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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XIII,Edition 106
Gold,  Jewelry, Diamonds
Sliver & Coins
By Angela Swartz
Freedom from harassment based on gen-der identity and gender expression wereadded to the San Mateo County Office of Education anti-harassment policy as part of the county’s work to keep up to date withstate and local anti-bullying efforts.Back in July, the state passed AssemblyBill 1266, which required public K-12schools to let transgender students choosewhich restrooms they use and which schoolteams they join based on their gender iden-tity. Ted Lempert, president of the SanMateo County Board of Education, said theOffice of Education is continuing to try toupdate its policy to track with the state law.The Board of Education is made up of elect-ed officials who oversee the Office of Education, which is run by the county super-intendent.The policy now states “all students, staff and parents/guardians [are] free from harass-ment or any activity that degrades theunique qualities of an individual, such asrace, gender, gender identity, gender expres-sion, ethnicity, age, culture, heritage, sexu-ality, physical/mental/intellectual attrib-utes or religious beliefs and practices,”according to a staff report.
Anti-bullying policy updated
Changes reflect state trends such as genderidentity and expression
By Michelle Durand
San Mateo County’s piece of $1.1 billionawarded in a lawsuit over lead paint willprobably be enough money to remove itfrom all local homes that still have it, saidCounty Counsel John Beiers.The county’s piece of the rulingannounced Monday is not yet in hand — thethree companies ordered to pay the moneyhave vowed to appeal the preliminary rul-ing and the original lawsuit alone took 13years to resolve since the initial filing. Butonce those avenues are exhausted and if theplaintiffs prevail, Beiers said the countywill launch “a very deliberate process” withthe Board of Supervisors, the HealthSystem and the Department of Housing overhow to best utilize the money such aswhether the county will proactively seekout affected homes or have occupants con-tact the county.The intent of the award from Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra and NLIndustries was tohelp rid lead paint from an estimated 5 mil-lion homes in the 10 cities and counties,including San Mateo County, which sued. The suit accused the paint companies of knowingly promoting and selling lead
County’s $55M settlement would go into lead program
Monday’s $1.1 billion award over lead paint will likelybe appealed by companies ordered to pay
Hill takingaim at farmantibiotics
Legislation would phaseout use in livestock,poultry
By Samantha Weigel
State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo,announced Tuesday his plans to introduce abill to phase out the use of antibiotics inCalifornia farm animals when the legisla-ture reconvenes Jan. 6. His proposal alignswith the Food and DrugAdministration state-ment last week that itwould ask pharmaceuti-cal companies, livestockand poultry producers tostop using antibiotics topromote faster growth inanimals. However, thisrecommendation carries no legal weight soit’s important to make it a compulsory reg-ulation, Hill said. His legislation would codify the FDAout-line, condemn antibiotics being used solelyto enhance growth, require strict veterinaryoversight and stipulates that any violation
 Jerry Hill
Police:Job applicant stole from tip jar
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Policesay a woman applying for a job at aDelaware restaurant stole money froma tip jar.Rehoboth Beach police say thewoman filled out an application atFive Guys last Friday, then took about$15 from two separate jars.Police say a review of the applica-tion and surveillance footage led tothe arrest of 44-year-old MelissaBrittingham.WXDE-FM reports that Brittinghamlater pleaded guilty to a theft chargeand received one year of probation.Brittingham must also pay a $500fine and court costs.
Man ticketed for trying to trade gator for beer
MIAMI — Florida wildlife officialssay a man tried to trade a live alligatorfor beer at a Miami convenience store.State Fish and WildlifeConservation Commissionspokesman Jorge Pino says the manreceived a citation for illegally captur-ing and trying to sell the gator.Pino tells WTVJ-TVthat the mantrapped the 4-foot-long gator at anearby park and brought it to the storeDec. 10. When he proposed to tradethe animal for a 12-pack of beer, thestore clerk called authorities.Pino says the alligator was “prettymuch in good shape.” The animal wasreleased back into the wild.
Mock trial for ‘The Night Before Christmas’
TROY, N.Y. — It’s a controversywhose roots trace back nearly two cen-turies to a holiday poem first pub-lished in an upstate New York newspa-per: Who really wrote “AVisit from St.Nicholas”?This week, a mock trial will be heldin a courtroom in Troy, where the now-classic also known as “The NightBefore Christmas” was first publishedanonymously in the Sentinel newspa-per on Dec. 23, 1823.The Daily Gazette of Schenectadyreports that Wednesday’s trial willhave a prominent local lawyer repre-senting Clement Clark Moore, awealthy scholar from New York Citywho’s credited with writing the poem.Other attorneys will argue the side of Henry Livingston Jr., whose descen-dants claim the gentleman farmer fromthe Hudson Valley was the true author.Actors portraying Moore andLivingston will take the stand duringthe courtroom showdown.
Swimmer nabs monster lobster off California coast
HUNTINGTON BEACH — JosephAli says onlookers thought he wasdrunk when he dove into the night-time waters around a SouthernCalifornia pier. But he came awaywith a monster of a lobster and thecatch of a lifetime. Ali tells the Orange County Registerhe was closing his father’s business,Zack’s Pier Plaza in HuntingtonBeach, on Monday when he saw theocean was calm and decided to dive fordinner. He was down about 15 feet goingafter a smaller lobster when he saw thegiant. He says it was too big to grabproperly, but it latched onto him, andhe wrestled it to shore.The lobster weighed nearly 18pounds — even a 5-pounder is consid-ered trophy-sized — and was likely atleast 30 years old.
Arrest in ‘deposit fishing’case
MEDFORD, Ore. — Police in thesouthern Oregon city of Medford saythey’ve made one arrest in the case of two men observed on surveillancevideo trying to fish deposits out of bank overnight drop boxes.The Mail Tribune reports that 38-year-old Ryan Kullrich of Bakersfieldas arrested for investigation of sec-ond-degree burglary and attemptedfirst-degree theft.Police say similar thefts and theftattempts have been reported in CentralPoint and Grants Pass in Oregon and inUkiah. Medford police have taken sixreports of deposit pilfering attemptssince Dec. 13.
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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is 33.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
“AChristmas Carol,” by CharlesDickens, was first published inEngland.
“I never could see why people were so happy about Dickens’‘A Christmas Carol’because I never had any confidence that Scrooge wasgoing to be different the next day.” 
— Dr.Karl Menninger,American psychiatrist (1893-1990)
Actress Alyssa Milano is 41.Rapper Lady Sovereign is 28.
A member of China’s national pole dance team performs at a park after the city’s first snow this winter in Tianjin.
: Partly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Breezy. Highs inthe mid 50s. North winds 20 to 30 mphdecreasing to 10 to 20 mph in the after-noon.
Thursday night:
Mostly clear. Lows inthe lower 40s. North winds 10 to 20mph...Becoming northeast 5 to 10 mphafter midnight.
Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10to 20 mph...Becoming 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Friday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s.Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening...Becominglight.
: Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s.
Saturday night through Monday night
: Mostly clear.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1777
, Gen. George Washington led his army of about11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter.
In 1813, 
British forces captured Fort Niagara during theWar of 1812.
In 1910
, the artificial fiber rayon was first commerciallyproduced by the American Viscose Co. of Marcus Hook, Pa.
In 1932, 
the British Broadcasting Corp. began transmit-ting overseas with its Empire Service to Australia.
In 1946
, war broke out in Indochina as troops under HoChi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.
In 1950
, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named com-mander of the military forces of the North Atlantic TreatyOrganization.
In 1961
, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.,73, suffered a debilitating stroke while in Palm Beach, Fla.
In 1972, 
Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, windingup the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
In 1974
, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41stvice president of the United States.
In 1984
, a fire at the Wilberg Mine near Orangeville, Utah,killed 27 people. Britain and China signed an accord return-ing Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
In 1986
, Lawrence E. Walsh was appointed independentcounsel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1998
, President Bill Clinton was impeached by theRepublican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of  justice (he was later acquitted by the Senate).
Ten years ago
: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafiagreed tohalt his nation’s drive to develop nuclear and chemicalweapons. Design plans were unveiled for the signature sky-scraper — a 1,776-foot glass tower — at the site of theWorld Trade Center in New York City.
In other news ...
(Answers tomorrow)PYLON MOLDYPILLAR MISUSEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The cyclops teacher had just — ONE PUPILNow 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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Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 93. Actress CicelyTyson is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician MauriceWhite (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 72. Former South KoreanPresident Lee Myung-bak is 72. Actress Elaine Joyce is 70.Actor Tim Reid is 69. Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey is 69.Musician John McEuen is 68. Singer Janie Fricke is 66. Jazzmusician Lenny White is 64. Actor Mike Lookinland is 53.Actress Jennifer Beals is 50. Actor Scott Cohen is 49. ActorRobert MacNaughton is 47. Magician Criss Angel is 46.Rock musician Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) is 46. Rockmusician Kevin Shepard is 45. Actress Kristy Swanson is 44.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Big Ben,No.4,in first place;Gold Rush,No.1,in second place;and Eueka,No.7,in third place.The race time wasclocked at 1:40.46.
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Petty theft.
Two bicycles were stolen froma vehicle on Treedust Street before 9:46 p.m.Monday, Dec. 16.
Suspicious circumstances.
Footstepswere heard on the rooftop of an apartmentbuilding on Shorebird Circle before 9:23p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.
. Speakers, a subwoofer and otherDJ equipment were stolen on East BayshoreRoad before 6:23 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.
. Avehicle hit a bicyclist on ElCamino Real before 4:20 p.m. Monday,Dec. 16.
Stolen vehicle.
Avehicle was reportedstolen on Jackson Avenue before 4:18 p.m.Monday, Dec. 16.
Petty theft.
Money was stolen from apurse on Duane Street before 2:30 p.m.Monday, Dec. 16.
Aperson was found sleeping inanother person’s car on the 1100 block of ElCamino Real Sunday, Dec. 15.
. Aperson stole $700 worth of items on the 1100 block of El Camino Realbefore 5:47 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
Ateenage male was found uncon-scious by a skateboard at the intersection of Jenevein and Redwood avenues before 8:26a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
Police reports
 Junk mail
Two men were found stealing mail froma recycling bin at the 600 block of Rollins Road in Burlingame before1:04 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Redwood City officials say they are prior-itizing fire prevention and safety at theSims Metal recycling center after the secondfire in as many months Tuesday filled the airwith smoke and raised questions about therepeat incident.Fire Chief Jim Skinner met with Sims’officials Wednesday about immediateactions that could be implemented to pre-vent future fires and the city directed Sims toimmediately take extra fire preventionmeasures during investigation of the two-alarm blaze at 699 Seaport Blvd.“This is the second fire in approximatelyfive weeks,” Mayor Jeff Gee said in a pre-pared statement. “As a city, we are very con-cerned, and protecting our immediate andregional community is an absolute priorityfor the Redwood City team.”The last fire was Nov. 10 and led to theBay Area Air Quality Control Board lastweek issuing Sims a public nuisance cita-tion. Asimilar citation is anticipated forTuesday’s fire, according to city spokes-woman Sheri Costa-Batis. The Dec. 17 fire was initially reported at 1a.m. as a small explosion but fire crewsraised the level to “structure fire.” The firewas under control by 7:30 a.m. and fully outby 10:15 a.m. There were no injuries butsmoke and the smell of burning rubber wasreported as far away as Morgan Hill.Tuesday was the 10th consecutive Sparethe Air Day and particulate matter was likelyhigher because of the fire. After the Nov. 10 fire, Sims reportedlycollaborated with regional authorities suchas the BAAQCD, Regional Water Board andthe San Mateo County EnvironmentalHealth Division to implement measures likereducing stockpile size, improving firebreaks and implementing infrared monitor-ing of stockpiles, according to Costa-Batis.However, the city remains concernedbecause the two fires took place in a shortspan of time, she said.
City moves intopost-fire mode
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By Jeff Shuttleworth
Workers have finished a permanent fix forproblem bolts on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, a Caltrans spokesman saidWednesday.Spokesman Andrew Gordon said the workwas completed at about 11 a.m. yesterdayand cost about $25 million, which is abouttwice the amount that transportation offi-cials predicted when the bolt problem wasdiscovered in the spring.Gordon said the cost was higher than orig-inally expected because, “This was a unique,complex problem that demanded a unique,complex solution.”In March, nearly one-third of the 96 boltsthat secure earthquake shock absorbersknown as shear keys to the deck of thebridge failed when they were tightened.The shear keys are designed to preventswaying during an earthquake, which is akey element in the construction of the $6.4billion span because the goal is to make itseismically safe since a portion of theexisting bridge failed in the 1989 LomaPrieta earthquake.The problem threatened to delay the planby transportation officials to open the neweastern span, which is intended to be saferin earthquakes than the old span, over LaborDay weekend.But transportation officials then learnedof and approved a short-term fix whichinvolved inserting large steel plates,known as shims, into each of four bearings,enhancing their ability to safely distributeenergy during an earthquake.The long-term solution to fixing the bro-ken bolts on the eastern span was to coverthem with an exterior saddle and cable sys-tem that is encased in concrete. Gordon said the temporary shims wereremoved yesterday.Several engineering experts haveexpressed concern that there could be prob-lems over the long term with other bolts onthe new eastern span but Gordon said testsare being conducted to address those con-cerns and see if those bolts must be replacedat some point.He said those tests are expected to be com-pleted by next fall.But Gordon said Caltrans officials believethat the new eastern span is safe.
Caltrans: Bay Bridge bolt problem fixed

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