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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Wednesday
Nov.13,2013
Vol XII,Edition 75
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Council toFlightCar:Shut down
Ortiz down from Cohen bythree votes in close race
Final count for Burlingame City Council today
Council’s decision resulted fromcode violations and other issues
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Election Day results which showed Ricardo Ortiz with 10more votes than Russ Cohen for the third and final slot onthe Burlingame City Council have been updated and now
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
FlightCar, an airport startup that allows people to rent outtheir personal cars, has to shut down operations in the cityof Millbrae over a number of code violations.Basic code violations the city noted included inadequateresponse to issues such as lack of background checks of itsrenters, unwarranted electrical generators, poor mainte-nance of shrubs, fire code violations among other concerns.Emily Charley of the city attorney’s office said it is only just now that FlightCar has limped into compliance.“There’s no indication why FlightCar started buildingbefore they received their first building permit,” she said.“They (FlightCar) said revocation was akin to anti-busi-ness. We approached them with an open mind, but Millbraedoes not welcome businesses that don’t abide by the rules.”At its meeting last night, the City Council abided by thePlanning Commission’s vote last week to recommend the
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The proposed San Carlos Transit Villageproject once again appeared poised toescape a City Council decision on approvalbut not because a majority preferred waitinguntil after the post-election reorganization.After twice extended the meeting, theCity Council had not as of 11:30 p.m. dis-cussed when it might take a vote. Prior tothe meeting, two members had indicated adesire to wait until after the council reor-ganizes in December with new memberCameron Johnson. However, the public hearing was devotedmainly to staff and developer presentationsfollowed by lengthy public comment ratherthan discussion of timing. The council alsoapproved 3-2 a request to waive the city’sbelow market rate requirements to allowdeveloper Legacy to build only 10 percentof affordable units. At the suggestion of Councilman Ron Collins, the councilrequired the percentage be evenly splitbetween moderate and low affordability.The project was last proposed as 280 res-idential units spread over eight buildingswith four stories, however, some of the topfloors have already been reduced by devel-oper Legacy Partners in response to com-munity outcry. There is also 36,319 squarefeet of commercial space, a transit centerand 226 commuter parking spaces.The council also has two alternativeswhich make changes such adding trees andcutting stories off some buildings. In thesecond alternative, the units will drop to nomore than 265. The option, known asAlternative B, proposes removing thefourth floor from buildings one, two, threeand six and removing the third floor frombuilding eight. This plan will reduce theproject’s visibility to the neighborhoodseast and south of Holly Street and along ElCamino Real. The commercial squarefootage is also reduced. If the council opts for either of the alter-natives rather than the 280-unit model, Jeff Byrd of Legacy said the company will be
Transit Village raises more council questions
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The first order of business in thisnight’s Probation Department sweepis getting the equipment in gear anddouble-checking contact information.The bulletproof vests. The jackets.The flashlights. The stickers for anychildren in the home. The lists of domestic violence offenders slated forthe night’s unscheduled visit by lawenforcement to ensure they aren’t vio-lating the prohibition on firearms thatcame along with their conviction.Rhonda Collins, the probation serv-ices manager heading up the opera-tion, updates the status of someoffenders handpicked by team mem-bers for checks. One is in rehab soscratch him off. Another was takeninto custody the night before. Scratchhim off the list, too. Afew are high-lighted because they have gang ties orregistered weaponsOnce everything is current, thegroup breaks into their respective fourteams for the operations, with twoheading south and one each to centraland north San Mateo County. Thesweep will cover Daly City to EastPalo Alto and many hands are on deck.Thirty-two probation staff membersare joined by nine other officers fromthe police departments of East PaloAlto, Redwood City, San Mateo, SouthSan Francisco and Daly City and theSheriff’s Office Firearms ComplianceUnit.The participants aren’t ever certainwhat they will encounter. But whatthey do know is that the most impor-tant tools they pack aren’t those withbullets; it is their brain, their ears andtheir eyes.The sweep, a secret operation duringthe month of October to coincide withDomestic Violence Awareness Month,targeted nearly four dozen residentsconvicted of that specific crime and, as
Domestic duty
San Mateo County probation sweep targets abusers
 MICHELLE DURAND/DAILY JOURNAL
Probation Officer John Aguilar,Senior Deputy Probation Officer John Domeniconi,Probation Officer Carrie Cross and Regina Wilson-Henry,deputy chief of adultprobation,leave a home after checking on domestic violence offender during acountywide enforcement sweep targeting firearms.
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FOR THE RECORD2
Wednesday
Nov.13,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 words or less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing.To submit obituaries,emailinformation along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style,clarity,length and grammar.If you would like to have an obituary printedmore than once,longer than 250 words or without editing,please submit an inquiry to our advertising department at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Actor Steve Zahnis 46.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1982
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial,designed by Maya Lin, was dedicatedon the National Mall in Washington,D.C.
“As you live,believe in life.Always human beings will live and profess to greater,broader and fuller life.The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because thegreat end comes slowly,because time is long.” 
— W.E.B.Du Bois,American author and reformer (1868-1963)
Comedian JimmyKimmel is 46.Actor Gerard Butler is 44.
Birthdays
REUTERS
Students from the Brazilian Santa Claus school throw their hats into the air,during their graduation ceremony in Rio deJaneiro.The school holds four day lessons in Santa-training,teaching Christmas carols,how to interact with children andalso how to wear the heavy red suit in Rio’s typical 104-degree summer weather that is common around the holidays.
Wednesday
: Sunny. Highs in the lower60s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Wednesday night:
Partly cloudy. Lowsin the upper 40s. Northwest winds 5 to10 mph.
Thursday
: Partly cloudy. Highs around60. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s.Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Friday
: Sunny. Highs around 60.Friday night and saturday...Partly cloudy. Lows in theupper 40s. Highs in the upper 50s.
Saturday night through Tuesday
: Mostly clear. Lowsin the mid 40s. Highs around 60.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1312,
England’s King Edward III was born at WindsorCastle.
In 1789,
Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend,Jean-Baptiste Leroy: “In this world nothing can be said tobe certain, except death and taxes.”
In 1849, 
voters in California ratified the state’s originalconstitution.
In 1909, 
259 men and boys were killed when fire eruptedinside a coal mine in Cherry, Ill.
In 1927
, the Holland Tunnel opened to the public, provid-ing access between lower Manhattan and New Jerseybeneath the Hudson River.
In 1937, 
the NBC Symphony Orchestra, formed exclusive-ly for radio broadcasting, made its debut.
In 1942
, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measurelowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.
In 1956
, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws callingfor racial segregation on public city and state buses.
In 1969
, speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice PresidentSpiro T. Agnew accused network television news depart-ments of bias and distortion, and urged viewers to lodgecomplaints.
In 1971
, the U.S. space probe Mariner 9 went into orbitaround Mars.
In 1974, 
Karen Silkwood, a technician and union activistat the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent,Okla., died in a car crash while on her way to meet a reporter.
In 1985
, some 23,000 residents of Armero, Colombia,died when a volcanic mudslide buried the city. The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than thePacific Ocean. *** The average housefly lives for onemonth.***In the last decade, Chardonnay hasbecome the worlds most often pur-chased dry white wine. Chardonnaygrapes grow in nearly every wine-pro-ducing region of the world.***The word THEREIN contains thirteenwords spelled using consecutive let-ters. Can you identify them? Seeanswer at end.***Pearls are formed inside oysters. Theformation of a natural pearl beginswhen a foreign substance slips intothe oyster shell. The irritant is cov-ered with layers of nacre, which is thesubstance that is used to create theshell. This is what forms a pearl.***There is a simple test you can do to seeif a pearl is real or fake. Rub the pearlgently against your teeth. Anaturalpearl will feel slightly rough, like finesandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre. An imitation pearl willfeel smooth.***The first occupants of Redwood Citywere Native Americans from theOhlone tribe. The Ohlone diet wasshellfish from the bay. There were sev-eral shell mounds in Redwood City. Asection of Main Street between MapleStreet and Woodside Road was origi-nally called “Mound Street” because of a large shell mound there.***The gasoline giant, Shell Company of California, was originally called theAmerican Gasoline Company. HenriDeterding, creator of the Royal Dutch-Shell Group in Holland and GreatBritain, started the business inCalifornia in 1912.***Completed in 1915, Shell’s refinery inMartinez, was the country’s first mod-ern, continuous-process refinery. Itserved as a model for other U.S.refineries.***There is a pearl valued at $40 milliondollars. The 14-pound pearl was foundin a 160-pound giant clam, off thecoast of the Philippines in 1934.***Chinese myth says that pearls werethought to be the tears of the gods.The Greeks believed that wearingpearls would promote marital bliss andprevent newlywed women from cry-ing.***On Dec. 7, 1941, five battleships weresunk at Pearl Harbor. The battleshipswere the USS Utah, USS Oklahoma,USS West Virginia, USS California andthe USS Arizona, which is still underwater.***The highest ocean temperature onrecord is 759 degrees Fahrenheit. Thetemperature was measured by a U.S.research submarine 300 miles off theWest Coast of the United States in1985. The high temperature was theresult of a hydrothermal vent.***
 Answe
: The thirteen words that arespelled consecutively within the word “therein” are: the, he, her, er, here, I,there, ere, rein, re, in, therein and here-in.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments?Email knowitall(at)smdailyjournal.comor
 
(Answers tomorrow)STOMPCHILD DENOTE TALLERYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The dogs at home were — DOMESTICATEDNow arrange the circled letters to 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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Actress Madeleine Sherwood is 91. Journalist-author PeterArnett is 79. Producer-director Garry Marshall is 79. ActorJimmy Hawkins is 72. Country singer-songwriter Ray WylieHubbard is 67. Actor Joe Mantegna is 66. Actress SheilaFrazier is 65. Actress Frances Conroy is 60. Musician AndrewRanken (The Pogues) is 60. Actress Tracy Scoggins is 60.Actor Chris Noth (nohth) is 59. Actress-comedian WhoopiGoldberg is 58. Actor Rex Linn is 57. Actress CarolineGoodall is 54. Actor Neil Flynn is 53. Former NFLquarterbackVinny Testaverde is 50. Rock musician Walter Kibby(Fishbone) is 49. Writer-activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is 44.
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are GorgeousGeorge,No.8,in first place;California Classic,Noo.5,insecond place;and Whirl Win,No.6,in thirdplace.The race time was clocked at 1:41.62.
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Wednesday
Nov.13,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
FOSTER CITY
Stolen vehicle.
ALexus was reportedstolen at the intersection of Warren andBradford streets before 3:29 p.m. Monday,Nov. 4.
Vandalism.
Aperson kicked and damagedthe door of vacant apartment on BlenheimAvenue before 3:19 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.
Burglary
. Jewelry was reported stolen onLeeward Lane before 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.
Battery
. Reporting person said her brotherchoked her and threw her out of a vehicle onOak Street before 11:09 a.m. Monday, Nov.4.
Vandalism
. Reporting person said some-one spit at him and later kicked his car at theintersection of Warren Street and BrewsterAvenue before 10:03 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4.
SAN CARLOS
Driving on a suspended license
. Aper-son was cited for driving on a suspendedlicense at the 900 block of Holly Streetbefore 10:14 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Burglary
. Acar was stolen at the 1200block of Cherry Street before 7:15 p.m. onMonday, Nov. 4.
Burglary
. Acar was stolen at the 900 blockof Laurel Street before 7:56 p.m. onMonday, Nov. 4.
Vandalism
. Areport of vandalism occurredon the 2000 block of Birch Avenue before7:36 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
Police reports
Looking for love
Someone’s debit card was used to opentwo accounts on match.com on the 500block of Acacia Avenue in San Brunobefore 6:27 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The domestic violence and assault convic-tions against former San Francisco 49erKwame Harris should be dismissed becausethe statute of limitations has run out on themisdemeanor charges for the 2012 incident,according to his defense.Kwame Harris, 31, was scheduled for sen-tencing Tuesday but instead attorneysargued whether the convictions can legallystand. After hearing both sides, JudgeJoseph Scott said he need more time to studythe issue and set the next appearance forDec. 20 for either dismissal or sentencing.Harris faces up to roughly a year in jailplus associated fees and counseling forabusing his ex-boyfriend during a disputeover table manners and underwear at aMenlo Park Chinese food restaurant. Theformer flame, who wasleft with broken facialbones, refused to testifyand also dropped a civillawsuit against Harris. Prosecutors had origi-nally charged Harris withfelonies but added themisdemeanor alternatives just before the jury retiredto deliberate. After lessthan full day, jurors Nov. 4 acquitted Harrisof the felonies and convicted on misde-meanor counts of domestic violence, assaultand battery. The statute of limitations for a misde-meanor is a year which is the basis of thedefense argument but Chief Deputy DistrictAttorney said the jury has the ability to con-vict on the lesser included charges. Harrisdefense never disputed he threwpunches but claimed it was self-defense afterthe victim swung first. At the time of the Aug. 12, 2012, inci-dent, the men were no longer dating butmaintained a friendship and Geier stayedwith him while traveling here for business.That night, prior to Harris taking Geier toSan Jose International Airport, the mendined at a two-person table at Su Hong ToGo. Geier poured soy sauce into a containerwhich angered Harris who questioned hislack of table manners. Outside the restau-rant, Harris accused Geier of wearing hisunderwear and reportedly tugged severaltimes at his pants. Geier threw two punchesand Harris hit back. Harris is free on $75,000 bail.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102
Former 49er wants DV convictions dismissed
Kwame Harris
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The wheelchair-bound former Mid-Peninsula Water District worker accused of stealing more than $200,000 to fund a gam-bling addiction pleaded not guilty yesterdayto embezzlement in her first court appear-ance on the alleged crimes prosecutors saywent unnoticed for three years until she lefton medical leave.Catherine Marie Abou-Remeleh, 53, ischarged with theft of government funds over$200,000, identity theft and an allegationof committing aggravated white collarcrime. After entering her plea, she waivedher right to a speedy prosecution and a pre-liminary hearing was set for Friday.Meanwhile, she remains free from custodyon her own recognizance and is reportedlyin assisted living because of the 2011stroke that sparked discovery of the allegedembezzlement.Abou-Remeleh, of Hayward, was theadministrative services manager of the Mid-Peninsula Water District which primarilyserves Belmont and reportedly worked therefor about a decade. Just before Christmas of 2011, she took a leave of absence after suf-fering a stroke and another employee dis-covered some “financial irregularities” thatprompted its own audit in late 2011.Those irregularities reportedly includedwriting 187 checks to herself from the dis-trict’s Wells Fargo account betweenNovember 2008 and November 2011. The$247,881 in purloined funds was allegedlyused to pay gambling debts.An anonymous source previously told theDaily Journal her interim replacementallegedly found a stack of checks hiddenaway in a filing cabinet that were all madeout to Abou-Remeleh.She also allegedly used the company cred-it card which led to the identity theft charge.The district launched its own audit andturned over the findings to prosecutors whoconducted its own forensic evaluationbefore filing charges in October. Abou-Remeleh returns to court Jan. 22 fora Superior Court review conference prior toher preliminary hearing.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102
Former water district worker pleads notguilty to embezzlement
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SANTACLARA— San Francisco 49erslinebacker Aldon Smith has pleaded notguilty to three felony counts of illegal pos-session of an assault weapon, stemmingfrom a party at his home last year.Deputy District Attorney Brian Buckelewsays the 24-year-old San Jose residentappeared in Santa Clara County SuperiorCourt on Tuesday with his lawyer and par-ents.The charges stem from a June 2012 party atSmith’s home. Investigators say severalshots were fired, two party-goers were injured andSmith was stabbed. In thesubsequent investigation,prosecutors say detectivesfound five unregisteredweapons in Smith’s house,including two Bushmasterrifles and an Armalite AR-10T. They say those areassault weapons illegal topossess under California law.Smith’s next court appearance is sched-uled for Jan. 15.
Smith pleads not guilty in weapons case
Aldon Smith

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