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11/10/2013

 
www.smdailyjournal.com
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
Oct.10, 2013
Vol XIV,Edition 46
MAKING HISTORY 
NATION PAGE 8
 
KNIGHTS BEATTHE BEARS 8-7
SPORTSPAGE 11
ALLIUMS ARE ADIFFERENT BULB
SUBURBANLIVING PAGE 22
OBAMA NOMINATES YELLEN TO SUCCEED BERNANKE ATFED
Gold, Jewelry,Diamonds
Sliver & Coins
 WE BUY
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Carlos officials called off the city’s state of emergency yes-terday hours after meeting withCalifornia Public UtilitiesCommission representativeswhich ordered a key gas pipelinein the city remain out of serviceuntil its safetycan be deter-mined.Aspecialcouncil meet-ing to stop thestate of emer-gency wascalledWednesdayevening afterMayor BobGrassilli andCity ManagerJeff Maltbiemet with PG&Eand CPUC rep-resentatives inSan Francisco.After the meet-ing, Grassilli told the DailyJournal he was glad to see theCPUC stand behind the city andthey will meet again Thursday todiscuss next steps.PG&E has a “gap of communica-tion and trust” because of the dead-ly San Bruno explosion in 2010and subsequent record keepingsnafus, Grassilli said.The City Council declared thestate of emergency Friday nightafter the city learned of internalPG&E concerns about the Line147 and the utility did not immedi-ately acquiesce to demands to shutit down. PG&E first said it wouldreduce pressure voluntarily by 20
San Carlos council calls offstate of emergency
 
Gas pipeline has pressure reduced,city officials still pressing to ensure its safety
Bob Grassilli Jeff Maltbie
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By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
With a tax set to expire nextspring, the Millbrae City Councilapproved an agreement withGround Floor Public Affairs to pro-ceed with plans to educate the pub-lic on the city’s financial historyand economic development.At its meeting Tuesday night,the council voted 5-0 for a$30,000, four-month partnershipwith the public relations firm towork on the Millbrae FinancialSustainability Program.The city’s fire suppressionassessment tax is up June 30,2013 and the tax is a potentialJune ballot measure. Millbrae vot-ers originally passed the $144annual fee for fire services on sin-gle-family homes in 2004 as onesolution to address the city’s budg-et crisis, which began in 2001. Itwas extended in 2009 and the taxbrings in about $1.2 million peryear to the general fund, accordingto a staff report.City Attorney Joan Cassmansaid it’s not a ballot measure yetand hiring the firm is one piece of a bigger pie. The city is looking atits financial situation and plans toeducate the public on city govern-ment finances. The city is evenlooking at increasing utilitycosts, as sales and hotel taxes fluc-tuate, she said.“As we as cities move forward,there are infrastructure needs toaddress,” Cassman said. “So weneed to get the message out to thepublic. We don’t have the
City partnerswith PRfirm
Millbrae officials want to educatepublic on itsfinancial situation
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Foster City residents willchoose this November whether toupdate the city’s business licensetax to raise an extra $700,000 byfiscal year 2015-16 for the city’sgeneral fund.The council voted in June to putMeasure U on the ballot after offi-cials with the Finance Departmentand Chamber of Commerce reachedout to the city’s largest businessessuch as Visa, Pacific Gas andElectric and the Crowne PlazaHotel before bringing the item tothe council for a vote.The extra income will help trim
Business tax hike on ballot
Foster City wants increase;feeshaven’t seen increase since 1971
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NICK ROSE/DAILY JOURNAL
Furloughed NASA Ames employees and their families led by NASA Ames Federal Employee Union members heldan informational picket and rally at the main gate of NASA Ames Research Center yesterday at noon.The federalgovernment shutdown has forced the furlough of 1,150 employees who normally work on projects related tospace exploration and technology,earth,space and life sciences,astrobiology and aviation safety and otheraviation system improvements.
By Calvin Woodwardand Jennifer Agiesta 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — PresidentBarack Obama and lawmakers mustrise above their incessant bicker-ing and do more to end the partialgovernment shutdown, accordingto a poll Wednesday that placesthe brunt of the blame onRepublicans but finds no onestanding tall in Washington.“So frustrating,” Martha Blair,71, of Kerrville, Texas, said of thefiscal paralysis as her schedulednational parks vacation sits inlimbo. “Somebody needs to jerkthose guys together to get a solu-tion, insteadof just saying‘no.”’TheAssociatedPress-GfKsurveyaffirmsexpectationsby many inWashington— Republicans among them —that the GOPmay end up takingthe biggest hit in public opinionfrom the shutdown, as happenedwhen much of the governmentclosed 17 years ago. But the situa-tion is fluid nine days into theshutdown and there’s plenty of dis-dain to go around.Overall, 62 percent mainlyblamed Republicans for the shut-down. About half said Obama orthe Democrats in Congress bearmuch responsibility.Most Americans consider theshutdown a serious problem forthe country, the poll finds, thoughmore than four in five have felt nopersonal effect. For those whohave, thwarted vacations and ahoneymoon at shuttered nationalparks, difficulty getting work donewithout federal contacts on the joband hitches in government bene-fits were among the complaints.
Poll: No heroes in shutdown
Republicans getting most of the blame
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Indiana dog that crashedhalf-marathon gets medal
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Indiana dogwho became an Internet sensation aftercrashing a half marathon has won amedal — and an appointment with a vet-erinarian to nip his wandering ways inthe bud.The chocolate Labrador retrievernamed Boogie ran most of the 13.1miles in Saturday’s Evansville event andthen was taken to Animal Control.Owner Jerry Butts tells the EvansvilleCourier & Press that the 100-pound dogslipped his leash Friday night. It was hisfourth escape.Butts says Boogie now has amicrochip and an appointment to beneutered.Boogie finished the race in 2 hours, 15minutes. That’s better than more thanhalf of the race’s participants.
Old cast-off:Mastodontooth found in donation box
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — AMichigan charity that collects donatedclothing, shoes and other items for low-income residents got a really old cast-off in a donation box: Amastodon tooth.The remains of the extinct relative of the elephant turned up during a July pick-up in Grand Rapids, The Grand RapidsPress reported. The tooth pieces and tuskare estimated to be anywhere from12,000 to 15,000 years old. TheChristian charity, called In The Image,turned the find over to the Grand RapidsPublic Museum, which is adding them toits collection.“I’d love to find out where this wasfrom and the history behind it,” said JayStarkey, the charity’s director.The tooth is broken into two parts andis covered in lacquer. Atusk, also coveredin lacquer, is hollow at one end and alsomay be from a mastodon.The animals roamed North Americamore than 10,000 years ago, and theirremains turn up from time to time inMichigan — usually buried underground.The museum already has a number of mastodon bones and the new additionswill be available for loan to educators foruse as a learning tool in schools.“This is kind of an oddball way forsomething to come in,” said Tim Priest,collections manager.For the charity, the discovery is one of many odd donations to come in. Drugsare a common find, Starkey said. It oncegot a painting worth about $5,000 thatended up being donated to the museum.And it also has received an urn withsomeone’s ashes inside.
New York police:70-foot-longmobile home stolen from lot
HAMPTON, N.Y. — Police in a ruralupstate New York town are looking for a70-foot-long mobile home that wasstolen from a diner’s parking lot.The Washington County sheriff’soffice tells The Post-Star of Glens Fallsthat the mobile home had been placed ona trailer that was parked at a diner in thetown of Hampton awaiting delivery toneighboring Vermont.Investigators say the owner had tohave emergency surgery and when hecame back to Hampton a few weeks later,the trailer with the $50,000, partiallyfurnished mobile home was gone.Police say someone apparentlyhitched a truck to the trailer and towed itaway late on the afternoon of Sept. 23,when a witness reported seeing it headedtoward Vermont.
Not guilty plea enteredfor Odom in DUI case
LOS ANGELES — NBAplayer LamarOdom has pleaded not guilty to a misde-meanor count of driving under the influ-ence in connection with his arrest inAugust.Odom didn’t appear in court for thearraignment Wednesday and his attorneyentered the plea on his behalf. Apretrialhearing was set for Nov. 8.The DUI charge against the 33-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers andClippers player includes an allegationthat Odom refused to take a chemicaltest. According to California law, amotorist forfeits their license for a yearif they refuse a breath or blood test.He was arrested Aug. 30 after hisMercedes-Benz SUVwas spotted weav-ing on a freeway in the Studio City sec-tion of Los Angeles.
FOR THE RECORD2
Thursday
Oct.10,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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NFL quarterback Brett Favre is 44.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1962
“I have a strong moral sense — by my standards.” 
— Rex Stout,American writer (1886-1975)
Rock singer DavidLee Roth is 59.Race driver DaleEarnhardt Jr.is 39.
Birthdays
REUTERS
People look at a light installation at the Berlin Cathedral during the opening day of the ‘Festival of Light’show in Berlin,Germany.
Thursday
: Partly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Highs in the mid70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph...Becomingnorthwest in the afternoon.
Thursday night:
Clear. Lows in thelower 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday:
Partly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Highs in the mid70s. Light winds...Becoming west around 5 mph in theafternoon.
Friday night
: Clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Southwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday:
Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.
Saturday night through Wednesday
: Mostly clear.Lows in the lower 50s. Highs in the upper 70s.
Local Weather ForecastIn other news ...
(Answers tomorrow)GRIME BENCH AMAZED EXPENDYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:After Scotty successfuly transported everyoneout of danger, he was — BEAMINGNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
byDavid L.Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
KABDERHITDSWOLLYCUXSEE
©2013 Tribune Content Agency, LLCAll Rights Reserved.
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President John F. Kennedy, respond-ing to the thalidomide birth defectscrisis, signed an amendment to theFederal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Actrequiring pharmaceutical companiesto prove that their products were safeand effective prior to marketing.
In 1845
, the U.S. Naval Academy was established inAnnapolis, Md.
In 1911
, Chinese revolutionaries launched an uprisingwhich led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the estab-lishment of the Republic of China. California votersapproved Proposition 4, giving women the right to vote,and Proposition 7, which established the initiative processfor proposing and enacting new laws.
In 1913
, the Panama Canal was effectively completed asPresident Woodrow Wilson sent a signal from the WhiteHouse by telegraph, setting off explosives that destroyed asection of the Gamboa dike.
In 1935
, the George Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess,”featuring an all-black cast, opened on Broadway; it ran for124 performances.
In 1938
, Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
In 1943
, Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as presi-dent of China.
In 1957
, President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized tothe finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, afterthe official was refused seating in a Howard Johnson’srestaurant near Dover, Del.
In 1967
, the Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere inspace, entered into force.
In 1970
, Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte was kid-napped by the Quebec Liberation Front, a militant separatistgroup. (Laporte’s body was found a week later.) Fiji becameindependent after nearly a century of British rule.Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 83. Actor PeterCoyote is 72. Entertainer Ben Vereen is 67. Singer John Prineis 67. Actor Charles Dance is 67. Rock singer-musician CyrilNeville (The Neville Brothers) is 65. Actress Jessica Harper is64. Author Nora Roberts (aka “J.D. Robb”) is 63. Singer-musician Midge Ure is 60. Actor J. Eddie Peck is 55. Countrysinger Tanya Tucker is 55. Actress Julia Sweeney is 54. ActorBradley Whitford is 54. Musician Martin Kemp is 52. Rockmusician Jim Glennie (James) is 50. Actress Rebecca Pidgeonis 48. Rock musician Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls) is 46.Actress Joelle Carter is 44.
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Hot Shot,No.3,in first place;Solida Gold,No.10,in secondplace;and Winning Spirit,No.9,in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:42.44.
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Thursday
Oct.10,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
SAN BRUNO
Stolen vehicle
. Avehicle was missingfrom a driveway on the 1500 block of Crestwood Drive before 4:33 p.m. Tuesday,Oct. 8.
Burglary
. Acar battery was stolen on the700 block of Mills Avenue before 10:18p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.
Burglary
. Adoor was pried open and DVDswere stolen from a house on 700 GlenviewDrive before 7:46 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.
Burglary
. Avehicle’s window wassmashed on the 1100 block of HuntingtonAvenue before 7:08 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.
Petty theft
. CDs and reading glasses weretaken on the 900 block of Masson Avenuebefore 6:22 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.
Stolen vehicle
. A2012 white NissanVersa was stolen on the 1200 block of Montgomery Avenue before 11:29 a.m.Monday, Oct. 7.
Burglary
. Aflashlight and paperwork weretaken on the 900 block of Masson Avenuebefore 10:46 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7.
Stolen vehicle.
A1989 gray HondaAccord was stolen at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Pine Street before 7:59a.m. Monday, Oct. 7.
HALF MOON BAY 
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for possessingdrug paraphernalia and narcotics onHighway 1 and Grand before 1 a.m.Monday, Oct. 7.
Public Intoxication.
Two men werearrested for loitering and being too intoxi-cated to care for themselves on the 300block of Capistrano Road before 2:01 a.m.on Monday, Oct 7.
Petty theft
. An unsecured bicycle wasstolen from a home on the 400 block of Balboa and El Granada Ave before 7:58 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 26.
Arrest
. Three men were arrested for tres-passing in a vacant residence on the 400block of Casa Del Mar before 10:01 p.m.Wednesday, Sept 25.
Police reports
He stole her heart
Awoman reported a man who was sit-ting next to her in her car stole her wed-ding ring from the front seat at theintersection of Main and Marshallstreets in Redwood City before 2:57p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
The Belmont Sports Complex willretain a dirt pitching mound in the warmermonths while the remaining field is amodern synthetic turf, the City Councildecided in a split vote.With Councilman Dave Warden dissent-ing, the council voted 4-1 to back thefield conversion plan recommended by thePlanning Commission and city staff. Theplan will require a portable pitchingmound during the fall baseball season andcity staff argued it reduced operations andmaintenance costs while being flexiblefor all youth sports.Belmont began considering syntheticturf at the complex, located on the eastside of Highway 101, in 2009. The movefrom natural yet harder to maintain grassis pushed, as in many Peninsula cities, bythe desire for more playing hours andfewer maintenance costs. On Tuesday, theCity Council chose the winning designfrom a short list of three.Although city staff backed the winningplan, soccer advocates lined up for thelarger North Field design and baseballfans promoted the other.The council spent two hours on theaction item and 15 people spoke beforethe vote, according to City Clerk TerriCook.
Council passes artificial turf option for sports complex
 
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