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12/08/2013

 
www.smdailyjournal.com
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Friday
Nov.22,2013
Vol XII,Edition 83
Family Owned & Operated
 Established: 1949
TIMETOPREPARE
WEEKEND JOURNAL PAGES 20-26
 
DOW CLOSESABOVE 16,000
BUSINESS PAGE 10
‘MONSTER’EXPLOSION
NATION PAGE 5
DAILY JOURNAL’S GUIDE FOR EVERYTHING THANKSGIVING
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The two murder suspects in a botched SanMateo home invasion robbery that ended upgetting their friend killed pleaded not guiltyyesterday to murder charges and allegationsthat could eventually leave both facing lifein prison without the possibility of paroleor even the death penalty.Bunn Vo, 22, of San Jose, and Edwin Lee,23, of Daly City, are each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery,kidnapping to commit robbery and conspir-acy. Prosecutors are still researching thepossible addition of the special circum-stance allegation that the murder happenedduring the commission of another felony
Pair plead not guilty in friend’s murder
Man fatally shot during home invasion robbery,death penalty possible
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Constant connectivity to the Internet anddevices led one San Mateo school to offer atwo-week technology free challenge to itseighth grade class.The challenge, which wraps up today, wasborn out of the idea that children are look-ing for more boundaries and good examplesset around them to manage their engage-ment with technology. Students voluntarilychose to give up cellphones, iPads,iTouches, video games, social media sites,texting, Snapchat, Instagram, music videosand other outlets for 12 days. Music, regulartelevision, movies and class movies wereallowed.
Eighth-graderstry going tech-free
St.Matthew students say two-week challenge led to more time
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The longtime wish for a hotel on land SanCarlos has deemed landmark propertiescould gain traction with the $13.7 millionpurchase of three parcels in the industrialarea near the city’s gateway.Earlier this year, city officials wrestledwith the idea of protecting the area fromlarge-scale gyms and other non-hotel usesby changing the zoning. Proponents arguedthe challenge of creating a space for a hoteland its precious revenue to the city.Opponents maintained a hotel would behard-pressed to materialize and said the mar-ket should decide. Now, the market appar-ently is leaning toward a hotel after all.Several hotel developers have expressedvarying levels of interest and the owners of 595 Industrial Road, 810 E. San Carlos Ave.and 850 E. San Carlos Ave. are reportedlyeager to sell — so eager in fact they want ashort close. But hotel developers don’toperate quite that quickly so to overcomethe potential obstacle of a roughly 120-dayescrow, the city is considering a short-termpurchase of the land from the owners, saidCouncilman Mark Olbert.The danger is the city being left holdingthe 3.91 acres of land if a hotel deal nevertranspires, but Olbert called it a low-riskinvestment.“I think at this state of the economiccycle, holding an investment of land is agood idea. We have a concept in place, avetted level of interest and it would be real-ly silly to let this kind of opportunity go,”Olbert said.
City may buy land for hotel
Cost of three San Carlos parcels deemed ‘landmark properties’is $13.7M
California healthexchange upholdspolicy cancelations
By Juliet Williams
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO — The board overseeingCalifornia’s health insurance exchangevoted unanimously Thursday to stick withits current year-end deadline of phasing outmore than 1 million individual health insur-ance policies that fail to meet requirementsof the federal health care overhaul, turningaside a plea by President Barack Obama tolet those policies continue.In voting 5-0, Covered California boardmembers said allowing the older polices tocontinue would undermine the new insur-ance marketplaces. Those policies are beingended because they do meet the more exten-sive requirements for essential benefitsunder the federal Affordable Care Act.“There’s no way to make the federal lawwork without this transition to ACA-com-pliant plans,” board member SusanKennedy said. “Delaying the transitionisn’t going to help anyone; it just delaysthe problems. I actually think that it’sgoing to make a bad situation worse if wecomplicate it further.”The state insurance commissioner hassaid that 1.1 million Californians arereceiving notices that their current individ-ual health insurance policies will be discon-
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Congressman memorialized
The downtown San Mateo postoffice was officially renamed in honorof the late congressman Leo J. Ryanthe week of Nov. 22, 2008, 30 yearsafter he was shot to death on a Guyanatarmac and more than 900 followersof Jim Jones and the People’sTemple committed suicide nearby.The honor was the work of U.S.Rep. Jackie Speier, D-SanMateo, who, asRyan’s political aide,was seriously injuredin the attack.Speier, D-San Mateo, started herventure into politics as a highschool volunteer for Ryan’s cam-paign. Naming the post office afterRyan is a fitting tribute to a “consum-mate civil servant,” Speier told acrowd gathered in front of the postoffice on Monday of that week.On Nov. 18, 1978, Ryan paid theultimate price for his unwaveringquest for the truth. While on a fact-finding mission to the jungles of Guyana, he and a coalition of staff members and press were gunned downon an airstrip near Jonestown bymembers of the People’s Temple.
Board tackles vacancy plans
The Board of Supervisors decidedthe week of Nov. 22, 2008, to onlycall for a special election to replaceSupervisor Jerry Hill, just elected tothe state Assembly, if it does find anappropriate candidate among thoseapplying for an appoint-ment.The board opted for thetwo-pronged approach onTuesday of that week inhopes of avoiding a specialelection which was estimated to costupwards of $1.6 million if it is theonly item on the ballot.
Unlicensed contracting sting nabs 22
Twenty-two unlicensed contractorsbid on home improvement jobs val-ued at more than $500 during a two-day sting, the District Attorney’sOffice announced the week of Nov.22, 2008.The 22 contractors were eitherarrested or issued citations in theundercover bust held the previousweek at homes in Belmont and MenloPark.
Crab season starts with a whimper
The beginning of crab season theweek of Nov. 22, 2008, was as bad —or worse — than fishermen expect-ed.Fishermen were returningto harbor with an average of one to three crabs per pot onSaturday of that week. Innormal seasons, fishermen haul inapproximately 15 crabs per pot.The haul confirmed what everyonewas already fearing — that in a com-mon occurrence, crab did not settlein the area that year. The low crabcount already had some fishermenselling crab for $5 to $5.50 perpound straight off their boats.
From the archives highlights stories origi-nally printed five years agothis week. Itappears in the Friday edition of the DailyJournal.
FOR THE RECORD2
Friday
Nov.22,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
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Actress Jamie LeeCurtis is 55.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1963
President John F. Kennedy was shotto death during a motorcade in Dallas;Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in thesame open car as the president, wasseriously wounded. Asuspect, LeeHarvey Oswald, was arrested.
“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men,and men aregreat only if they are determined to be so.” 
— Charles de Gaulle (born this date in 1890,died 1970)
Movie director Terry Gilliam is 73.Actress Scarlett Johansson is 29.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A ship ran aground next to damaged houses after it was swept at the height of Typhoon Haiyan nearly two weeks ago,in Tacloban city in central Philippines.
Friday
: Sunny...Breezy. Highs in theupper 50s. Northeast winds 20 to 30mph...Becoming north 5 to 15 mph inthe afternoon.
Friday night:
Clear. Lows in the lower40s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday
: Sunny. Highs in the upper50s. East winds 10 to 20mph...Becoming 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night:
Clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwestwinds around 5 mph...Becoming south after midnight.
Sunday
: Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s.
Sunday night:
Clear. Lows in the mid 40s.
Monday through Tuesday:
Mostly clear. Highs in theupper 50s. Lows in the mid 40s.
Tuesday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1718, 
English pirate Edward Teach — better known as“Blackbeard” — was killed during a battle off present-dayNorth Carolina.
In 1862
, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “La Forza del Destino” hadits world premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 1928
, “Bolero” by Maurice Rave was first performed, inParis.
In 1930
, listeners of the British Broadcasting Corp. heard,for the first time, radio coverage of an American collegefootball game as Harvard defeated Yale, 13-0.
In 1935
, a flying boat, the China Clipper, took off fromAlameda carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on thefirst trans-Pacific airmail flight.
In 1943, 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British PrimeMinister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek (chang ky-shehk) met in Cairo to discuss measures fordefeating Japan. Lyricist Lorenz Hart died in New York at age48.
In 1954, 
the Humane Society of the United States wasincorporated as the National Humane Society.
In 1965, 
the musical “Man of La Mancha” opened onBroadway.
In 1967,
the U.N. Security Council approved Resolution242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories ithad captured the previous June, and implicitly called onadversaries to recognize Israel’s right to exist.
In 1975, 
Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.
In 1986, 
Elzire Dionne, who gave birth to quintuplets in1934, died at a hospital in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, atage 77.
(Answers tomorrow)STRUM COVETSESAME REBUKEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:After bumping into the celebrity on the street,she was — STAR-STRUCKNow 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.
PBMILTANGIPRNUSGDERCUE
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Movie director Arthur Hiller is 90. Actor Robert Vaughn is81. Actor Michael Callan is 78. Actor Allen Garfield is 74.Actor Tom Conti is 72. Singer Jesse Colin Young is 72.Astronaut Guion Bluford is 71. International Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King is 70. Rock musician-actor Steve VanZandt (a.k.a. Little Steven) is 63. Rock musician TinaWeymouth (The Heads; Talking Heads; The Tom Tom Club) is63. Retired MLB All-Star Greg Luzinski is 63. Rock musicianLawrence Gowan is 57. Actor Richard Kind is 57. Alt-countrysinger Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers) is 55.Actress Mariel Hemingway is 52. Actor Winsor Harmon is 50.
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are CaliforniaClassic,No.5,in first place;Gorgeous George,No.8,in second place;and Money Bags,No.11,inthird place.The race time was clocked at 1:42.72.
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Friday
Nov.22,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL/STATE
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
Disturbance
. Aman asked for his depositback after being told to leave the Royal Innfor smoking marijuana in a non-smokingroom on Hickey Boulevard before 4:38 a.m.Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Vehicle stolen
. Ared Chevrolet truck wasstolen on Pine Avenue before 6:21 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 13.
SPCA case.
Raccoons were found inside aUS Bank on Grand Avenue before 9:26 a.m.Wednesday, Nov. 13
Burglary.
Computers and files were stolenfrom an business on El Camino Real before10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Accident no injury
. Avehicle ran into astop sign on Eucalyptus and Grand avenuesbefore 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Burglary
. Aman found his ignition sittingon the seat of his truck on CommercialAvenue before 11:29 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.13.
HALF MOON BAY
Petty theft.
An unsecured bike valued at$150 was stolen in front of the library onthe 600 block of Correas Street before 5:30p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18.
Traffic collision
. Minor injuries werereported at a traffic collision on the 2600block of North Cabrillo Highway before6:12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18.
Suspicious circumstance.
Awomanreported a man knocking on the door askingto come in because he was cold on the 1000block of Main Street before 3 a.m. Monday,Nov. 18.
Police reports
It’s so hot
Anaked person inside a parked whiteSUVhad their windows rolled down onVeterans Boulevard and JeffersonAvenue in Redwood City before 12:07p.m., Friday Nov. 15.
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Mateo High School students are pair-ing up with the Samaritan House and SecondHarvest Food Bank to kick off the holidaygiving season with a choir performance atthe Hillsdale Shopping Center Saturday.The school’s annual food drive startedNov. 15 and lasts through Dec. 2. “I think the holidays are a time of comingtogether as a family. I think one of the bestparts of a holiday is having a meal togetherwith your family and it’s so unfortunate thatpeople in our country don’t have that luxu-ry,” said Rachel Royce, a senior at theschool and the co-community service com-missioner for the drive.Students set up at various grocery storesfrom Millbrae to Redwood City to partici-pate in giving back to the community bycollecting food and monetary donations,said Sara Catalli, leadership teacher andactivities director at the school. The bulk othe work for the drive is done by students inthe leadership class who collect, move andstore the food; but the whole school partic-ipates by contributing and gathering dona-tions from neighbors, Catalli said.“We work together as a collective studentbody toward our common goal,” Royce said.The students aren’t just brightening theholidays for those in the community atlarge, they’re helping students within theirschool, Catalli said.“Our school is so socially, economicallyand ethnically diverse, that when you hearthe statistics that one in 10 people in SanMateo County need our help, that includespeople in our own school,” Royce said. The school’s food drive dates back to the1980s when it paired up with the nearbySamaritan House. Over the years, the stu-dents’efforts became so successful thatSamaritan House asked them to pair up witha food bank that had trucks and resources tohelp process the donations. About nineyears ago, the school began to work withthe Second Harvest Food Bank, Catalli said. Samaritan House distributes tens of thou-sands of pounds of food to families duringthe holidays and the school plays a substan-tial role, said Samaritan House spokes-woman Marcy Spiker.“The San Mateo High School CannedFood Drive is an extremely important partof Samaritan House’s holiday food programand we are extremely fortunate to work withsuch an enthusiastic and community-mindedgroup of teens,” Spiker said.This is the first year the school will high-light its charity with a public performance.Shawn Reifschneider is the school’s choirteacher who also works with BurlingameHigh School and will be leading 95 choirstudents to promote the giving spirit. The students’enthusiasm and energy addsto the spirit and makes them a pleasure towork with, Spiker said.“People tend to give more during the hol-iday season because they understand thatthis is the season of giving,” Royce said.The San Mateo and Burlingame highschools choir performance will be held 1p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Nov. 23 at theNordstrom Court in the Hillsdale ShoppingCenter.
For more information about the Samaritan House visit www.samaritanhousesanma-teo.org. For more information about Second  Harvest Food Bank visit www.shfb.org.
Singing in the holiday cheer
San Mateo High School celebrates annual food drive with holiday performance
 
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO California onThursday adopted new flammability stan-dards for furniture and other products thatwould allow manufacturers to stop usingchemical flame retardants.Gov. Jerry Brown said the new standardswere a badly needed update to nearly 40-year-old rules that led to the widespread useof chemicals known as PBDEs to treat thefoam found inside furniture.Current rules require furniture filling towithstand exposure to an open flame, like acandle, for 12 seconds. This is no longer arequirement under the new rules.Instead, manufacturers will reduce fire dan-ger by focusing flammability protection onignition sources that are more common firestarters, like cigarettes, radiant heaters,extension cords and fireplace embers.Brown said the new standards will keepfurniture in homes fire-safe while limitingchemical exposure.“Today, California is curbing toxic chem-icals found in everything from high chairsto sofas,” Brown said in a statement. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention says animal studies show PBDEs— polybrominated diphenyl ethers — canaffect brain development, but human healtheffects from low exposure levels are stillunknown.
New California chemical flame retardant rules adopted

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