Oversight Committee meetingthat week. The County InvestmentFund is a pool of money fromschool districts, special districtsand cities, managed by the countytreasurer. The fund lost approximate-ly $150 million, or approximately 5percent of the $2.6 billion portfo-lio’s principal due in part to itsholdings in Lehman BrothersSecurities.
WaMu becomesbiggest bank to fail
As the debate over a $700 billionbank bailout raged on inWashington, one of the nation’slargest banks — Washington MutualInc. — collapsed under the weight of its enormous bad bets on the mort-gage market the week of Sept. 27,2008.The Federal Deposit InsuranceCorp. seized WaMu on Thursday of that week, and then sold the thrift’sbanking assets to JPMorgan Chase& Co. for $1.9 billion.Seattle-based WaMu,which was founded in1889, was the largestbank to fail by far in thecountry’s history. Its $307billion in assets eclipse those of Continental Illinois National Bank,which failed in 1984 with $40 bil-lion in assets; adjusted for 2008 dol-lars, its assets totaled $67.7 bil-lion. IndyMac, seized in July, had$32 billion in assets.
State budgetslows local transit
The state budget was dealing localtransit agencies a major blow theweek of Sept. 27, 2008, cuttingfunding by nearly two-thirds morethan what was expected earlier in theyear.Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggersigned the most overdue budget inthe state’s history. Proposition 42,which takes gas taxes to make trans-portation improvements, wasuntouched by massive cuts, but fund-ing to local transit agencies such asBay Area Rapid Transit, Caltrain andSamTrans was diverted at record lowlevels.Caltrain, which runs Peninsula railservice from Gilroy to SanFrancisco, could have received$11.8 million from the state thatyear. It received $3.7 million.SamTrans, which runs bus and para-transit service in SanMateo County, could havereceived $13.7 million butthe state only allocated$4.3 million.
Superintendent recommendsdenying charter school plan
The San Mateo Union High SchoolDistrict superintendent came outagainst a proposal to open a tech-nology-based school serving 800students in sixth through eighthgrades the week of Sept. 27, 2008.Insufficient information about edu-cational programs, finances and alocation for the charter school —known as Magnolia — toppedSuperintendent David Miller’s con-cerns in a recommendation to denythe charter.Among the educational concernslisted were the lack of a guidanceprogram; little innovative, creativeor powerful instructional strategies;no physical education standards; andunclear graduation requirements,according to the resolution. Thebudget was a major concern listed bythe district.
From the archives highlights stories origi-nally printed five years ago this week. Itappears in the Friday edition of the DailyJournal.
FOR THE RECORD2
Friday
Sept.27,2013
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Actress GwynethPaltrow is 41.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1991
President George H.W. Bushannounced in a nationally broadcastaddress that he was eliminating allU.S. battlefield nuclear weapons andcalled on the Soviet Union to matchthe gesture.
“Life is like a coin.You can spend it any way you wish,but you only spend it once.” 
— Lillian Dickson,American missionary (1901-1983)
Actor WilfordBrimley is 79.Singer AvrilLavigne is 29.
Birthdays
Friday:
Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s tolower 70s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
Friday night:
Clear. Lows in the mid50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday
: Sunny. Highs in the mid 60sto lower 70s. Light winds.Saturday night...Clear. Lows in the mid50s. West winds around 5 mph in theevening...Becoming light.
Sunday
: Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.
Sunday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening then becom-ing mostly cloudy. Aslight chance of showers. Lows in themid 50s.
Monday
:Mostly cloudy. Aslight chance of showers.Highs in the mid 60s.
Monday night and Tuesday:
Partly cloudy.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1540, 
Pope Paul III issued a papal bull establishing theSociety of Jesus, or Jesuits, as a religious order.
In 1779, 
John Adams was named by Congress to negotiatethe Revolutionary War’s peace terms with Britain.
In 1854, 
the first great disaster involving an AtlanticOcean passenger vessel occurred when the steamship SSArctic sank off Newfoundland; of the more than 400 peopleon board, only 86 survived.
In 1928, 
the United States said it was recognizing theNationalist Chinese government.
In 1939
, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resist-ance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the SovietUnion during World War II.
In 1941
, on “Liberty Fleet Day,” the United Stateslaunched 14 rapidly built military cargo vessels, includingthe first Liberty ship, the SS Patrick Henry, which was per-sonally launched by President Franklin D. Roosevelt inBaltimore.
In 1942, 
Glenn Miller and his orchestra performed togeth-er for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, N.J.,prior to Miller’s entry into the Army.
In 1954, 
“Tonight!” hosted by Steve Allen made its net-work debut on NBC-TV.
In 1964
, the government publicly released the report of theWarren Commission, which found that Lee Harvey Oswaldhad acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy.
In 1988
, three days after placing first in the men’s 100-meter dash at the Seoul (sohl) Summer Olympics, Canadiansprinter Ben Johnson left for home in disgrace, stripped of his gold medal by officials who said Johnson had used ana-bolic steroids.
(Answers tomorrow)USURPAGENTABRUPTODDITYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The number of billboards along the highwaywas — ADDING 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
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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 The Daily Derby race winners are Gold Rush,No.1,in first place;Lucky Star,No.2,in second place;and Big Ben,No.4,in third place.The race timewas clocked at 1:46.32.
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Actress Jayne Meadows is 93. Actress Kathleen Nolan is 80.Actor Claude Jarman Jr. is 79. Author Barbara Howar is 79.World Golf Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth is 74. Singer-musician Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is 70.Rock singer Meat Loaf is 66. Actress Liz Torres is 66. Actor AMartinez is 65. Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is 64.Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is 63. Singer Shaun Cassidy is55. Comedian Marc Maron is 50. Rock singer StephanJenkins (Third Eye Blind) is 49. Actor Patrick Muldoon is 45.Singer Mark Calderon is 43. Actress Amanda Detmer is 42.Rock singer Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down) is 35.
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Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighters release flares as they perform during the ‘Russia Arms Expo 2013’ninth international exhibition of arms,military equipment and ammunition,in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil.
 
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Burglary
. Asilver Chevrolet Tahoe’s win-dow was smashed and a backpack and laptopwere stolen on the 1200 block of El CaminoReal before 7:53 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Burglary
. Avehicle’s window was smashedon the 1100 block of El Camino Real before6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Vandalism
. Property was vandalized on the1800 block of Niles Avenue before 12:59p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Burglary
. Agreen Ford Escort’s windowwas smashed on the 1100 block of NationalAvenue before 9:39 a.m. Wednesday, Sept.25.
Vandalism
. The front side passenger doorof a vehicle was scratched on the 400 blockof Redwood Avenue before 6:16 p.m.Tuesday, Sept. 24.
HALF MOON BAY 
Suspicious circumstances.
Awindowwas reported smashed and a golf ball wasfound nearby on the 500 block of TurnberryDrive before 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.
Vandalism
. The window to a classroom wasbroken on the 400 block of MiramontesAvenue before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
Grand theft.
Numerous items were stolenfrom three vehicles as well as from a busi-ness on the 600 block of Seymour Streetbefore 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20.
Police reports
Sticky situation
Someone poured tar in front of a resi-dence on California Avenue in SouthSan Francisco before 10:06 a.m.Monday, Sept. 16.
By Michael Liedtke
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MENLO PARK — Google has quietlyretooled the closely guarded formula runningits Internet search engine to give betteranswers to the increasingly complex ques-tions posed by Web surfers.The overhaul came as part of an updatecalled “Hummingbird” that Google Inc. hasgradually rolled out in the past month with-out disclosing the modifications.The changes could have a major impact ontraffic to websites. Hummingbird representsthe most dramatic alteration to Google’ssearch engine since it revised the way itindexes websites three years ago as part of aredesign called “Caffeine,” according toAmit Singhal, a senior vice president for thecompany. He estimates that the redesign willaffect the analysis of about 90 percent of thesearch requests that Google gets.Any reshuffling of Google’s search rank-ings can have sweeping ramificationsbecause they steer so much of the Internet’straffic. Google fields about two of out everythree search requests in the U.S. and handlesan even larger volume in some parts of Europe. The changes could also drive up theprice of Google ads tied to search requests if websites whose rankings are demoted underthe new system feel they have to buy themarketing messages to attract traffic.The search ads and other commercialpitches related to Web content account formost of Google’s revenue, which is expectedto approach $60 billion this year.Google disclosed the existence of the newsearch formula Thursday at an event held inthe Menlo Park, Calif., garage where CEOLarry Page and fellow co-founder SergeyBrin started the company 15 years ago.Google celebrates its birthday on Sept. 27each year, even though the company wasincorporated a few weeks earlier. The compa-ny is now based in Mountain View at asprawling complex located about sevenmiles from the 1,900-square-foot homewhere Page and Brin paid $1,700 per monthto rent the garage and a bedroom. The co-founders’landlord was Susan Wojcicki, whois now a top Google executive and Brin’ssister-in-law.Wojcicki sold the home to Google in 2006and it is now maintained as a monument tothe company’s humble beginnings.Google’s renovations to its search enginehaven’t triggered widespread complaintsfrom other websites yet, suggesting that therevisions haven’t resulted in a radical reshuf-fling in how websites rank in the recommen-dations. The Caffeine update spurred a loudoutcry because it explicitly sought to weedout websites that tried to trick Google’ssearch engine into believing their contentwas related to common search requests. AfterCaffeine kicked in, hundreds of websites thatconsistently won a coveted spot near the topof Google’s search results had been relegatedto the back pages or exiled completely.Hummingbird is primarily aimed at givingGoogle’s search engine a better grasp atunderstanding concepts instead of merewords, Singhal said.
Google’s ‘Hummingbird’has new search formula
CITY GOVERNMENT
• The
South SanFrancisco CityCouncil
delayed a deci-sion on the
CentennialVillage
mixed-used project until its Oct.23 meeting. At the same meeting Wednesdaynight, the council had no reportable actionout of its closed session, including a deci-sion on a new city manager.
RETOOLED SEARCH ENGINE:
Google has completed the most dramaticoverhaul of its influential search engine inthree years with an update called“Hummingbird.”The new formula changesthe way that the Internet’s most popularsearch engine analyzes about 90 percentof the requests that it gets.
QUIET CHANGE:
 The different approach to search graduallyrolled out during the past month.GoogleInc.waited until Thursday to reveal theexistence of the new formula at event heldin the Menlo Park garage where thecompany started 15 years ago.
POTENTIAL FALLOUT:
 The renovations could have ripple effectson the flow of online traffic and adspending.
Google rewritesits search formula

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