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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XII,Edition 77
State seeksinsurancestatus quo
California asking healthinsurers to extend policies
By Juliet Williams
SACRAMENTO — California’sinsurance commissioner on Thursdaycalled on health insurance companiesand the state insurance exchange toextend a deadline on individual poli-cies through 2014 after PresidentBarack Obama announced changes tohis Affordable Care Act.Commissioner Dave Jones said heasked Covered California, the state health insuranceexchange, to release insurers from contracts in which theyagreed to terminate policies as of Dec. 31.“It was mistake to require that those policies be can-
Peninsula Humane Society offers$1,500 reward in dog cruelty case
Injured puppy abandoned on sidewalk 
By Michelle Durand
A10-week-old pit bull puppy badly mauled by other dogsand left for dead on an East Palo Alto street is prompting thePeninsula Humane Society to offer a $1,500 reward forinformation leading to the arrest and conviction of theresponsible party.“This larger than usual reward amount is meant to reflectour horror and outrage,” said Ken White, president of PHS
By Angela Swartz
Afacilities task force, aimed at exploringoptions such as boundary changes, openenrollment and opening new schools toaddress overcrowding and equity issues, isadvising the Sequoia Union High SchoolDistrict to consider adding two newschools, more classrooms and to seek abond measure to pay for the changes.The group, composed of Trustees AllenWeiner and Alan Sarver, teachers, adminis-trators, a plant manager and a parent, deliv-ered a midpoint report on its findings toSequoia Union High School District’sBoard of Trustees Wednesday. It has beenmainly focused on school building capaci-ty, Lianides said. The task force looked atclassroom to teacher ratio and foundschools to have a 1:1 ratio. Lianides said itis key to not let these ratios drop because itaffects education.“As we grow and are not able to expandfacilities in classrooms, we will see ratiosdrop because we will be needing to use everyclassroom, every period to accommodategrowth,” said Superintendent Jim Lianides.“We are going to be seeing far more move-ment of teachers and students during theday. Achoir room might be used to teachEnglish.”Ateacher spoke about the importance of having proper facilities in place. Goodteachers can teach under overcrowded situa-tions, but they will eventually burn out,said Edith Salvatore, president of theSequoia District Teachers Association.
Task force wants new highschools and bond
Sequoia Union High School District seeks to address growth issues
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In reversal,Obama to allow canceled health plans
Commercial crabseason now open,new rules in place
By Samantha Weigel
At precisely 12:01 a.m. hun-dreds of fisherman off the Half Moon Bay coast began to reel inthe first commercially caught crabof the season. It’s been a tiring fewdays for the fishermen who’vebeen hauling crab pots and gearonto their boats before setting outto drop their lines as early as 6a.m. Thursday.“The energy on the docks hasbeen electric the past few weeks,”said John Schulz, commercial fish-erman and captain of Krabmandu.The public might be able to startpurchasing crab as fresh as a fewhours old straight off the boats atPillar Point Harbor as early asSaturday. “Off the boat fish sales is a greatconnection between the fisherman,the ocean and the families that buythe crab,” said Pietro Parravano, aSan Mateo County harbor commis-sioner who advocates for coastalcommunities.Much work has gone into sus-taining coastal resources and sup-porting the local fishing commu-nities throughout the state in thelast few years. This is the first season a state-mandated crab pot limit is in effectsince Gov. Jerry Brown signedSenate Bill 369 in 2011. There arenow seven permitting tiers that afisherman qualifies for based on thepounds of fish they caught between2003 and 2008. The most pots aboat can throw out is 500.“It redistributes the wealth so a
Fishermen Chris Killen and Jonathan Han,behind,loaded pots onto the boat on Thursdayin preparation for the start of commercial crab season.
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Actor Ed Asner is84.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The naval Battle of Guadalcanal endedduring World War II with a decisiveU.S. victory over Japanese forces.
“News reports don’t change the world.Only facts change it,and those have already happened when we get the news.” 
— Friedrich Durrenmatt,Swiss playwright (1921-1990)
Judge JosephWapner is 94.Actor Yaphet Kottois 74.
An Afghan Shiite Muslim flagellates himself during an Ashura procession in Kabul.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.Gusts up to 35 mph in the afternoon.
Friday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Breezy. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwestwinds 20 to 30 mph.
Mostly cloudy in the morn-ing then becoming partly cloudy. Breezy. Highs in the mid50s. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph decreasing to around 15mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s.Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
: Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s.
Sunday night and Monday:
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Local Weather Forecast
In 1777,
the Second Continental Congress approved theArticles of Confederation.
In 1806, 
explorer Zebulon Pike sighted the mountaintopnow known as Pikes (cq) Peak in present-day Colorado.
In 1889
, Brazil was proclaimed a republic as its emperor,Dom Pedro II, was overthrown.
In 1935, 
the Commonwealth of the Philippines was estab-lished as its new president, Manuel L. Quezon, took office.
In 1937
, the House and Senate chambers of the U.S.Capitol were air-conditioned for the first time.
In 1939, 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the corner-stone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
In 1948, 
William Lyon Mackenzie King retired as primeminister of Canada after 21 years; he was succeeded by LouisSt. Laurent.
In 1958
, actor Tyrone Power, 44, died in Madrid, Spain,while filming “Solomon and Sheba.” (Power’s part wasrecast with Yul Brynner.)
In 1961, 
former Argentine President Juan Peron, living inexile in Spain, married his third wife, Isabel.
In 1966
, the flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully asastronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr.splashed down safely in the Atlantic.
In 1969
, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peacefuldemonstration in Washington against the Vietnam War.
In 1979, 
the British government publicly identified SirAnthony Blunt as the “fourth man” of a Soviet spy ring.
In 1982, 
funeral services were held in Moscow’s RedSquare for the late Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev.
In 1985, 
Britain and Ireland signed an accord givingDublin an official consultative role in governing NorthernIreland.
County sues ‘robber barons’
Lehman Brothers executives pur-posely deceived investors by publiclyclaiming the now-bankrupt compa-ny’s financial strength while private-ly scrambling to save it from col-lapse and awarding lucrative bonuses,according to a lawsuitfiled the week of Nov.15, 2008, by the SanMateo CountyInvestment Pool againstthe firm and the accountants it claimshelped perpetuate the fraud.The suit filed in San FranciscoSuperior Court was “the first casewhere Main Street strikes back at theexecutives of Wall Street” and wasthought to be the first aimed directlyat the firm and its players.The complaint demanded a jury trialfor fraud, negligent misrepresenta-tion, breach of fiduciary duty and vio-lations of California law and the fed-eral Securities Act.
Plans to restart Carlmont High School paper in place
The week of Nov. 15, 2008,school officials said the CarlmontHigh School newspaper could beginpublication again early the nextyear after having its journalism pro-gram suspended for what was deemed“inappropriatecontent.The suspension centered on a satiri-cal article about a writer’s own “sexi-ness” and the newspapers staff felt itwas being censored for its decision toprint it. CarlmontPrincipal Andrea Jenoff,however, said it was amatter of finding a long-term advisor to guide thestudents and their work.The situation also brought up theissue of free speech in high school,where students often are just learningthe basics of journalism and the FirstAmendment. Suspending a newspaperfor content is against California law,according to the Student Press LawCenter.
Police seize $350K worth of pot
Approximately $350,000 worth of marijuana plants was confiscated froma Millbrae home after illegal electri-cal wiring caused a fire to break outthere the week of Nov. 15, 2008.The fire began in a home at 1308Vista Grande shortly after 11 a.m. onTuesday of that week. Millbrae fire-fighters discovered pot plantsthroughout the home and calledpolice. After obtaining search war-rants, police removed 370 plantsfrom the large hillside home.
Mountain lion seen running across street
Amotorist driving in San Mateo ona Tuesday afternoon the week of Nov.15, 2008, spotted a mountain liondarting across a city streetand into a residential yard,a police spokesman said.The driver, who saw theroughly 75-pound mountain lionaround 1 p.m., said the animal ranthrough the intersection of 31stAvenue and Fairoaks Court then jumped into the yard of a home, SanMateo police Lt. Mike Brunicardisaid.Abroad daylight sighting of thecarnivorous cat in the area is unusual,Brunicardi said.“To have a sighting at this time of day, right before 1 p.m., is extremelyrare,” Brunicardi said. “The last sight-ings we had in San Mateo in the firstweek of October were at dawn or duskor in middle of the night, which iswhen they’re normally out andactive.”
From the archives highlights stories origi-nally printed five years ago this week. Itappears in the Friday edition of the DailyJournal.
(Answers tomorrow)MADLYFLUID PLURALOXYGENYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Amillionaire’s dog’s favorite place — THE LAPOF LUXURYNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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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Statesman Howard H. Baker Jr. is 88. Singer Petula Clark is81. Comedian Jack Burns is 80. Actress Joanna Barnes is 79.Actor Sam Waterston is 73. Classical conductor DanielBarenboim is 71. Pop singer Frida (ABBA) is 68. Actor BobGunton is 68. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is66. Actress Beverly D’Angelo is 62. Director-actor JamesWiddoes is 60. Rock singer-producer Mitch Easter is 59. Newscorrespondent John Roberts is 57. Comedian Judy Gold is 51.Actress Rachel True is 47. Rapper E-40 is 46. Country singerJack Ingram is 43. Actor Jay Harrington is 42. Actor JonnyLee Miller is 41. Actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier is 40.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Eureka,No.7,in first place;Gold Rush,No.1,in second place;Gorgeous George,No.8,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:48.82.
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. Abusiness was broken into andmore than $1,000 worth of items werestolen on the 300 block of Main Streetbefore 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.
. Construction equipment worthapproximately $2,000 was stolen from atruck on the 600 block of Railroad Avenuebefore 8:39 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Petty theft.
Abike that was worth $200was stolen on the 700 block of Arnold Waybefore 9:57 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.
. Avehicle window was smashedand a wallet containing $400 and credit cardswas taken from the central console onHighway 1 before 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.
Aman was arrested for possessionof a controlled substance on the 200 blockof Yale Avenue before 2:08 a.m. Tuesday,Nov. 12.
. During a routine traffic stop, a policeofficer detained a person who had possessionof a switchblade on California and HarvardAvenue before 11:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.
. Aman was arrested for possession of suspected methamphetamine and a glasspipe at Johnson Pier before 11:27 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 27.
Police reports
Awoman called police to report herpassport and other important docu-ments were missing on F Street inBurlingame before 12:27 p.m. onFriday, Nov. 8.
By David Egan
San Mateo-based Shopping for a Changehas helped indigenous artisans from as faraway as Bangladesh and Vietnam sell theirhand-crafted goods of sustainable materialsfor the last three years. “These are artistic skills passed down bygeneration and are made into items that aremore attractive to the western market,” saidfounder Stacey Horowitz, who began work-ing on the website in 2010. Several simultaneous events changed heroutlook on where her life was going. Shewas approaching 50 and felt a stronger needthan ever to contribute to society on a glob-al scale. “I told myself I have to do something andmake a difference, because you never knowwhen you are going to be here or not,” saidHorowitz.In early 2009, Horowitz and her familytraveled to the Galapagos Islands and Peruwhere she witnessed poverty firsthand. Shesaw a lot of mothers and their children try-ing to do some work to earn some money. “I felt a connection and a sisterhood withthose women,” said Horowitz.She wanted find a way to discover a talentthey had and use it in their natural environ-ment where it can be used in a sustainablemanner, Horowitz said. This idea was thefoundation for Shopping for a Change. After returning from the vacation,Horowitz struggled with what she saw. Sheknew what she saw in Peru also took placein many developing countries. According toHorowitz, mothers were single for a varietyof reasons. “They lost spouses to war, spousal abuseor unemployment,” said Horowitz. She wanted to create a model that couldreach out to different women, although sheis not opposed to working with men whoneed help as well. The idea was to build amodel that would help all these peoplewhile still do something at home, Horowitzsaid. “When Shopping for a Change first cameout it was at the peak of the economic down-turn,” said Horowitz. “It was tough to start abusiness, let alone a nonprofit.”With her background in artistry, market-ing and journalism, Horowitz was able toget the site running. She spent monthsresearching what other people were doing tobring fair trade products to the market andhow that could be implemented with a non-profit organization. Horowitz was surprisedto find none of the fair trades had a businessmodel she had in mind. She reached out toseveral nonprofits and came up with a coregroup of nonprofits from which peoplecould choose. The site included groups suchas Boys & Girls Clubs of America and TeachFor America.
How it works
The artisans are paid up front for theirprojects so, when the consumer pays, half of the payment will go to a U.S.-based char-ity listed on the site. The consumer has thechoice of which charity to sponsor. “After we sell our products through ourwebsite, we do a live event,” said Horowitz.“We split net proceeds from sales.”Since the artisans are already taken careof, half of the proceeds go to a communityproject that is part of the artisan’s commu-nity. Shopping for a Change, along withseveral nonprofit organizations, have fund-ed two community projects and are in theprocess of a third project. They helped payfor a well pumping system in an area of Swaziland, because they never had cleanwater there for its 400 residents. There aremore than 700 artisan women throughoutthe rural areas in Swaziland who are nowemployed.Women are able to work at their ownleisure and work as much or as little as theywant, Horowitz said. In some cases, theycan work from home or meet up with otherartisan women. Last year, they also helped fund a teacherfor a year in Kenya. There are 80 students toone teacher in a classroom, she said. “We were able to cut that number in half,”said Horowitz. Horowitz and the community project arecurrently working on a nutritional projectthat will help the Amazon in Ecuador. Theyare working with a tribe there and teachingthem how to create communal gardens thatthe tribe can use to grow food. Educators andspecialists are assisting the tribe with the
Shopping for a Change empowers talented artisans and impoverished communities
Assisting indigenous artisans
Shopping for a Change founder StaceyHorowitz with some of the products she sellsto help indigenous artists.

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