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10/21/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Monday
Oct.21,2013
Vol XIV,Edition 55
HIGH-SPEED RAIL
STATE PAGE 6
 
HEALTH CAREFRUSTRATION
NATIONPAGE 7
NINERS CRACKTITANS 31-17
SPORTS PAGE 11
LOCALS ANGERED BYCONSTRUCTION
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Members of a community asso-ciation allege the South SanFrancisco Unified School Districtis misusing facilities bond fundsfor a solar project by directing theenergy savings back into theclassroom while district officialscontend is absolutely nothingwrong with the policy.At issue is Measure J, a $162million bond passed in 2010, anda $15.6 million Chevron EnergySolutions Solar Power Project.The district is planning to use sav-ings from the panels, estimated tobe about $20 million over 20years, will be used to supplementthe general fund, pay teachers’andadministrators’salaries and offsetoperating costs.That’s wrong, according tomembers of the Winston ManorCommunity Association and itsmembers want that money usedsolely for facilities.“The schools here are gettingreally old and it’s prohibited todivert bond funds into generalfunds,” said Marty Romero, mem-ber of the Winston ManorCommunity Association and thedistrict’s Citizens Bond OversightCommittee. “We all want teachersto get better salaries, but the waythey’re going about doing it ismisleading to the public.”The association seeks alterna-tive financing options such asselling the panels to a financialinstitution. The district would netaround $25 million in additional
Solar panel plan creates rift
South City neighbor group claims school bond money used inappropriately,officials say otherwise
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The six-alarm fire that torethrough a Woodside Road apart-ment building Thursday has someRedwood City Council candidatesthinking about ways to encourageowners of older buildings withoutsprinklers to retrofit the structuresand reconsider the browning out of a downtown fire engine.Candidate Corrin Rankin in par-ticular made the downtown fireengine a key plank of her cam-paign and she reiterated her advo-cacy of a fully-staffed station andengine after the fire broke out atthe Terrace Apartments.“Our resources were maxed outthat day. We were really taxed andwhat if there had been somethingsomewhere else? That kind of makes me uneasy,” Rankin said.While she clarifies that having adowntown engine wouldn’t neces-sarily have made an impact on theWoodside fire, she said it illus-trates the type of quick responseshe’d hope if a similar incidenthappened in that area.James Lee Han said the issue
Six-alarmfire stirssprinkler concerns
Council candidates deliberatingsafety measures in Redwood City
By Lisa Leff and Tracie Cone
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OAKLAND — The commutertrain that struck and killed two SanFrancisco Bay Area transit workersdidn’t have a front-facing videorecorder, but interviews, inspec-tions, audio recordings and camerafootage from the train’s cab shouldprovide enough evidence to deter-mine a cause, a federal investiga-tor said Sunday.Jim Southworth, the NationalTransportation Safety Board’s rail-road accident investigator-in-charge, confirmed that Saturday’saccident involved a Bay AreaRapid Transit train that wasn’t car-rying any passengers because of the labor strike that has shut downthe system since Friday.But whether the work stoppageby members of the system’s twolargest unions or the way BARTmanagement deployed non-strik-ing workers during the shutdownplayed a role in the fatalities willnot be known for weeks ormonths, Southworth said.“My concern coming out here,as it is for every investigation, isto find out what happened, to gath-er the facts,” he said. “Whether the
Feds start probe of BART workerdeaths
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By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
I
n the 1940s, the only jobs in Fairfax, Va.were either at the local gas station or hard-ware store, said San Mateo resident GeraldLittle.Little worked at the gas station and also cutlawns for some of his neighbors, including a pilotwho worked for Capital Airlines based out of Washington, D.C.One day the pilot went for a fill-up and askedLittle what he wanted to do with his life.“What are your plans? You can’t go nowherehere,” the pilot said.
Ocean to Ocean
United worker has 64 years with air carrier
BILL SILVERFARB/DAILY JOURNAL
San Mateo resident Gerald Little has worked at United Airlines for 64 years.He started with the company whenit merged with Capital Airlines in 1961,when the Mainliner Stratocruiser was still in operation.
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Mayor asks residents:Please don’t vote for me
PORTMATILDA, Pa.— Asmall-townmayor in central Pennsylvania has anunusual campaign message: Don’t votefor me.Bob Wiser is running unopposed fora second term as mayor of Port Matilda,a community near Penn StateUniversity.But the 70-year-old resident recentlydecided he’d rather leave the post. Yethe missed the August deadline for tak-ing his name off the ballot.Wiser tells the Centre Daily Timesthat he’s asking voters to write in aqualified alternative candidate.Wiser says he’s enjoyed his time inoffice. But he says he’s lost interest andis tired of butting heads with the bor-ough council.If Wiser is re-elected Nov. 5, he couldretire before his new term starts.Should that happen, election officialssay the council will appoint an interimmayor.
100-mule processionheaded to Los Angeles
LONE PINE — Aprocession of 100mules has left the eastern Sierra on atrek south to commemorate the 100thbirthday of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.Over the coming weeks, the LosAngeles Times reports the 240-mile journey will traverse both vast sageplains and dozens of cities before arriv-ing in Los Angeles.The effort, billed as a mobile art proj-ect, is the brainchild of artist LaurenBon, granddaughter of the late publish-ing magnate and philanthropist WalterAnnenberg.Los Angeles has been vilified by itsnorthern neighbors after land and waterrights were snatched up in the OwensValley to quench the thirst of the grow-ing metropolis. As a result, OwensLake dried up and natural springs thatfed farmland and fish hatcheries weredrained.
US gas prices drop2 cents over past 2 weeks
CAMARILLO — The average U.S.price of a gallon of gasoline hasdropped 2 cents over the past twoweeks.The Lundberg Survey of fuel pricesreleased Sunday says the price of a gal-lon of regular is $3.36. Midgrade costsan average of $3.56 a gallon, and pre-mium is $3.71.Diesel was down a penny at $3.91gallon.Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48states, Albuquerque, N.M., has thenation’s lowest average price for gas at$3.03. San Francisco has the highest at$3.81.In California, the lowest averageprice was $3.64 in Sacramento. Theaverage statewide for a gallon of regularwas $3.74, a drop of 9 cents.
Bookish baby boy bornin L.A.-area Barnes & Noble
TORRANCE — Awoman walked intoa Los Angeles-area Barnes & Noblelooking for books and came out with ababy instead.Firefighters delivered the newbornFriday evening in the bookstore'slobby at Del Amo Fashion Center,Torrance Fire Department Capt. SteveDeuel said.The firefighters had responded to acall of a woman in labor and were decid-ing whether to put her in an ambulanceor keep her in the store when they real-ized the infant was coming.“The baby made that decision forthem,” Deuel said. “They went aheadand delivered a healthy baby boy.”Store manager Marchelle Hughes saidthe woman gave birth just five or 10minutes after walking through the dooraround 7:30 p.m.About 20 people gathered to watch,and employees asked some not to takepictures or video. Paramedics put up acloth to help with privacy.“That is a really awkward event to doin public,” Hughes said. “At the sametime it’s a really tender moment, and Ithink everybody wanted to share that.”After cleaning up, staff finished theirshift with “a positive vibe in the store,”she said.The mother and child, whose nameswere not released, were taken to a hospi-tal and both were doing well, Deuelsaid.
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Monday
Oct.21,2013
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Actor KenWatanabe is 54.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1897
Thomas Edison perfected a work-able electric light at his laboratory inMenlo Park, N.J.
“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson,American essayist,poet andphilosopher (1803-1882).
Actress-authorCarrie Fisher is 57Kim Kardashian is33
Birthdays
REUTERS
 Two divers sculpt jack-o-lanterns during an underwater pumpkin carving contest in the Florida Keys National MarineSanctuary off Key Largo,Fla.
Monday
: Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming sunny. Patchy fog in the morn-ing. Highs in the lower 60s. Northwestwinds around 5 mph.
Monday night
: Mostly clear in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in theupper 40s. West winds around 5 mph in theevening...Becoming light.
Tuesday
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s.Light winds.
Tuesday night
: Mostly clear. Lows around 50.
Wednesday through Thursday
: Mostly clear. Highs inthe mid 60s. Lows around 50.
Thursday night and Friday
: Partly cloudy. Lows around50. Highs in the mid 60s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1797
, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also knownas “Old Ironsides,” was christened in Boston’s harbor.
In 1805
, a British fleet commanded by Adm. HoratioNelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.
In 1917
, members of the 1st Division of the U.S. Armytraining in Luneville, France, became the first Americans tosee action on the front lines of World War I.
In 1944
, during World War II, U.S. troops captured theGerman city of Aachen.
In 1959
, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designedby Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York.
In 1960
, Democrat John F. Kennedy and RepublicanRichard M. Nixon clashed in their fourth and final presiden-tial debate in New York.
In 1962
, the Seattle World’s Fair closed after six monthsand nearly 10 million visitors. (President John F. Kennedy,scheduled to attend the closing ceremony, canceled becauseof what was described as a “head cold”; the actual reasonturned out to be the Cuban Missile Crisis.)
In 1967
, the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat was sunk byEgyptian missile boats near Port Said; 47 Israeli crew mem-bers were lost.
In 1969
, beat poet and author Jack Kerouac died in St.Petersburg, Fla., at age 47.
In 1971
, President Richard Nixon nominated Lewis F.Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.(Both nominees were confirmed.)
In 1986
, pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon abductedAmerican Edward Tracy (he was released in August 1991).
In 1991
, American hostage Jesse Turner was freed by hiskidnappers in Lebanon after nearly five years in captivity.Actress Joyce Randolph is 89. Author Ursula K. Le Guin is84. Rock singer Manfred Mann is 73. Musician Steve Cropper(Booker T. & the MG’s) is 72. Singer Elvin Bishop is 71. TV’sJudge Judy Sheindlin is 71. Actor Everett McGill is 68.Musician Lee Loughnane (Chicago) is 67. Israeli PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu is 64. Musician CharlotteCaffey (The Go-Go’s) is 60. Movie director CatherineHardwicke is 58. Singer Julian Cope is 56. Rock musicianSteve Lukather (Toto) is 56. Actress Melora Walters is 53.Rock musician Che Colovita Lemon is 43. Rock singer-musi-cian Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator) is 42. Christian rockmusician Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay) is 40.
In other news ...
(Answers tomorrow)YOKELDRIFTIGUANAWETTERSaturday’sJumbles:Answer:You can win at golf without cheating, if youwin the —FAIRWAYNow 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.
LEEPXDYIGDSARPYTTROHEB
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Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Money Bags,No.11,in first place,Lucky Star,No.2,in secondplace;and Winning Spirit,No.9,in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:42.32.
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A
s we all know in 1492 ChristopherColumbus had crossed the AtlanticOcean and this act led to the con-quering and plundering of a civilization thathad riches of gold that Spain wanted. WhenVasco Nunez de Balboa first gazed upon thePacific Ocean 1513, a complete new worldof exploration was about to open up. TheSpanish had the Aztec empire and its sur-roundings under control but it felt it neededricher fields in which to conquer. In 1532,Francisco Pizarro conquered Peru and foundwealth in gold and gems as rich as Mexicohad, including silver mines that could beused to acquire the wealth found in Asia.In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan sailed downthe east coast of South America, passedthrough the wild and treacherous Straits of Magellan (later Cape Horn south of theStrait of Magellan became the preferredroute to travel) and entered the PacificOcean. He turned north and caught the tradewinds that took him across the Pacific to thePhilippines. This remarkable feat, however,resulted in his death at the hands of thenatives. The voyage continued and eventu-ally it ended in England — the first naviga-tion around the globe. Now a way had beenfound to get to the riches of the Orient.What was needed was a way to get back toMexico and Spain without travelingthrough the enemies and hostile nativeswho claimed trading rights on the manycountries on the route west from thePhilippines. Forty-four years later, in1565, Andres de Urdaneta found a wind sys-tem that would carry ships easterly and backto the Americas. During those years, Spainhad been setting up a trading system thatwould carry the spices, gold, and porcelainthat was abundant in China and thePhilippines back to Spain. The wealth wasfabulous if they could only get it back toSpain and Urdaneta had paved the way forthe Spanish galleons to transport thiswealth. Acaptain of a galleon could makeenough commission on one of these trips toretire for life.The biggest problem with sailing shipswas the need for wind to fill their sails.Unfortunately, the coast of California wasfound to have adverse winds that blew southfrom Alaska, making it difficult for sailingships to navigate safely along the coast.The usual procedure was for a ship to travelto the west for many miles, then turn aroundand sail to the east, hoping to make someheadway north. This would be repeatedmany times unless the captain achievedfavorable winds along the coast thatenabled him to keep closer to the shore.
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LOCAL
FOSTERCITY 
Bike theft.
Amen’s bike was stolen onBounty Drive before 5:35 p.m. onWednesday, Oct. 16.
Welfare check.
Officers drove an ederlywoman home who was hitchhiking at EastHillsdale and Shell boulevards before 2:29p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Grand theft
. Acompany laptop was takenfrom an unlocked vehicle on WinchesterCourt before 2:34 p.m. on Monday, Oct 14.
Citizen assist
. Awoman was shaken whena note commenting on her driving ability wasleft on her car at Tarpon Street before 3:22p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14.
REDWOODCITY 
Battery
. Aman walked up to another man,asked him if he “banged” and proceeded to hithim with closed fists on Cypress andPilarcitos Avenue before 3:17 p.m. on Oct.16.
Burglary
. Acomputer, files and cash werestolen from a vehicle on Perry Street andBroadway before 10:18 p.m. on Wednesday,Oct. 16.
Suspicious person
. Aman was foundsleeping on a stairwell in the back of a build-ing on Kentfield Avenue before 8:55 p.m. onWednesday, Oct. 16.
Animal bite
. Apitbull attacked a man walk-ing by and was advised by the owner to getaway immediately before 7:14 p.m. onWednesday, Oct. 16.
Police reports
Play of the day
The winners of a Bingo game were dis-turbing the peace on Madison Avenue inRedwood City before 6:07 p.m. onWednesday, Oct. 16.
 
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM
A Spanish galleon carrying plundered wealth back to Spain.
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