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12/09/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Monday
Dec.9,2013
Vol XIII,Edition 97
WINTERSTORM
NATION PAGE 7
 
SHP GATORS TOCHAMPIONSHIP
SPORTSPAGE 11
‘FROZENTOPS BOXOFFICE AT $ 31.6 M
DATEBOOK PAGE 19
WEATHER SNARLS TRAFFIC, CAUSES COLLISIONS
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The sweetheart deal betweenUnited Airlines and the city of Oakland that diverted $10 millionin jet fuel sales tax away from SanMateo County was based on thelocation of a “sham” office that didnot actually conduct such busi-ness, accordingto the stateBoard of Equalization’sAppealsDivision.The conclu-sion could meanthe funds will bereallocated toSan MateoCounty along with smalleramounts to the cities of Ontario,Palm Springs, San Diego and SantaBarbara and Sacramento Countythat also challenged claims fueltransactions happened in theOakland office.“There’s a lot at stake,” saidCounty Manager John Maltbie.But a Board of Equalization hear-ing set for next week is nowpushed back likely to Marchbecause the city of Oakland askedfor more Appeals Division reviewof the ruling that it did not complywith the requirements of the lawallowing the airline to locate anoffice and split the sales tax ratherthan paying San Mateo Countywhere San Francisco InternationalAirport is located. The Board of Equalization willtake the challenge up about six tonine months later and DeputyCounty Counsel David Silbermansaid he feels the counties will bevictorious. If not, the next step iscourt, he said.In 2003, Oakland and UnitedAirlines struck a deal which cut out
 Jet fuel tax fight taking off
San Mateo County officials fighting for about $10M,Board of Equalization to decide
 John Maltbie
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
When Brian Skinner and PatriciaMcDaniel bought their first homein the North Central San Mateoneighborhood, they had no refer-ence as to the history behind theproperty. Now, three years later,Skinner and McDaniel haveacquired a wealth of backgroundinformation behind their QueenAnne style home, the VollersHouse.On Monday, the San Mateo CityCouncil approved Skinner’s andMcDaniel’s application to havetheir North Claremont Street homedesignated as historical under theMills Act. This state law allows the city toprovide tax relief to owners of his-torically significant properties
Tax relief to assisthome’s restoration
North Central San Mateo couple utilizingMills Act to renovate 1891 historic home
 The owners of the Vollers house will apply to have their San Mateo homelisted on the National Register of Historic Places.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Mateo County is officiallytaking over a previously cash-strapped Moss Beach park sold atauction earlier this year after itsnonprofit operators failed to payroughly $8,000 in back taxes.Paul and Julie Shenkman, own-ers of Sam’s Chowder House onCabrillo Highway, covered the
County taking over coastsidepark once sold off at auction
 ANGELA SWARTZ/DAILY JOURNAL
Lynae Folks and her husband Danny Parodi will close their Burlingame engraving business after the site’s property owner raises rent.
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
After 33 years in business, alocal engraving store is shuttingits doors due to rising rent costs.The Personal Touch of Burlingame will be closing inJanuary 2014, after finding a finalBurlingame home at 257 PrimroseRoad for 18 years. Its previouslocation was at BurlingameAvenue and Park Road. LynaeFolks first opened the store in1981 and weathered three floods,two fires, earthquake retrofittingand other challenges over theyears. Folks and her husband, andco-owner, Danny Parodi made thedecision to close two weeks agoafter failed negotiations with theirlandlord.“We pleaded with the landlord,but they keep raising rents,” saidFolks, who lives in San Carlos.“We paid top dollar and had no airconditioning in the summer orheat in the winter. Aclient justcame in and said what everyone issaying, ‘It’s sad to see so manysmall businesses leaveBurlingame.’”This disappearance of smallbusinesses concerns her sincethey are the first who support thecommunity through donationssince the chain stores have to gothrough corporate offices, shesaid. Her store delivers packagesafter closing times and knows cus-tomers by name, she added.Country clubs in the area wouldalso use her engravings for theirlogos.“We have gotten to knowclients over the last 33 years,”she said. “Children used to sit onthe floor and play with our dog(Star Baby). They were not justclients, they were family. Youdon’t get that in a big store.”
Losing ‘The Personal Touch’
Longtime Burlingame engraving business closing its doors
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Couple accidentally gets bag of cash at drive-thru
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — AsuburbanNashville couple got more than theyexpected in their to-go order in aMcDonald’s drive-thru: Abag of coldcash.WTVF-TVreports thousands of dol-lars in cash packaged for a bank deposithad been placed in a paper to-go bagnear the drive-thru orders on Tuesdaymorning. An employee mistakenlypassed the bag to Greg and Stacye Terrywho had just been looking for breakfast.The employee realized the mistakealmost immediately and followed theTerrys to their home a short distanceaway.Meanwhile, the couple was ready forbreakfast.“My husband opened the bag and dis-covered the money inside,” Stacye Terrysaid. “He said, ‘You are not going tobelieve this.’Sure enough, it was theirbank deposit money.“The second that he said it was theirdeposit, my first thing was let's get inthe truck and take it back.”They said they had a good laugh andeven took photos of the cash beforereturning it to the employee. They post-ed a picture to Facebook of the wads of bills in plastic bags with what look likeyellow deposit slips.The owner and operator of theMcDonald’s, Phil Gray, in a statementthanked the Terrys and said he is lookinginto how the mistake happened.
‘Cannibal sandwiches’sicken Wisconsin residents
MILWAUKEE — “Cannibal sandwich-es,” an appetizer featuring raw, leanground beef served on cocktail bread,may be a Wisconsin tradition, but theyare not safe, health officials said, notingthat more than a dozen people became illafter consuming them last holiday sea-son.Health officials confirmed four casestied to E. coli bacteria and 13 likelycases in people who ate the sandwichesat several gatherings late last year, theCenters for Disease Control andPrevention said a report issued thisweek. The meat came from a Watertownmarket that later recalled more than2,500 pounds of meat.Cannibal sandwiches were tied to out-breaks in Wisconsin in 1972, 1978 and1994. The appetizer, also called “tigermeat,” “steak tartare” or simply “groundbeef,” is usually a simple dish of leanground meat seasoned with salt and pep-per on rye cocktail bread with sliced rawonion, said Milwaukee historian JohnGurda, who served it at his 1977 weddingreception. Occasionally, a raw egg willbe mixed with the meat.Cannibal sandwiches have been a fes-tive dish in German, Polish and otherethnic communities in the Milwaukeearea since the 19th century, Gurda said.The 66-year-old said it was once com-mon to see them at wedding receptions,meals following funerals and Christmasand New Year's Eve parties. The dish hasbecome less common in recent yearswith greater awareness of the risks of uncooked meat and fewer people eatingbeef, but Gurda said he still runs into it.“It’s like a coarse pate and when youput the onions on, there's a crunch aswell and that kind of cuts the softness,”he said.Keith Meyer, who runs L&M Meats, aKenosha butcher shop started by hisfather, recalled his German grandfatherand other “old guys” gobbling theground beef when he was growing up.With his grandfather gone, Meyer's fam-ily no longer serves the dish, but the 57-year-old said, “It’s really not that bad, if you get by the texture of it.” “It's like eating a cold hamburgerthat’s a little on the raw side,” Meyeradded.His butcher shop sells 50 to 100pounds of freshly ground round onChristmas Eve, New Year's Eve and per-haps a day before those holidays to peo-ple wishing to make cannibal sandwich-es. Glenn’s Market and Catering, theWatertown butcher involved in therecall, does a similar holiday business,vice president Jeff Roberts said.Both stores label their ground beef with warnings about consuming raw orundercooked meat, but the men said it'sunlikely people are buying it to cook.With the fat trimmed off before grind-ing, the meat is too lean to make adecent hamburger, Meyer said.
FOR THE RECORD2
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Dec.9,2013
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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 JohnMalkovich is 60.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1987
The first Palestinian intefadeh, oruprising, began as riots broke out inGaza and spread to the West Bank,triggering a strong Israeli response.
“Give me the liberty to know,to utter,and to arguefreely according to conscience,above all liberties.” 
— John Milton,English poet (1608-1674)
Actor Kirk Douglasis 97.Musician Brian Bell(Weezer) is 45.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A performer blows fire from his mouth as he performs outside the headquarters of India’s main opposition Bharatiya JanataParty during the celebrations in New Delhi.
Freeze warning in effect through9 am MondayMonday
: Sunny. Widespread frost inthe morning. Highs around 50.Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph.
Monday night
: Clear. Areas of frost.Lows in the mid 30s. East winds 5 to15 mph.
Tuesday
: Sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. Highsin the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday night
: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s.
Wednesday and Wednesday
night: Mostly clear.Highs in the mid 50s. Lows around 40.
Thursday through Saturday
: Partly cloudy. Highsin the upper 50s. Lows in the lower 40s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1608
, English poet John Milton was born inLondon.
In 1854
, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous poem, “TheCharge of the Light Brigade,” was published in England.
In 1911
, an explosion inside the Cross Mountain coalmine near Briceville, Tenn., killed 84 workers. (Fivewere rescued.)
In 1912
, longtime House Speaker Thomas “Tip”O’Neill was born in Cambridge, Mass.
In 1940
, British troops opened their first major offen-sive in North Africa during World War II.
In 1942
, the Aram Khachaturian ballet “Gayane,” fea-turing the surging “Sabre Dance,” was first performed byRussia’s Kirov Ballet.
In 1958
, the anti-communist John Birch Society wasformed in Indianapolis.
In 1962
, the Petrified Forest in Arizona was designateda national park.
In 1971
, Nobel Peace laureate Ralph Bunche died inNew York.
In 1982
, special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworskidied at his Wimberley, Texas, ranch at age 77.
In 1984
, the five-day-old hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetlin-er that claimed the lives of two Americans ended asIranian security men seized control of the plane, whichwas parked at Tehran airport.
In 1992
, Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Dianaannounced their separation. (The couple’s divorcebecame final Aug. 28, 1996.)
In other news ...
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Actor Dick Van Patten is 85. Actor-writer Buck Henry is 83.Actress Dame Judi Dench is 79. Actor Beau Bridges is 72. Jazzsinger-musicianDan Hicks is 72. Football Hall-of-Famer DickButkus is 71. Author Joe McGinniss is 71. Actor MichaelNouri is 68. Former Sen. Thomas Daschle, D-S.D., is 66.World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite is 64. Singer JoanArmatrading is 63. Actor Michael Dorn is 61. Country singerSylvia is 57. Singer Donny Osmond is 56. Rock musicianNick Seymour (Crowded House) is 55. Comedian MarioCantone is 54. Actor David Anthony Higgins is 52. Actor JoeLando is 52. Actress Felicity Huffman is 51. Crown PrincessMasako of Japan is 50. Country musician Jerry Hughes(Yankee Grey) is 48. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is 47.
 
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Dec.9,2013
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
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fter the Japanese bombed PearlHarbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the SanMateo Coast was very vulnerable toenemy invasion.Patrols were immediately formed to keeptrack of any suspicious or military activitythat was going on along the coast. Therewas only one main highway along thecoast, so it was used extensively for themovement of military personnel to the dif-ferent posts that would be established. Asthese positions would be facing the PacificOcean and be concerned with water, theNavy and the Coast Guard were the maindepartments that guarded the coast,although the U.S. Army’s 56th CoastArtillery pulled four 155 mm portable how-itzer guns to the coast and placed them in ElGranada. These howitzers would give mobil-ity to the small force that was there at first.Foot and horse patrols on local beacheswere directed from a 100-year-old build-ing/pub and inn (Wave Crest Inn) that was
The San Mateo coastduring World War II
REDWOODCITY 
Stolen vehicle
. A2006 whiteChevrolet Silverado was stolen after thedriver left the keys on the seat on SecondAvenue before 12:51 p.m. Wednesday,Dec. 3.
Residential burglary
. Wrenches,saws, tiles, lighting fixtures, remodelingsupplies and a washer and dryer werestolen on Mitchell Way before 10:05a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Accident
. Avehicle ran into a businesson Broadway and caused a minor injurybefore 11:26 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.
Suspicious person
. Agroup of teenssmoked marijuana in a park onMiddlefield Road before 10:23 a.m.Monday, Dec. 2.
Suspicious circumstances
. Drugswere found at the intersection of Woodside Road and Gordon Street before9:32 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.
BELMONT
Theft
. Car parts were stolen on FifthAvenue before 8:29 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.
Burglary
. An unlocked storage unit wasbroken into on Arbor Avenue before 9:02p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.
Graffiti
. The exterior of a house wasspray-painted on Oneill Avenue before8:33 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.
Police reports
Shopping cart road rage
Aman intentionally struck someone’scar with a shopping cart on MetroCenter Boulevard in Foster City before1:33 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM
A World War II observation bunker overlooking Whale Cove (by Devil’s Slide) that never became a restaurant.

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